Jaime and Jon
Lovely spot with plenty of space and track down to the river. One (ok) long drop toilet, several km of gravel road to entry. Worth a stop to drink your Martinborough spoils!
Rode here with a motorcycle easy going the metal road is not bad. Staying one night, found lots of choices to pitch the tent, not a lot of campers about counter about 5. Best part you have reception, mobile and internet
Lovely area surrounded by gum trees etc. Short walk down to the river, which is a typically pretty Tararua river. Beautiful walk up into the hill (signposted as "Angler's Access"). Couldn't see any campfire pits, despite what DOC website states about lighting campfires, which was disappointing. Sandflies feasted on us despite using repellant. Arggh. Winds got up to severe gusts, as forecasted, so we had to move to a more sheltered area which seemed to have gravel under the turf.... a few tent pegs died that day! Overall 4/10 for comfort, 10/10 for fun.
Nice quiet spot.
Great campsite, beautiful location with lots of space. There are steps down to the river which is gorgeous and great for a swim. We did the signposted 'River Access' walk which was beautiful but parts of the track had washed away making it quite a scramble in places! Gaiters would be handy too for the gorse. Definitely recommended though.
It was very cleany and peaceful campsite, very close to river.
Good flat site, long drop toilet. Short walk down to a lovely swimming spot in the river. Bring your own toilet paper. No drinking water on tap. We will come here again.
It was very good for one night
Winter review: Absolutely worth the gravel road drive! Stunning walking tracks and tucked away from the wind gusts. The gorge below is picturesque (though I may be bias - my fiancé proposed here). Very private in Winter - we were the only ones there. Only improvement is for the drop toilet - not clean at all, but half expected during winter months.
We showed up at this campsite in the middle of the night, and woke up to paradise. Very quiet campsite. The few campers there when we arrived left the next morning. We stayed on a few hours to enjoy the peace and quiet. Swam in the river below. Only amenities are a pit toilet, but it's free and is really a lovely spot.
Not far from Featherston. Weather was not nice when we stayed but river looked good for a swim in a sunny day. Spacious so good to relax in your tent. No picnic areas and basic toilet.
Ten minutes off the main drag with a bit of gravel to a flat camping area of about an acre of grass with three gravel bays in a regenerating native bush park.
Long drop loo with no toilet paper or water.
Very short walk to a beautiful series of bends in crystal clear water with multiple pebble and gravel banks and swimming hole options.
Very nice spot, awesome river, we took a bath and the camping ground is very quiet and clean;)
A good, free location to stop on the way to/from Cape Palliser. Down the steps, the river is pretty, and many locals come during the day for a swim. At night time, the place is dark and quiet, it can get chilly because it is clustered in a valley. One long drop toilet, no paper or sanitizer. Make sure you bring water with you. Enjoy!
Awesome place beside the mountains, great river to have a cold, but clear water bath in. Sit beside the river at sunlight in a camping chair and read a book, while listening to the water. Really lovely place!
I stayed here in winter. There was one other camper when I was there. It was a very quiet, pleasant stay. Very nice location with the river so close by.
Really nice spot, surrounded by hills and a forrest. Not many people here, so nice and quiet. Close to the river and there is a toilet.
Free, nice walk to the river, night wildlife (possum etc).
Free spot, a few km away from the main road (3km of gravel road), with basic toilets. Not a lot of space but there is an access to the river, which makes a kind of pool. Just for one night, no need to stay there anymore.
Mike and Caroline
Standard DOC campsite. Lower score because of the slightly long gravel road that takes you there (quite bumpy). Long drop toilet, no toilet paper when we went so watch out! A lot of dense bush around and right by the river.
Gary and Jen
This was a free DOC campground which was fine. Nothing super special about it and it was a long drive on a gravel road.
We loved it here. The nearby river is fantastic for swimming and the kids loved toasting marshmellows on little fire in the area provided. The outlook isn't as good as some other DOC campsites, but ease of access is fantastic (only 10 mins easy drive from State Highway 2) and the river and nearby walks are good too. It got very windy the night we were here and I've spoken to others that have mentioned the wind here too. It's basic, with just one toilet, but it does the trick. Would certainly stay again.