Woodville Ferry Reserve

Woodville Ferry Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking


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Tararua District Council

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North IslandManawatu - WanganuiWoodville


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Brigit Pratt 's avatar

Brigit Pratt

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing huge grassy area to park up....right by the river. We did the Gorge track from there.....and went for a swim in the River after....pretty amazing! More signage is needed though ad to where the track actually starts.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Mrs Outback

Ranking: 5/10

Stayed there for New Years - 2 nights. Would have been around 20 other campers and plenty of room for more. Lots of dogs which were all well controlled. The wind got up the first night - a little gusty but okay. Second night (New Year’s Eve) the wind was the worst I have ever experienced and not forecast. Tents blown down and motor home/caravans rocking and rolling. Place emptied out by 8am. We left and got to the top Of the road and no wind!!!

Reviewed 7 months ago

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The fizz

Ranking: 5/10

Free campsite.
Has toilets, benches and plenty of grass for cars, tents and self contained vehicles.
Area floods after rainfall.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Ranking: 7/10

Campsite well maintained with plenty of space, situated on the banks of a river. The grass had been recently cut, there were benches and an outdoor bbq as well as signs with information about the local history and conservation efforts. The entrance is just before a road closure which is scheduled to last until 2025 (according to Google) but doesn't affect reaching the campsite. The toilet block with three drop loos is relatively new but unfortunately was not in a good state on our visit and was full of flies and mosquitoes. Better to use your own campervan facilities or stop off in town which has two clean, flushing toilet locations (one open 7am-7pm and the other with a 24h toilet). There is local wildlife so please be responsible with your rubbish and don't leave it outside your vehicle at night.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Van of Green Fables

Ranking: 4/10

Very Large and open grassy area prone to bogging after rain. No wind protection or privacy offered at all, and this area is very popular with dog walkers and bored teens. There is no lasting beauty in this campsite, though the area is steeped in history and Woodville is a lovely little town. There are toilets onsite and back in town there is both a dump station and fresh water. Though I appreciate the effort it is not what I look for in a camp spot.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

David's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Really loverly place,plenty of space and a loverly setting.
We have a 7 metre Motorhome there's no problem with access.
We would stay again

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Andy and Julia

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Large and spacious camp ground just outside Woodville. The view of the river, cliffs and bridge were fantastic. It was perfectly quiet and peaceful throughout the night. Only problems were smelly drop toilets and no water, and just a little out of the way, but that’s just being picky.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic site, all the better because the road is no longer open over the bridge, so NO traffic. That does mean you can only approach from the east - from Woodville. Only downer was the dude with the big flash van who thinks it’s ok to run a generator. No the site’s fault though!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Georgia's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Awesome spot! Reasonably new toilets, huge open area to camp, right by the Manawatu river. You can see the wind farm from this spot which is pretty cool. Would definitely recommend this place!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Ranking: 7/10

Great setting. There are some, but can be hard to find a real flat spot. A little bumpy in places. Plenty of room.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2018

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Andy Bond

Ranking: 9/10

Big open camping area very quiet and so much room you can park in your own private area.
One of the best advertised free camping areas.
Access to the river.
Only downside was dog pooh in a couple of places.
9/10 only because of dog pooh.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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A Brad in a van

Ranking: 8/10

A lovely wee spot. Facilities include a block of three very clean and well maintained long drop toilets with loo roll and hand sanitizer, plus a free barbecue (bring utensils and a scrubber to clean up after yourself). Space for 30+ vehicles, although limited sheltered spots and only a few are really flat. It’s worth noting that there are no signs stating that vehicles must be self contained, and most of the ones camping here were not.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Harriet Smith

Ranking: 5/10

Beautiful location with grass and river, close and convenient position to the road. Long drop toilet doesn't look like it has been cleaned in a long time...

Reviewed over 5 years ago