Piripiri Campsite

Campsite is closed due to damage...

Piripiri Campsite



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Piripiri Campsite


- FREE for all campers
- Toilet
- No fires
- Max. 3 nights per calendar month
- Great fishing from the campsite
- Good swimming holes

Driving Directions:

Turn off State Highway 3 at Ashhurst, and drive north through Ashhurst onto Pohangina Road. At Raumai, turn right onto Pohangina Valley East Road, driving past Totara Reserve and Takapari Road until reaching Piripiri Bridge. The campsite is on the left just before the bridge. It has a short steep access track that may be slippery when wet.


Please take care if attempting to get a vehicle onto the site. Large motorhomes may have difficulty managing the steep gravel access into the reserve. During winter the grounds can be muddy and it's possible you'll get stuck.


- Just south, is Kahikatea Walk, a 30 min loop track
- Further south, is Pettifar & Gilchrist Loop Tracks, about 1-2 hours each


  • Piripiri Campsite closed

    Piripiri campsite is closed due to damage to the grounds by vehicles.

    First published on 6 July 2022. Last reviewed on 14 July 2022.


Feature Value Info


DOC Manawatu/Whanganui

Central government organisation


North IslandManawatu - WanganuiPalmerston North


  • Basic Camping
  • Free

Operating Season And Hours

Campsite is closed due to damage to the grounds by vehicles.


  • Reviewed about 1 month ago


    I can see how this campsite would be good in the summer.

    But I recently visited just last week. Winter... It's step hill entrance was one thing that I expected, it was ok. But I was careful. But then I got to the bottom and got stuck in the mud near the entrance.

    I think this campsite should be closed in winter, Or Only open to 4x4 if that.. over winter.

    I got stuck, had no reception, I couldn't believe the situation I was in.... luckily I waved down a vehicle for help and a lovely local named Rebecca and her father helped me and towed me out of the campsite. They agree this campsite should be closed in winter. As this is not the first time locals have had to help tow people out of the mud. / (Grass landing in summer)

    Matt's avatar


  • Reviewed almost 2 years ago


    Nice small grassy area for your campervan.

    River close by. One long drop toilet along the road. No cellphone reception.

    Alice's avatar


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