Simpsons Domain Campsite

Simpsons Domain Campsite

Hunterville area


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6 Mangaweka

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  • Simpsons Domain closed

    Simpsons Domain is closed due to a large sinkhole on the track and road. The area is unstable and the Reserve must not be accessed until investigations are completed.

    First published on 15 July 2022. Last reviewed on 26 July 2022.


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DOC Manawatu/Whanganui

Central government organisation


North IslandManawatu - WanganuiMangaweka


  • Basic Camping
  • Free


Showing 13 reviews of 15.

Bex's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great little spot off the main road... only problem being the bridge was closed due to stability so have to park in the front section which is quite small but we were the only ones there so was no problem.. lots of farm life around

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Mic&Ric's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

A sweet place for an overnight stop. The long drop was clean enough. Parking lot type of set up. No running water. River close by. Lots of wildlife.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Ngaire Sandel

Ranking: 4/10

Old wooden Bridge leads to park weight limit of 3300kg on sign.. No good for us so parked on small clearing just in from concrete gates. Suggest site updates info as many medium to large campers won't be able to access despite saying suitable for large vehicles. Then train next to road passes by loudly... Haha.. Just like home.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Jenny's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Kleiner versteckter Platz mitten im Busch. Super, wenn man von Wellington zum Lake Toupo fährt. Man fährt eine dunkle Straße entlang bis es links über eine kleine Brücke zum Platz geht. Weißer Eingang. Sieht bisschen aus wie im Horrorfilm, aber es gibt wirklich einen Campingplatz dort.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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seph's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great little spot surrounded by bush. The only thing missing is water.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

BER&GENE's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Emplacement accessible à 4 ou 5 camping car.
A l'écart de toute circulation.
Parfait pour une escale vers le Sud.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Brittany + Tamara

Ranking: 9/10

Perfect little secluded spot. Arrived early so were originally the only ones there, filled up throughout the night. Small area so not too much room, with just one drop toliet. Otherwise perfect enclosed beautiful spot, lots of wild animals heard, although none seen. The bridge was fine, with a weight limit of 3300kgs from memory, we had a 2 birth self contained motorhome. Didnt know how much we weighed so just hoped for the best and crossed the bridge fine.
From your game fellow aussie travellers x

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

Timothy's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Wide open space. Quiet. Although limited to smaller vehicles I think. It says the bridge that you cross to get there can only hold 60% of Class 1. That’s about 2700kg according to what we looked up. So make sure you know the weight of your vehicle before crossing!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Vander Plancke Julien


Ranking: 6/10

Only a place to stop close to the road. A van was blocking access to the grass making it a very narrow place as it was crowded. No toilet.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Emily Mueller

Ranking: 7/10

A nice and mostly quiet camping ground surrounded by bush.
To find the way was a bit difficult because we were not sure if we really were allowed to cross that bridge. But after reading the other reviews we have been quite sure that the camping ground would be behind that bridge - and so it was.
Without the App we would never have seen that beautiful spot.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

akvarius's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely quiet free campsite. Very basic but that is no problem (as long as you read the description). Surrounded by beautiful bush. No water source so you have to bring your own. Easily accessible from SH1

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Jo Dawson

Ranking: 8/10

Well signposted and easy to find. Surrounded by bush. Long drop toilet, which was actually not too bad. Secluded spot, we were the only ones there. Flat hills cafe 15 minutes drive away - best cheese scone and sausage roll we have ever had.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Michiel de Weerd

Ranking: 9/10

An amazing spot! Well maintained and completely surrounded by bush. The best place for your first stop if you came across by ferry. It is near the road but amazingly quiet, except for the abundance of soothing bird sounds. There are some small bush tracks, but take care if you walk towards the marsh, it is wet and has soft topsoil.
If you don't like the longdrop please use your own toilet in your campervan, you know there are plenty of dumping stations across New Zealand! Being environmental conscious grows character!!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

DOC Managed

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Cymen Crick

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