Mangatutu Hot Springs
Image: Lauren Bucholz | DOC

Introduction

This is a popular camping, picnic and fishing spot, and a starting point for tramping, hunting or day walks up the Mohaka River and into the Kaweka Forest Park.

Campsite overview

Access

  • Car

Landscape

  • Rivers and lakes

Category

  • Category
Basic

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served

Facilities

  • Water from stream
45 non-powered/tent sites

Activities

  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

Other facilities

  • Picnic table and shelter
  • Toilets

Getting there

From Napier, follow Puketitiri Road for 40 km, then turn into Pakaututu Road. Follow this for 9 km then turn into Makahu Road and follow this for a further 10 km to the end.

The trip involves about 1 hr of travel on unsealed gravel roads, as well as a river ford on Makahu Road 7.5 km from the road end. Take care when driving through the ford as heavy rain and snow melt can affect the water level.

The road is narrow, and may be slippery when wet. Check with Hastings District Council for temporary road closures.

Makahu Road is not suitable for caravans or campervans.

Location

NZTM2000 coordinates: E1898608, N5657147
Latitude: -39.18229238, Longitude: 176.45897967

Fees

Free

Activities

Fishing

The river offers rainbow and brown trout.

Hunting

Hunt sika and red deer in the park.

Thermal springs

A short, steep track descends from the campsite to Mangatutu Hot Springs. Thermal water issues from a deep hole in an undercut bank near the top terrace. The water trickles down a riverside bluff, where it is channelled into two pools.

Walking and tramping

Te Puia Hut Track and Mangatainoka Hot Springs

Contacts

Ahuriri / Napier Office
Phone:   +64 6 834 3111
Email:   napier@doc.govt.nz
Address:   59 Marine Parade
Napier 4110
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