Introduction

A basic campsite set in a spectacular forest just 5 minutes off State Highway 1.

Campsite overview

Access

  • Car
  • Motorhome
  • Caravan

Landscape

  • Forest

Category

  • Category
Basic

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served

Facilities

20 non-powered/tent sites

Activities

  • Bird and wildlife watching

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this campsite

This is a large clearing surrounded by trees at the end of a long driveway - a great place to pitch a tent for the night or park your campervan. The clearing is large enough to have a good game of cricket.

Simpsons Domain was the site of an old logging mill. The campsite is located at the place of the mill workers settlement. Another clearing visible from the road is the location of the old mill.  All that remains now is a concrete slab. 

Facilities

Very basic, water is not provided. There is one pit toilet.

Simpsons gate
Simpsons Domain

Getting there

From SH1, just North of Hunterville turn to the west onto Murimoto Road. Look out for the large brown road sign pointing the way. Continue down Murimoto road until you come to the large white concrete gate to Simpsons Domain and follow the driveway to the carpark at the end.

Location

-39.90055560 lat 175.59753806 long

Fees

Picnic area at Simpsons Domain
Plenty of room for picnics

Free

Bookings

No booking required.

For large groups, contact the Palmerston North office to obtain the key for access onto the grass.

Activities

Bird and wildlife watching

The Domain includes some 800 year old podocarp trees.  When they fruit they attract birds from all around the surrounding district.

Know before you go

Water is not provided at this site, you must bring water with you.

Contacts

Te Papaioea / Palmerston North Office
Phone:   +64 6 350 9700
Address:   28 North Street
Palmerston North 4410
Email:   manawatu@doc.govt.nz
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