Otaki Forks Campsite
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One of the main entrances to Tararua Forest Park, Otaki Forks campsite is surrounded by open river terraces and regenerating bush.

Walk and tramp through an area rich in farming, mining and sawmilling history. The river offers swimming, white water kayaking and trout fishing.

Campsite overview


  • Car
  • Motorhome
  • Caravan


  • Forest
  • Rivers and lakes


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Toilet - flush
  • Water from stream
  • Wheelchair accessible
150 non-powered/tent sites


  • Fishing
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this campsite

Camping areas

School House Flat campsite

This is the main camping area with 150 sites.

The campsite is closed during winter from Easter to Labour Weekend.

Black Gate campsite

This is a smaller camping area with 20 sites, located 500 m before Schoolhouse Flat.

The campsite is open all year round.

Getting there

1 km south of Otaki, turn into Otaki Gorge Rd. Campsite is 19 km east of Otaki township. Narrow gravel access with one stream ford.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1787182, N5471884
Latitude: -40.88273913, Longitude: 175.22165329


  • Adult (18+ years): $8 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $4 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free

Pay cash on arrival at the self-registration stand at the campsite.

Know before you go

  • Fires not permitted at any time
  • Bring your own gas BBQ or cooker
  • Campground warden on site all year


Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
Address:   Nokia House
13 - 27 Manners Street
Email:   wellingtonvc@doc.govt.nz
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