Otaki Forks campsite

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Otaki Forks Schoolhouse Flat camping area. Photo: Wayne Boness.
Otaki Forks Schoolhouse Flat

  • Adult (18+ years): $6 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $3 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free

Campsite details

Otaki Forks camping area. Photo: Claudia Hill.
Otaki Forks camping area

School House Flat camp site

  • 150 camp sites
  • Open October long weekend till Easter

Open river terraces and regenerating bush surround the campsite reflecting the farming, mining and sawmilling history of the area. There are short walks to pioneering era relics. Some harder tramping tracks start here. The river offers swimming, white water kayaking and trout fishing.

Schools or large groups can make arrangements to use Schoolhouse flat out of season by calling the Wellington Visitors Centre on +64 4 384 7770 

Black Gate camp site

  • 20 sites
  • Open all year

Located 500 meters before Schoolhouse flat.


Otaki Gorge Rd, 14 km east of Otaki.

Getting there

1 km south of Otaki, turn into Otaki Gorge Rd. Campsite is 19 km east of Otaki township.

Grid reference: NZTM2000, E1787182-N5471884
Latitude: -40.88273913, Longitude: 175.22165329


  • Narrow gravel access with one stream ford.
  • Year round fire ban.
  • Dogs permitted. Must be on a leash at all times.
  • Bring gas BBQ or cooker.
  • Campground warden on site all year.

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Pōneke / Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 4 384 7770
Address:   18 Manners Street
Email:   wellingtonvc@doc.govt.nz
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