Mangatutu Hot Springs

Image: Lauren Bucholz | DOC


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


  • Car


  • Rivers and lakes


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from stream
45 non-powered/tent sites


  • 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.


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





The river offers rainbow and brown trout.


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

Know before you go

Water can be gathered from the stream at the road end. There are signs showing the way here. There's no need to collect water from Mohaka River.


Ahuriri / Napier Office
Phone:   +64 6 834 3111
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   59 Marine Parade
Napier 4110
Postal Address:   PO Box 644
Napier 4140
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