Mangatutu Hot Springs
Image: Lauren Bucholz | DOC
Fires are not permitted at any time.
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
DOC/NZMCA campsite passes cannot be used at this campsite.
The river offers rainbow and brown trout.
Hunt sika and red deer in the park.
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.