A standard campsite above the Pohangina River near the Ruahine Forest Park

Campsite overview


  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan


  • Rivers and lakes


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Shower - hot
  • Toilets - flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
3 non-powered/tent sites

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this campsite

Layout of sites

  • A large grassy clearing at the back of the grounds, overlooking the Pohangina River and across to the Ruahine Forest Park, provides an ideal spot for pitching your tent. The eastern boundary is a high cliff; caution is required.
  • A smaller clearing sheltered by trees south of the Pohangina Base buildings may also be used for camping.

Each campsite caters for up to six people.

Facilities and services

Campsite users will have access to an outdoor tap, a flush toilet and two hot showers in the outer building.

Campsite users are not permitted to use the indoor facilities in the main building (i.e. kitchen, communal living area, and indoor bathroom).

Other on-site accommodation

Pohangina Base sole-occupancy rooms

Getting there

Pohangina Base is located on Pohangina Valley East Road, approximately 45 minutes drive from Palmerston North. From Ashhurst, drive north along Pohangina Road, then turn right onto Pohangina Valley East Road. As you pass the Highland Youth Camp on your right, Pohangina Valley East Road veers off to the right. Stay on this road. Pohangina Base is located on the right approximately 1 km past Takapari Road.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1852270, N5562835
Latitude: -40.04734031, Longitude: 175.95671025


  • Adult (18+ years): $12 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $4 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free


The campsite pass for rental campervans cannot be used at this campsite.

The DOC/NZMCA Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite.

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.


You can book online or contact Te Papaioea / Palmerston North Office.

Know before you go

  • The facilities are locked, using combination padlocks that can be tricky to operate. You must contact DOC to obtain current codes for locks before your stay, so you will need to allow time for this when planning and booking your visit. If you will be arriving after dark, take a flashlight so you can see the locks.
  • There is no mobile reception on site.


Te Papaioea / Palmerston North Office
Phone:   +64 6 350 9700
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   28 North Street
Palmerston North 4410
Postal Address:   Private Bag 11010
Manawatu Mail Centre
Palmerston North 4442
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