Kohaihai campsite

Image: DOC


Enjoy the beautiful nīkau forest at this campsite on the Kohaihai River mouth. There are short, day or overnight walks from here, as well as whitewater kayaking, windsurfing and swimming opportunities in the river or at nearby Scotts Beach.

Campsite overview


  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan


  • Coastal
  • Rivers and lakes


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • BBQ
  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Toilets - flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
  • Wheelchair accessible with assistance
50 non-powered/tent sites


  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this campsite

Facilities and services

  • Maximum two nights consecutive stay
  • Picnic shelter

Getting there

North of Karamea at the end of Council Rd, and the start of the Heaphy Track. Last 3 km is on gravel road.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1524647, N5448696
Latitude: -41.10952921, Longitude: 172.10254117


  • 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.


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

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.


From November 2020, bookings will be required for this site. Bookings will open on 2 November 2020 at 9:30 am, for trips from 2 November 2020.

You'll need an account on our booking system for campsites, huts and lodges to make a booking.


Walking and tramping

Kōhaihai area short walks

Know before you go

  • Dogs are permitted in the campsite but not in Kahurangi National Park or on the Heaphy Track.
  • Sandflies may be present especially in summer so take insect repellent with you.
  • It is dangerous to wade or swim at the mouth of the Kohaihai River due to extreme tidal currents and rips.
  • The beach at the Kohaihai campsite can be affected by large rogue waves at all times.
  • The low lying grassed area next to the river is prone to flooding.


Whakatū / Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Postal Address:   Private Bag 5
Nelson 7042
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