Kohaihai campsite

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Introduction

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

Access

  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan

Landscape

  • Coastal
  • Rivers and lakes

Category

  • Category
Standard

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served

Facilities

  • BBQ
  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Phone
  • Toilets - flush
  • Water from tap
  • Wheelchair accessible with assistance
50 non-powered/tent sites

Activities

  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this campsite

Facilities and services

  • Maximum two nights consecutive stay
  • Picnic shelter
  • Phone on site

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.

Location

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

Fees

  • 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.

Passes

The campsite pass for rental campervans can 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.

Activities

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 may be affected by large wave surges during high tides and rough seas.

Contacts

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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