IntroductionEnjoy the beautiful nīkau forest at this campsite on the Kōhaihai River mouth. There are short, day or overnight walks from here, as well as kayaking and swimming opportunities in the river.
- Rivers and lakes
- Non-powered/tent sites
- Toilets - flush
- Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
- Wheelchair accessible with assistance
- Kayaking and canoeing
- Walking and tramping
Fires are not permitted at any time. See fire rules on conservation land.
Facilities and services
- Maximum two nights consecutive stay
- Picnic shelter
- Adult (18+ years): $10 per night
- Child (5–17 years): $5 per
- Infant (0 - 4 years): free
Pay online at the time of booking.
The DOC Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite.
Campsite Pass bookings must be booked online before occupying a site. If you do not pre-book, bookings may be made by campground staff (if present) and will incur a $10 service charge.
Bookings are open for stays up to 30 June 2023.
Bookings for 1 July 2023 – 30 June 2024 will open in 2023. The opening date will be announced on this page in late March 2023.
All bookings operate on a first-come first-served basis. We do not operate waiting lists for bookings for future seasons, or currently booked-out facilities.
A $10 service fee applies to phone and in-person booking. This is a limited service – book online first. An in-person booking is dependent on there being space available.
Your booking will be for a site, which will be allocated or selected on arrival.
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
It is dangerous to wade or swim at the mouth of the Kōhaihai River or anywhere along the Heaphy coastline, due to extreme tidal currents and rips.
If you wish to swim at Kōhaihai, the better location is in the lagoon upstream from the river mouth. We strongly recommend that you stay well back from the neck of the lagoon, where it narrows and exits into the sea. Be very careful when there are high tides or big waves.
- 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.
- The beach at the Kōhaihai campsite can be affected by large rogue waves at all times.
- The low lying grassed area next to the river is prone to flooding.