Camp at the eastern edge of the forest, close to kauri trees. Look out for kiwi and short-tailed bats. This is an ideal base for day or overnight tramps.

Campsite overview


  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan


  • Forest


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • BBQ
  • Campfires permitted (except in fire bans)
  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Shower - cold
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
  • Wheelchair accessible with assistance
20 non-powered/tent sites


  • Hunting
  • Mountain biking
  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

Fires permitted in designated fire places and only if there is no regional fire ban. Check for fire bans before you light.

Dog access

No dogs
  • Stop kauri dieback and protect kauri
    • Kauri dieback disease is spread through soil.
    • Scrub soil off shoes and gear and check it's all removed before you go.
    • Use a hygiene station when you enter and leave.
    • Always stay on the track.

    How you can help save kauri

About this campsite


  • Long drop toilets usually with toilet paper but it's a good idea to bring your own.
  • Outdoor fireplaces available outside of summer.

Getting there

The camp is located in Puketi Forest, near the Puketi Forest Hut.

Turn off SH10 at Pungaere Rd, 600 m north of Waipapa and follow signs to the camp. 

Access: 7 km of gravel. Accessible to vehicles and you can park next to your campsite.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1672203, N6103217
Latitude: -35.25809716, Longitude: 173.75371779


  • Adult (18+ years): $8 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $4 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free

Fees are paid at the time of booking or pay cash on arrival at the self-registration stand at the campsite.


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

The DOC/NZMCA Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite except between 20 December and the end of Waitangi weekend.

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.


Book Puketi Recreation Area Campsite online, or contact the Pewhairangi / Bay of Islands Office.


Note: Mountain biking is not permitted on Mokau Ridge Road due to logging operations in the area.

The campsite is an ideal base from which to explore the attractions of these forests, which provide a range of walking and tramping opportunities for all fitness levels. 
Permits for hunting goats and pigs are available from the Bay of Islands DOC office.

Know before you go

  • Your tent site is the area on which you have pitched your tent.
  • Use plant-based detergent, shampoos, soaps and toothpaste when camping here or else the septic treatment system gets damaged.
  • Campers do not have access to the facilities of the hut, and do not have access to the areas directly in front of the hut or the cabins.
  • The water is not treated. Boil the water or treat it before drinking.
  • 021 and 027 cellphone coverage is available.


Pewhairangi / Bay of Islands Office
Phone:   +64 9 407 0300
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   34 Landing Road
Kerikeri 0230
Postal Address:   PO Box 128
Kerikeri 0245
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