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
  • 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 are permitted in the firepits provided only if there is no regional fire ban in place. Check for fire bans on the Rural Fire Authority website.

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit for recreational hunting or management purposes only
  • Help stop kauri dieback
    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
    • Clean your footwear and gear before and after visiting kauri forest.

    How you can help save kauri

About this campsite


  • Approximately 20 campsites
  • Cold showers
  • Long drop toilets (there is usually toilet paper available, however it pays to take your own)
  • Cold water tap
  • Outdoor fireplaces (due to the increased fire risks, use of the outdoor fireplaces are not allowed during 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.
  • 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. You may wish to boil it before drinking.
  • 021 and 027 cellphone coverage is available.
  • Be on site before dark to avoid disruption to other campers and hut/cabin occupants.


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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