Vehicle access is restricted from July to Labour Weekend – foot access only is available to the reserve and campsite during this time.
Fires are not permitted at any time.
Stay over night and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of camping underneath a beautiful forest.
The campsite is located on SH1 at the northern foot of Raetea Forest (Mangamuka Gorge).
It is 18 km south-east of Kaitaia along SH1 at Mangataiore. Look for ‘Raetea Reserve’ sign and follow and cross the stream ford to the campsite.
NZTM2000 coordinates: E1639462, N6108053
Latitude: -35.16848283, Longitude: 173.43488949
The DOC/NZMCA Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite.
This is an ideal spot for a rest during long distance travel. Have a picnic or take a refreshing swim.
This campsite is set in one of the last remaining lowland coastal forests. Look and listen for kūkupa (NZ pigeon), short tailed bats and parakeets. Kauri snails are present here too.
Have a picnic on the river bank followed by a refreshing dip in the crystal clear water. At times of heavy rain beware of the increase in strength of river currents.
The 9-10 hr Mangamuka Tramping Track is suited to the experienced recreational tramper and takes you through scenic Raetea Forest.