Located in Lake Arapuni Conservation Area in the Waikato region
IntroductionThis campsite on the western shores of Waikato River is perfect for swimming, picnicking, fishing and water sports.
- Rivers and lakes
- Boat launching
- Fire pit/place for campfires (except in fire bans)
- Non-powered/tent sites
- Shelter for cooking
- Toilets - non-flush
- Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
- Wheelchair accessible
- Kayaking and canoeing
Fires permitted in designated fire places and only if there is no fire ban. Check rules and fire bans before you light.
- Adult (18+ years): $10 per night
- Child (5–17 years): $5 per
- Infant (0 - 4 years): free
Pay 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 early April 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.
Bookings are required all year.
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.
From Putāruru to Arohena Campground via Arapuni St and Mangare Rd:
- Leave Putāruru via Arapuni Rd.
- After around 18.4 km turn left onto Rotongata Rd.
- After around 1.8 km turn left onto Mangare Rd.
- Continue down Mangare Rd for around 10.7 km.
- Turn left onto Landing Rd and continue for around 2.6 km to Arohena Campsite.
The last 1 km is a sharp descent down a metal road to the campsite. Smaller vehicles towing caravans or boats may struggle with traction when attempting to leave the campsite. Large motor homes/caravans/towed boats may struggle to get around tight corners on the road.
On the Waikato River there is no formal boat ramp but a pumice beach to land and launch.
NZTM2000 coordinates: E1832829, N5772402
Latitude: -38.16623863, Longitude: 175.65767535
The campsite is beside the lake - beware of flooding.
No bonfires anywhere within the campground and surrounds.
Water sports and activities: If you plan to enjoy the water, be aware of what water you can enter and how to stay safe.
Swimming, picnicking, fishing and other water sports.
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