Arohena campsite

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This campsite on the western shores of Waikato River is perfect for swimming, picnicking, fishing and water sports.

Campsite overview


  • Boat
  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan


  • Rivers and lakes


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • BBQ
  • Boat launching
  • Campfires permitted (except in fire bans)
  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Shelter for cooking
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
  • Wheelchair accessible
50 non-powered/tent sites


  • Fishing
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Picnicking
  • Swimming

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

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact the relevant DOC office to obtain a permit.

About this campsite

Getting there

  1. East of Kihikihi via Arapuni Rd, turn into Rotongata Rd and into Waipapa Rd.
  2. Then into Pukewhau Rd at Arohena, follow and turn left into Mangare Rd and right into Landing Rd.
  3. Follow Landing Rd to the river. 

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


  • Adult (18+ years): $8 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $4 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free
Up to 1 November 2020

Pay cash on arrival at the self-registration stand at the campsite.

From 2 November 2020

Pay at the time of booking.


The DOC/NZMCA Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite.

To pay with your NZMCA pass, create/update your account on our booking system. Under 'Apply for a discount', select 'NZMCA Pass Holder' and upload a scan of your pass. Once we've verified your pass, it will be automatically applied when you make a booking.

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.


Bookings are open for stays from 2 November 2020 to 30 June 2021.

From 2 November 2020, bookings are required all year.

Book Arohena Campsite online.

A $10 service fee applies to all phone, email and in-person bookings.

Your booking will be for a site, which will be allocated or selected on arrival.


Swimming, picnicking, fishing and other water sports.

Know before you go

  • The campsite is beside the lake - beware of flooding. 
  • No bonfires anywhere within the campground and surrounds.


Te Kuiti Office
Phone:   +64 7 878 1050
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   78 Taupiri Street
Te Kuiti 3910
Postal Address:   PO Box 38
Te Kuiti 3941
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