Otaki Forks Campsite

Image: Benhi Dixon | Creative Commons

Introduction

One of the main entrances to Tararua Forest Park, the campsite is surrounded by open river terraces and regenerating bush.

Highlights

Campsite overview

Access

  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan

Landscape

  • Forest
  • Rivers and lakes

Category

  • Category
Standard

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served

Facilities

  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Toilets - flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
  • Wheelchair accessible
150 non-powered/tent sites

Activities

  • Fishing
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

Schoolhouse Flat Campground is only open weekends until 30 November. From 1 December it will be open until the end of Easter

When Schoolhouse Flat is shut use the Blackgate Campground as the alternative camp area. 

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this campsite

Camping areas

School House Flat campsite (closed in winter)

This is the main camping area with 150 sites.

Black Gate campsite (open all year)

This is a smaller camping area with 20 sites, located 500 m before Schoolhouse Flat.

Services

Campsite ranger on site October – May.

Getting there

1 km south of Ōtaki, turn into Otaki Gorge Rd. Campsite is 19 km east of Ōtaki township. Narrow gravel access with one stream ford.

Location

NZTM2000 coordinates: E1787182, N5471884
Latitude: -40.88273913, Longitude: 175.22165329

Fees

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

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

Fees can be paid by EFTPOS when the Campsite Caretaker is onsite.

Passes

The campsite pass for rental campervans can be used at this campsite.

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

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.

Contacts

Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   wellingtonvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   18 - 32 Manners Street
Wellington
6011
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
The Terrace
Wellington 6143
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