Otaki Forks Campsite

Image: Benhi Dixon | Creative Commons


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


Walk and tramp through an area rich in farming, mining and sawmilling history. The river offers swimming, white water kayaking and trout fishing.

School House Flat is now closed until October 2019.

You can still camp at the Black Gate camping area.

Campsite overview


  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan


  • Forest
  • Rivers and lakes


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


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


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

Seasonal restrictions

School House Flat campsite is closed for winter until the Labour Day weekend in October.

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.


Campsite ranger on site October – May.

Getting there

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


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


  • 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.


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.


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