People swimming at Waiohine Gorge

Image: Nina Mercer | ©

Introduction

This secluded campsite is at the head of two spectacular gorges above the Waiohine River. A popular area for rafting, canoeing, swimming, and outdoor education.

Campsite overview

Access

  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan

Landscape

  • Rivers and lakes

Category

  • Category
Standard

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served

Facilities

  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Toilets - flush
  • Water from stream
50 non-powered/tent sites

Activities

  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this campsite

  • Waiohine gorge is easy to get to with caravan.
  • It is self-contained with two toilets. 
  • Only an hour up river to unnamed creek which has another swing bridge and a great view of the river. 
  • Very clear clean water with deep pools and rocks to jump off.  For a change wade up stream to find a secret beach then float back down to bridge.
  • Project kaka predator control work means your woken up with tui song.

Getting there

From Carterton drive through Matarawa. Follow Moffats Rd, Joseph Rd then Waiohine Gorge Rd to end. 18 km NW of Greytown.  

Waiohine Gorge Road is gravel, narrow and windy in places with two forded stream crossings – drive carefully.

Location

18 km northwest from Greytown in the Tararua Forest Park.

NZTM2000 coordinates: E1800980, N5458936
Latitude: -40.9960276, Longitude: 175.39027388

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.

Passes

The campsite pass for rental campervans cannot 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.

Activities

Adventure activities

Visitors must contact DOC before using the abseiling site.

Walking and tramping

A 92 m suspension bridge takes you to tracks up the valley.

Know before you go

Campfires

Permission to have a campfire at this site is determined by the Wairarapa Rural Fire District (WRFD) fire season status. See the WRFD website for the current status.

  • Campfires are allowed during open season.
  • A permit is required during a restricted season.
  • Campfires are banned during a prohibited season.
  • Extreme care must be taken with campfires.

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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