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Updated 18 January 2018 12:04pm

Enjoy relaxed camping in natural bush surroundings at Kaitoke Regional Park. The large campground is spread over flat grassy areas, next to the Pakuratahi River. The campground is open 365 days a year, and is accessible from the Waterworks Road entrance to the park.

Just so festival

This major event will attract around a thousand people to Kaitoke park during the weekend 23 - 25 Feb 2018. As a result we’ve put in place  measures to help things run smoothly in the park for all and keep everyone safe.

Access to the park area beyond the festival site will still be available to the general public during this weekend. This includes Rivendell, the Swingbridge and Loop Track, Terrace walk, Weir Walk, Ridge Track and Norbett Creek route. Access will also be available to the Hutt Water Collection Area.

There are some campground closures and restircted access during this weekend only. See our park news for more information.

Booking and fees

You can camp anywhere within the designated camping area. There is no booking of sites, no matter the size of your group, as there is always room.

You can stay for up to forty days within a twelve month period , and fourteen days in the period 20 December to 31 January.

Please pay and register by filling in the envelope & receipt card provided at the information kiosk. Clearly display the receipt card on your vehicle or on your tent. Place your fees in the secure drop box provided. The Park Ranger checks all camping permits daily. Camping fees can also be paid by EFTPOS, directly to the Park Ranger on their evening rounds. Credit cards are not accepted.

Camping fees are $6 per adult per night ; $3 per child per night - 5 to 16 year olds (adult rates apply for unsupervised 14-16 year olds; under 5 year olds are free). There are four powered sites at Kaitoke fees for these are $12 per adult per night, $6 per child per night -5-16 year olds.

Campground Facilities

There are two facility buildings on the loop road at the centre of the campground. Each provides basic kitchen facilities including treated drinking water, sinks, covered seating and power sockets for charging cell phones, using toasters and kettles. There are six electric barbeques provided at no charge. Please clean them after use. You are also most welcome to bring your own portable gas barbecue for cooking at your campsite.

Toilet facilities are available at each facility building and at Farm Creek.


Open fires are permitted on the river bed only and not near tent sites. You must have the Park Rangers’ permission before lighting a fire. Please bring your own firewood.


Please respect the rights of other park users and keep noise levels down at all times. Stereos must be turned off by 10pm. No noise is permitted after 11pm. The use of generators is not permitted.


Alcohol may be consumed in a responsible manner by those over the age of 18. Underage drinking is not permitted in the park. Drunken and disorderly behaviour is not permitted and will result in eviction and trespass from the park. Fines of up to $20,000 apply. A total liquor ban is enforced on New Year’s Eve.

Rubbish and recycling

There are no rubbish or recycling bins provided at the park. You can please take your rubbish and recycling home with you; if this is not possible you can give it the Park Ranger on their nightly rounds. Please separate recyclables such as bottles, plastics, cans and paper. Please ensure that your campsite is left clean and tidy on departure.


You are welcome to bring your dog camping. It must be kept under control at all times; preferably on a lead. Dogs must not be allowed to wander through other peoples’ campsites. Wandering dogs will be handed over to the Upper Hutt City Council Dog Control Officer. Consider other people and pick up your dog's droppings.


A 24 hour ranger service is provided. A Park Ranger lives on site. Do not hesitate to call the Park Ranger if you require assistance.

The park opens at 6am and the main park gate at Waterworks Road is closed nightly at dusk. There is parking available outside the main gate if you know you will need to leave outside gate opening hours.


Please share the road and keep your speed down when driving in the campground area. Pedestrians and cyclists also use the roads, and children may wander onto the roads.

No off road motorised recreation is permitted in Kaitoke Regional Park this includes use of quad bikes, go-karts, trail bikes and mini bikes. .


Campervans and caravans are welcome. You are free to park anywhere in the designated camping area. There are four powered sites across from Ranger's office, Fees for these are $12 per Adult per night $6 per Child (16yrs and under) per night and free for children under 5. There is no dump station at Kaitoke Regional Park. The nearest public dump station is on SH2 in Upper Hutt, 12km south of Kaitoke Regional Park and in the rest area by the river (500m north of Moonshine Bridge)