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Updated 15 May 2020 11:34am

Escape the concrete jungle for the Kaitoke forest and come camping in the park. Pick a spot next to the Pakuratahi River, and enjoy the feeling of freedom, without having to leave the region. 

Camping is open 365 days a year and there’s no need to book, you can camp anywhere in the designated camping area, because there’s always room.


There are four buildings located in the campground with basic facilities including:

- Treated drinking water

- Sinks

- Covered seating

- Power sockets

- Electric bbqs at no extra charge – please clean them after use

You can also bring your own portable gas bbq for cooking. Coal bbqs are not allowed due to the fire risk.


There are six powered sites across from the Ranger’s office, but campervans and caravans are welcome to park anywhere in the designated camping area.

There is no dumping station at Kaitoke. 


Unpowered sites

Adults $8/night
Children (5-16 years)
Adult rates apply for unsupervised 14-16 year olds
Under fives free

Powered sites

Adults $16/night

Children (5-16 years)
Adult rates apply for unsupervised 14-16 year olds

Under fives free

Pay and register by filling in the envelope and receipt card provided at the information kiosk. Display the receipt card on your vehicle, tent or campervan. The Park Ranger checks all camping permits daily.

Place your fees in the secure drop box provided. Fees can also be paid by EFTPOS directly to the Park Rangers on their evening rounds. Credit cards are not accepted.

Camping stay limits

You can stay up to:

  • 40 days within a 12 month period,
  • 14 days in the period between December 20 and January 31


There’s nothing quite like an open fire under the stars. Campfires are permitted at Kaitoke, but only on the river bed and away from tent sites.

You need to get the Park Ranger’s permission before lighting a fire.

BYO firewood.


Dogs are welcome at the park, and welcome in the campground. You need to make sure your dog is under control at all times, which means they cannot wander through other campsites.

Keep your neighbours in mind and pick up your dog’s droppings.


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.


A Park Ranger lives on site and 24 hour ranger service is available to you. Don’t hesitate to contact them if you need to.

The park opens at 6am and the main park gate at Waterworks Road is closed each night at dusk. If you need to leave outside opening hours, there is a carpark available outside the gate.