My favourite campgrounds in New Zealand are those maintained by the Department of Conservation (DoC). Although generally very basic, they’re often located in the most wonderful places.
Waipoua Forest is one of these spots.
Waipoua Forest is the best preserved and largest of the remaining Kauri Forests in New Zealand. The bird life is prolific and includes the endangered Brown Kiwi & Kokako.
If you’re in a tent, you’ll get your pick of the best camping spots next to the beautiful Waipoua River. Campervans and cars are required to park a short distance away next to the amenities block.
There are enough swimming holes to accommodate good numbers of people and easily reached by people of all ages and abilities.
In addition to walks along the river, there are many tracks to explore, including the famous Yaka’s Track (check track status with DoC before embarking as it can become impassable after rain).
After dark, the area takes on a new life with nocturnal animals coming out to play. Glowworms light up the rivers rocky limestone banks, Ruru remind you they need “more-pork” and the mass of stars overhead will send your soul to heaven and back down to earth in time for sunrise and the dawn chorus.
Top Tip – choose the right gear for NZ Conditions: Because New Zealand is an isolated group of islands, our weather can be very changeable year round.
The equipment you choose to go camping and tramping with in NZ will need to be rugged enough to handle a wide range of weather conditions.
That’s why NZ Camp Site only offers quality equipment designed by New Zealanders, for New Zealand conditions.
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