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6 camping grounds and holiday parks in Whanganui

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There are several excellent camping grounds in Whanganui. Holiday parks are a great way to relax and unwind without breaking the bank. Kids have plenty of grassy areas, beaches and playgrounds to expand their energy and there is even the option of standard motel style units with your own ensuite.

Pitch a tent in Department of Conservation scheduled campsites, remember to check DOC regulations and book online if the option is available to avoid disappointment.

Whanganui Seaside Holiday Park

Explore Castlecliff beach alongside Whanganui Seaside Holiday Park. Grab the opportunity to unwind and unpack in the standard motel units, cabins or a romantic driftwood cottage for couples. There are powered and non-powered sites nestled among 3 acres of landscaped grounds.  Facilities include a large BBQ complex, large outdoor fireplace, swimming pool and sauna.

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Whanganui River TOP 10 Holiday Park

TOP 10 premium holiday park with motels, reasonably priced ensuite accommodation or powered and non-powered sites. Wheelchair accessible units for mobility challenged guests.

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Kai Iwi Beach Holiday Park

A classic campground with the iron sand Kai Iwi beach forming a boundary between the campground and the beach. Children’s playground, jumping pillow. Powered and non-powered sites, cabins, ensuite motel style units and get in quick to secure a powered site with expansive sea views.

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Lakelands Holiday Park

Lakelands holiday park is found at the back of Lake Wiritoa off State Highway 3. A standard traditional camping ground with Lake Wiritoa as part of the landscape. There are powered and non-powered sites, chalet units. There are no ensuite facilities.

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The Flying Fox

What a way to arrive. Whanganui River Road is a hidden treat for visitors. The Flying Fox, has a private aerial cable car and had the choice of staying in either the Gypsy Cart, the Blackberry Patch or the River Boat Cottage, complete with home cooked meals and a large dollop of Whanganui River magic.

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Whanganui River Adventures & Pipiriki Campinground

What to immerse yourself in the remote splendour of Whanganui National Park, the river and chat to the locals then this is the place to be. A classic campground with powered and non-powered sites.

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DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION CAMPING GROUNDS

DOC conservation campsites – Manawatu/Whanganui

The information below is from the Department of Conservation online resource. For up to date information, changes or availability check the online resource for the relevant information.

Tīeke Marae/Kāinga

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DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION – Tīeke Marae/Kāinga offers a unique cultural experience since it’s a functioning marae as well as a hut. Tieke Marae/Kainga is nestled within the Whanganui National Park guide, activities, things to see: Best Bits

Great Walk Whanganui River Journey

Bookings required

Facilities

  • Cooking
  • Heating
  • Mattresses
  • Toilets – non-flush
  • Water from tap – not treated, boil before use

20 bunk beds

Seasonal restrictions: In the Great Walks season (1 October 2022 – 30 April 2023)

  • Bookings are required

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2022 – 30 September 2022). Bookings are not required – first come, first served. Facilities are reduced.

Tīeke Marae, Kāinga Campsite, Whanganui, New Zealand @Doc
Tīeke Marae, Kāinga Campsite @Doc

Ngaporo Campsite

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DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION – Ngaporo Campsite located in Whanganui National Park guide, activities, things to see: Best Bits.

  • Boat only access

Great Walk Whanganui River Journey

Bookings required

Ngaporo Campsite, Whanganui, New Zealand @nzbigyear
Ngaporo Campsite @nzbigyear

Facilities

  • Shelter for cooking
  • Toilets – non-flush
  • Water from tap – not treated, boil before use

32 non-powered/tent sites

Seasonal restrictions: In the Great Walks season (1 October 2022 – 30 April 2023)

  • Bookings are required

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2022 – 30 September 2022). Bookings are not required, first come, first served. Facilities are reduced.

Mangapapa Campsite

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DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION – Mangapapa Campsite located in Whanganui National Park guide, activities, things to see: Best Bits.

  • Boat only access

Great Walk Whanganui River Journey

Bookings required

Facilities

  • Shelter for cooking
  • Toilets – non-flush
  • Water from tap – not treated, boil before use

17 non-powered/tent sites

Seasonal restrictions: In the Great Walks season (1 October 2022 – 30 April 2023)

  • Bookings are required

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2022 – 30 September 2022). Bookings are not required, first come, first served. Facilities are reduced.

Mangapapa Campsite, Whanganui, New Zealand @stillwalkingnz
Mangapapa Campsite @stillwalkingnz

John Coull Campsite

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DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION – John Coull Campsite located in Whanganui National Park guide, activities, things to see: Best Bits.

  • Boat only access

Great Walk Whanganui River Journey

Bookings required

John Coull Campsite, Whanganui, New Zealand @Doc
John Coull Campsite @Doc

Facilities

  • Shelter for cooking
  • Toilets – non-flush
  • Water from tap – not treated, boil before use

26 non-powered/tent sites

Seasonal restrictions: In the Great Walks season (1 October 2022 – 30 April 2023)

  • Bookings are required

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2022 – 30 September 2022). Bookings are not required, first come, first served. Facilities are reduced.

Ohinepane Camping Area

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DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION – Ohinepane Camping Area located in Whanganui National Park guide, activities, things to see: Best Bits.

Access

  • Boat
  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan

Great Walk Whanganui River Journey

Bookings required

Facilities

  • Boat launching
  • Shelter for cooking
  • Toilets – non-flush
  • Water from tap – not treated, boil before use
  • Wheelchair accessible with assistance

36 non-powered/tent sites

Activities

  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Kayaking and canoeing

Seasonal restrictions: In the Great Walks season (1 October 2022 – 30 April 2023)

  • Bookings are required if staying as part of the Whanganui Journey

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2022 – 30 September 2022). Bookings are not required, first come, first served. Facilities are reduced.

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Ohinepane Campsite, New Zealand @Rankers NZ
Ohinepane Campsite @Rankers NZ

Maharanui Campsite

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DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION – Maharanui Campsite located in Whanganui National Park guide, activities, things to see: Best Bits.

  • Boat only access

Great Walk Whanganui River Journey

Bookings required

Maharanui Campsite, Whanganui, New Zealand @Doc
Maharanui Campsite @Doc

Facilities

  • Shelter for cooking
  • Toilets – non-flush
  • Water from tap – not treated, boil before use

12 non-powered/tent sites

Seasonal restrictions: In the Great Walks season (1 October 2022 – 30 April 2023)

  • Bookings are required

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2022 – 30 September 2022). Bookings are not required, first come, first served. Facilities are reduced.

Mangawaiiti Campsite

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DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION – Mangawaiiti Campsite located in Whanganui National Park guide, activities, things to see: Best Bits.

  • Boat only access

Great Walk Whanganui River Journey

Bookings required

Facilities

  • Shelter for cooking
  • Toilets – non-flush
  • Water from tap – not treated, boil before use

26 non-powered/tent sites

Seasonal restrictions: In the Great Walks season (1 October 2022 – 30 April 2023)

  • Bookings are required

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2022 – 30 September 2022). Bookings are not required, first come, first served. Facilities are reduced.

Mangawaiiti Campsite, Whanganui, New Zealand @teararoa
Mangawaiiti Campsite @teararoa

Whakahoro Camping Ground

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DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION – Whakahoro Camping Ground located in Whanganui National Park guide, activities, things to see: Best Bits.

Access

  • Boat
  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan

Great Walk Whanganui River Journey

Bookings required

Whakahoro Camping Ground, Whanganui, New Zealand @Doc
Whakahoro Camping Ground @Doc

Facilities

  • Shelter for cooking
  • Toilets – non-flush
  • Water from tap – not treated, boil before use

36 non-powered/tent sites

Seasonal restrictions: In the Great Walks season (1 October 2022 – 30 April 2023)

  • Bookings are required

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2022 – 30 September 2022). Bookings are not required, first come, first served. Facilities are reduced.

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Piripiri Campsite

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DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION – Piripiri Campsite located in Whanganui National Park guide, activities, things to see: Best Bits.

Access

  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan

Great Walk Whanganui River Journey

Bookings not required – first come, first served

Facilities

  • Toilets – non-flush
  • Water from stream

4 non-powered/tent sites

Activities

  • Fishing
  • Four wheel driving
  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions: Fires are not permitted at any time.

Piripiri Campsite, Whanganui, New Zealand @RankersNZ
Piripiri Campsite @RankersNZ

Mangapurua Campsite

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DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION – Mangapurua Campsite located in Whanganui National Park guide, activities, things to see: Best Bits.

  • Boat only access

Great Walk Whanganui River Journey

Bookings required

Mangapurua Campsite, Whanganui, New Zealand @adventures_of_cheleigh
Mangapurua Campsite @adventures_of_cheleigh

Facilities

  • Shelter for cooking
  • Toilets – non-flush
  • Water from tap – not treated, boil before use

10 non-powered/tent sites

Seasonal restrictions: In the Great Walks season (1 October 2022 – 30 April 2023)

  • Bookings are required

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2022 – 30 September 2022). Bookings are not required, first come, first served. Facilities are reduced.

Poukaria Campsite

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DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION – Poukaria Campsite located in Whanganui National Park guide, activities, things to see: Best Bits.

  • Boat only access

Great Walk Whanganui River Journey

Bookings required

Facilities

  • Shelter for cooking
  • Toilets – non-flush
  • Water from tap – not treated, boil before use

12 non-powered/tent sites

Seasonal restrictions: In the Great Walks season (1 October 2022 – 30 April 2023)

  • Bookings are required

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2022 – 30 September 2022). Bookings are not required, first come, first served. Facilities are reduced.

Poukaria Campsite, Whanganui, New Zealand @stillwalkingnz
Poukaria Campsite @stillwalkingnz
Access
Boat
Car
Campervan
Caravan
Facilities
Camping
Heating
Water from stream
Boat launching
Shelter for cooking
Jetty
Toilets
Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
Mattresses
Dogs on a leash only
No dogs
Wheelchair accessible with assistance
Activities
Fishing
Hunting
Bird and wildlife watching
Kayaking and canoeing
Four wheel driving
Skiing
Swimming
Walking and tramping

Travel pack information

Freedom Camping

Getting out and about in our district’s beautiful river and coastal areas is popular with visitors and Whanganui locals alike.

We are privileged to have several fantastic commercial campgrounds and family friendly holiday parks, all in great proximity to our scenic coastal areas and the Whanganui River.

We also welcome freedom campers and we’ve recently put some regulations in place around where people can freedom camp to help protect our public places and ensure access for everyone.

Freedom Camping, Whanganui, New Zealand @Whanganui District Council
Freedom Camping @Whanganui District Council

Freedom camping regulations in Whanganui

The Freedom Camping Act 2011 allows us to use a bylaw to regulate freedom camping across some of the district, and we have elected to control it in the most used and most prominent areas across the district.

The Freedom Camping Bylaw includes restrictions such as limiting how long people can freedom camp in certain areas, what vehicles they can use, and how many vehicles can be freedom camping at any one time. Most sites are limited to a stay of 4 nights per calendar month, and campers are required to stay in a vehicle that’s certified as self-contained if the site doesn’t have 24-hour access to a public toilet.

Several areas have also been prohibited entirely, and many areas have “buffer zones” – areas around them in which freedom camping is prohibited, to encourage campers to respect the restricted and prohibited areas.

All of the rules are contained in the Freedom Camping Bylaw and the map below shows the restricted (yellow) and prohibited (red) freedom camping areas.

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The majority of freedom campers to Whanganui are domestic travellers stopping by to enjoy our district on their way going up or down the North Island, and the Whanganui District Council wants to encourage responsible freedom campers to come and go and to make the most out of their visits to our city and its surrounds.

People who are freedom camping can also be difficult to distinguish from people who are experiencing homelessness. If you are concerned about somebody in the community experiencing homelessness, get in contact with us so we can connect them with services that can help.

Freedom Camping Whanganui, Whanganui, New Zealand @Stuff
Freedom Camping Whanganui @Stuff

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