Mangatutu Hot Springs Campsite


4.6 from 6 users.


This is a popular camping, picnic and fishing spot, and a starting point for tramping, hunting or day walks up the Mohaka River and into the Kaweka Forest Park. No fees apply. Bookings not required - first come, first served. There are 45 non-powered sites. Facilities include toilets, water from a stream, picnic table and shelter. A short, steep track descends from the campsite to Mangatutu Hot Springs. Thermal water issues from a deep hole in an undercut bank near the top terrace. The water trickles down a riverside bluff, where it is channelled into two pools. From Napier, follow Puketitiri Road for 40 km, then turn into Pakaututu Road. Follow this for 9 km then turn into Makahu Road and follow this for a further 10 km to the end. The trip involves about 1 hr of travel on unsealed gravel roads, as well as a river ford on Makahu Road 7.5 km from the road end. Take care when driving through the ford as heavy rain and snow melt can affect the water level. The road is narrow, and may be slippery when wet. Check with Hastings District Council (external site) for temporary road closures. Makahu Road is not suitable for caravans or campervans. Fires are not permitted at any time. No dogs.

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Lat: -39.184256 Lng: 176.457468

User Reviews



Beautiful as ever. Road out seems in good condition considering all the flooding, etc that this area has had on the last year. Drinkable water (you can boil it if you're unsure) about 2 mins walk down the track to Te Puia Lodge (starts at the road end) from a little stream/waterfall on the left before a sharp right turn in the track. Only one other group here when I went midweek. One of the hidden gems of the north island imo. I had phone signal (2 bars) about 15 minutes from the campsite with the Vodafone/one network.



about 2h to get there and a spot where subject to water. Campsite plenty of places with picnic tables and one toilet no tap water. hot spring water near by. river not easy access to get there and swim and water is freezing. The host Tom is really nice.


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Amazing spot. We had the hot springs to ourselves in the 15+ dips that we took. A sketchy little path goes down to the river from the hot springs which is nice if you like the cold plunge. Really a magical place. The ford had red painting poles which means "do not cross" but the water was 4 cm deep or so. Not a risk for us and I imagine no doc workers have been out in a while or something. Lots of weekenders


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