Puhi Puhi Camping

Puhi Puhi Camping


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Puhi Puhi Scenic Reserve


This is a small peaceful grassy campsite with basic facilities close to Kaikoura. There is a short bushwalk to help stretch the legs. Please don't light fires or bring pets along.

To get here, turn inland up Puhi Puhi Rd off SH1 on the north side of the Hapuku River bridge, 9km north of Kaikoura. The campsite is 6km along the road.


Feature Value Info


South IslandKaikoura RegionKaikoura


  • Basic Camping

Operating Season And Hours

All year


Showing 8 reviews of 27.

Lauren's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Good little spot in the woods, only one outhouse and water from the stream but great spot for a night

Reviewed 9 months ago

Karen's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Julia’s review below is for a different camp ground. Loved this site. Gorgeous setting and very tranquil

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Julia's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

I believe some of the ratings are actually for other campsite. This is not a doc site. It's commercial. You have to get the permission from Goose Bay Camping which is 1km south of this campsite. The site it not to big and its only unpowered sites BUT its right next to the beach. You can sea seal while you eat dinner and if you are lucky spot some dolphins. There are 3 toilets on the ground which are super clean! Yes the highway is next to it, but you can't have it all. It's 13Dollar per person and you can use the facilities of the Goose Bay campground (showers!!!) yes you have to drive there but I believe this site is far better than most Doc Scenic sites and it's the same price. So totally awesome for a stay close to Kaikoura.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Joe's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Nice and quiet place to stay, away from everything. The one toilet is ok and you can get water from the river down the camp.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Mark's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

Smallish site right off a little used gravel road next to a river that you use as a water source. Very quiet with the soft sound of the river in the background. The pit toilet was clean, but the ammonia vapors inside were noxious and unhealthy. It literally made my eyes water and nose run. It is very close to Kaikoura, and probably because of that there were about 12 cars in a place designed for 6.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Sinkbli's avatar



Ranking: 1/10

First, the picture on the Rankers app seems to be of a different campsite.

This site is described as “grassy” both here and on the DOC website, but really it is just a gravel car park with a couple of patches of grass around it. There isn’t much of a view, and I really don’t think it’s worth driving up the gravel track for.

We stayed in late March. All of the other campsites we’d been at had been half empty, but this one was packed - people arriving late were turning round and leaving because there was no more space.

Overall, I don’t see any reason to pay the 8 dollars per adult to stay here.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Daniel Carr


Ranking: 8/10

There is a beautiful 15 minute loop through podcarp forest, worth walking down to the river to have a play. Road is mostly gravel but scenic.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Stuart Jeffrey

Ranking: 8/10

Enjoyed my stay here, had a very peaceful afternoon with the place to myself. Enjoyed the walk through the bush, and the river, where I had a swim. Place was very busy by nightfall, 10-15 lots of campers, and was still quiet; everyone very respectful. Would recommend. And suggest you take water for drinking as the water available is from the creek; fine for cooking and cleaning.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

DOC Managed

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Nick Morrison

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