Camping in the Wairarapa
Featherston is the first stop over the Rimutaka Hill Road from Wellington and the Featherston campground is right there on State Highway 2.
Masterton is the largest town in Wairarapa and the campground is right there in the middle on the river.
Ngawi campground is located on the coastal side of Cape Palliser Road, opposite Ngawi settlement. Here is a map to Ngawi campground.
Te Awaiti Camping Area – Between Te Awaiti Road and Oterei River. Follow this map to Te Awaiti camping.
Camping is also welcomed on Department of Conservation land at the Putangirua Pinnacles and the Corner Creek campsite. Corner Creek is only 5 minutes walk from Palliser Bay along Ocean Beach road, 45 minutes from Featherston. If you're thinking of camping in the South Wairarapa you can grab a copy of local guidelines here.
Ocean Beach down Western Lake Road from Featherston is a rough road and really only recommended for 4WD vehicles. The scenic rewards are worth the effort.
Kiriwhakapapa in the northern reaches of the Tararua Ranges is a small and quiet camping area and start to easy access to the mountains.
Mount Holdsworth is the most popular camping area in the Tararua Ranges and is a fun atmosphere with other families often camped there.
The Department of Conservation offers camping at Waiohine Gorge about 20 minutes from Carterton and at Bucks Road by the Tauherenikau River, just 15 minutes from Featherston.