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The Masterton District Council welcomes campers and encourages you to explore everything our region has to offer, from the wild coast at Castlepoint, to the native bush and tranquil rivers.
Campers are asked to stay in holiday parks, designated camping sites or DOC camping areas. If you want to access freedom camping areas you need a fully self-contained vehicle that includes a toilet, shower and wastewater facilities.
DoC campsites can be found at:
  • Kiriwhakapapa which is about 20kms North of Masterton and features a lovely family campsite beside a creek, with an old logging and exotic (redwood) forestry trial area nearby. You must pay cash for your stay: $8 per adult and $4 per child, under 5’s go free.
  • Holdsworth is located 2km South of Masterton beneath the Tararua Ranges. There are walks, fishing and swimming nearby as well as grassed areas for sports. You must pay cash for your stay: $8 per adult and $4 per child, under 5’s go free.
Overnight Parking (for Self-contained Vehicles Only)
Henley Lake off Colombo Road. Maximum stay of two nights, for self-contained vehicles only.
Dump Stations
There is one dump station available in the district for servicing motorhomes and self-contained campervans. This is located at Mawley Holiday Park and can be used free of charge by any visitors during their office opening hours (see below for more info). Disposal of human waste should only be undertaken at dump stations. Disposal in any other location is an offence and could result in infringements or prosecution.
Help us keep our district beautiful by using rubbish bins when possible, or by taking your rubbish with you. Check the opening times and days for our district’s refuse and transfer stations.

We encourage all visitors to make use of our top-rated and wonderfully situated campsites.

Mawley Holiday Park

Mawley Holiday Park is a top-quality facility, which serves the Wairarapa community, providing accommodation for the region’s major cultural and sporting events. In 2013 it was recognised by New Zealand Tourism’s official quality assurance organisation, Qualmark, with a 4+ star rating and an Enviro-Silver award. In the same year, it also won the THL/Qualmark Quality Assurance Award. In 2014 the Park was a runner-up in the industry’s top award “AA Spirit of Hospitality ”, and in 2015 they were the winners of the award. In 2017 they were also awarded Trip advisor’s “Spirit of Excellence Award”.

The park (refurbished in 2011) is the perfect base from which to explore everything Masterton has to offer. It features a range of quality accommodation and the self-contained units contain TVs, heat pumps, kitchen and full linen. The remainder of the cabins are studios serviced by a fully equipped kitchen and communal ablution blocks. There are also powered and non-powered sites for campers and caravans.

Mawley Park can be found nestled in a sheltered, peaceful setting on the banks of the Waipoua River, with established grounds including open spaces, stunning specimen trees, a children’s playground, and BBQ area. Its location is just two minutes’ away from Masterton’s recreation precinct, featuring Queen Elizabeth Park, the adventure playground, recreation centre, skate park, museums, mini golf, cafes and shops.

5 Oxford Street, Masterton
P: 06 378 6454
[email protected]

Castlepoint Holiday Park and Motel Accommodation

Castlepoint is a small township set in a dramatic seaside environment just 64km from Masterton. Castlepoint has a fossil-rich limestone reef, safe sandy beaches and features the stunning 162m high Castle Rock, one of the most spectacular sights along the Wairarapa coast. The land is terraced providing fabulous views from most accommodation including kitchen cabins and park motels. Campsites are varied and beach-front sites offer great sea views.

Motel Units, Cook House, Seaview House and the Garden Cottage are all situated across the road from the beach with great views of the bay and Lighthouse, all located within walking distance of the Holiday Park. Pets are welcome in the offseason after Easter and before Labour weekend.

Some camping is available for those with self-contained vehicles but there are restrictions in place to protect the natural environment so please refer to this document (PDF, 418KB) before you consider staying there.

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