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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Camping at Kaitoke Regional Park

It’s been a while since we have stayed here, and Kaitoke Regional Park is just as lovely as ever.  Nestled against the foothills of the Tararua Ranges, the area of the park covers almost 3000 hectares.  As well as the gently undulating grassy picnic and camping areas, the park is made up of steep bush clad hills covered with centuries old forests.  Rimu, rata, hinau and kamahi grow in the fertile river flats, red beech grows on the lower slopes, while black beech forests grow on the higher spurs and ridge tops.  We decided to camp here for the night, continuing on our way tomorrow to our Caravan Rally weekend at Clareville, driving over the Rimutaka Hill to the Wairarapa. 

P2040012 Plenty of room at Kaitoke

There is no shortage of native birds in such a wonderful environment, such as tui, piwakawaka (fantail), kereru and silver eyes which are everywhere in the bush and quite easy to see.  The shy New Zealand bush falcon thrives in the hilly areas, so we read, but would be much more difficult to spot.  We had a more mundane bird sighting when our campsite was invaded by a whole posse of mallard ducks as they waddled slowly by to nibble at tasty morsels in the grass.

P2040024 Mallard ducks out to lunch

This camp uses a self registration system.  We filled out the registration card and displayed it in the caravan window, and placed our overnight fees of $6 pp in the envelope provided to feed into the Iron Maiden.

P2040035  Paying our fees

Kaitoke Regional Park is the water catchment area to supply water to the Wellington Region.  As well as the camping and picnic areas available, there are a number of easy walks in the park, and a couple of tramping tracks for the more adventurous.

P2040029Map of the Regional Park

Water, toilets, BBQs, kitchen and a sheltered picnic area is available for the campers.  No rubbish bins though, it is strictly pack in and pack out.

P2040033 Large kitchen and toilet block

Other campers arrived during the day, parked their vans and set up their tents here and there.  With plenty of room and several large camping areas available, we can hardly see them.  Geoff and Eileen arrived in time for a late 4zees, and parked up beside us.  We welcomed them with the offer of a cuppa.    So it was two coffees for the ladies and two mugs of beer for the blokes.  Geoff had a special brew he was keen to share – very tasty, was the verdict.

P2040038 Settling in for the evening.

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