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Battle Hill Farm Forest Park: A great Summer camping spot

Bette Cosgrove


Pauatahanui, Paekakariki Hill Road, Wellington Regional Park

This super affordable camp ground close to Wellington, Hutt Valley and Kapiti is situated on a former farm and a significant historical site.

In a sheltered valley, it caters for everyone on a pay per person basis with online reservation and payment services at the gate.

It’s a lot like freedom camping in that you simply register and park up wherever there’s a suitable spot, either near the stables, river or forest. There are plenty of natural spaces for everyone from pup tents to large RVs. There’s always a wide variety of campers enjoying this camping spot.

We love the masses of eels to feed, day hikes and night walks to search for glow worms; there are safe fire-pits too and a little swimming hole for hot days.

A basic flushing toilet block and water facilities are provided, with the only restriction being that no dogs are allowed.

Big vehicles stick to the southern road access.


Pauatahanui, Paekakariki Hill Road, Wellington Regional Park.


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