Waikawa River

Waikawa River, Te Ākau Tai Toka, Murihiku


This nohoanga site is situated by the Waikawa River at Niagara adjacent to Māngai Piri (Niagara Falls). Travelling from Tokanui, you drive passed Chaslands Highway turn off and take your first left onto Manse Road. If you drive passed the Niagara Falls Café you have travelled too far. The nohoanga is situated on your left, fully fenced with gates and is the area located before driving over the bridge of the Waikawa River.

Physical description

The site is mostly covered in regenerating native bush. There is a well formed carpark and the site includes a number of suitable campsites. The nohoanga is fully fenced. There has been a successful replanting effort in recent years which is now establishing. There is gorse and broom seedlings growing on site that are pulled every few months.

Download the Waikawa River Nohoanga Management Plan

Facilities and Services

Car-parking and areas available for camping onsite.

The nohoanga is fully fenced.

The site has an old unusable concrete long drop toilet on site. Nohoanga users are required to bring their own portable toilets.

Nohoanga site users are required to provide their own water supplies and must take all rubbish away with them.

There is a whitebait stand on the river margin adjacent to the nohoanga site. Public access to the stand will not be withheld or restricted.

Vehicle access and parking

The site has excellent two wheel drive access and is also suitable for caravans and campervans. Parking space is abundant on the nohoanga site. Vehicle users should ensure that they park on site and do not park for extended periods on the public road outside the site nor in a position which would impede other users’ access to and from the site.

Site specific risks and hazards

  • Waikawa River is very close and there are high banks in some places.
  • Falling tree’s during any high winds.
  • Vehicles on the public road.
  • Users must be responsible for their own safety.

Special Conditions

  • Fire restrictions may apply to this area. Please contact the Department of Conservation Area Office in Invercargill to assess the situation. Comprehensive information on fire control in the area is available via the Southern Rural Fire Authority website:
  • Dogs are only allowed by prior arrangement and written approval. Dog owners should ensure that dogs are closely monitored to mitigate the potential for attacks on threatened native species and/or other site users.
  • Those wishing to hunt in the area require a hunting permit from the Department of Conservation. Fire arms should not be carried without a valid hunting permit. Please see the Department of Conservation website for information about hunting and firearm safety.
  • Note – by using the Waikawa nohoanga site you are agreeing to these conditions.

Key Contacts

Emergency Services

Phone 111 (Police, Fire or Ambulance)

Police Station

Invercargill South Police Station
141 Janet Street
Ph: (03) 215 0300

Department of Conservation

Cue on Don
Level 7 / 33 Don Street
Ph: (03) 211 2400

Southland District Council

Southland District Council
Ph: 03 211 2500 or 0800 732 732

Environment Southland

Environment Southland
Cnr North Road & Price Street
Ph: 03 211 5115 or 0800 76 88 45
After Hours Ph: 03 211 5225 or 0800 76 88 45

Fish and Game (fishing licence outlets).

Fish and Game Council
159 North Rd Invercargill
Ph: (03) 215 9117

Hospital / Doctors

Southland Hospital
Kew Road, Invercargill
Ph: (03) 218 1949

Dumping Station for Campervans / Portable Toilets

Tokanui Shop
Southern Scenic Route, through the
Catlins, Tokanui

Invercargill Top 10 Holiday Park (Gum Tree Farm)

77 McIvor Road
Ph: 0800 486 873 or (03) 215 9032

Refuse Station

Invercargill Transfer Station
303 Bond Street. West Invercargill
Ph: (03) 218-7939