Waitohi Bush


Pictured above is the Lime Kiln at nearby Kakahu.

This campsite provides the most stunning panoramic views of the Timaru District. With several walking tracks through the native bush, Waitohi is the perfect retreat for those who love the outdoors.

Waitohi Bush is surrounded by a pine plantation but the bush in the reserve includes mahoe, lemonwood, myrtle, black matipo, red matipo, marble leaf, narrow leaved lacebark, cabbage trees, kowhai, kanuka, five finger broadleaf, lancewood, wineberry, and fuchsia. The rare native climbing daisy grows here. along with Pohuehue and Parsonsia creepers which are abundant in places. There are some kahikatea, matai and totara trees.

Bird life includes bellbirds (korimako), fantails (piwakawaka), silver eyes, grey warblers, tomtits and the shining cuckoo.


  • Wonderful views over South Canterbury from the top of the hill
  • Abundant bird life
  • Native forest
  • Picnic area with water and BBQ
  • New Toilet installed November 2018
  • Drinking water

Maximum stay 3 nights (please arrive after 4pm and leave before 10am)

Please camp responsibly:

Always use a toilet

Please don’t litter

Please dispose of toilet waste sensibly

Respect your fellow campers

Be prepared

Weather in New Zealand can change unexpectedly so make sure you check the forecast for any warnings and always carry appropriate provisions.

We appreciate your help in preserving the beauty of our District by camping responsibly and protecting our natural environment.

Please enjoy your stay.

Last updated: 16 Sep 2021