Putai Ngahere Domain (Vinegar Hill)

This 30.84ha reserve is one of the District's most popular and well-used picnic and camping reserves.

Vinegar Hill

Main Attractions

The bush entrance to the reserve features giant redwood, totara and other native species. The reserve provides for a range of recreation activities including swimming, fishing, whitewater rafting and canoeing. It is a popular holiday camping spot for families and large groups. There are three main camping areas but people can camp where they wish.

We have been working hard to ensure we provide a safe and enjoyable place for everyone over summer so we ask that you read and respect the following guidelines:

  • Use the litter bins provided or take your litter away with you.
  • Be considerate. Other people have the right to stay here as well.
  • Please keep noise down to a respectful level after 11pm. For New Year's Eve this will be after 2am.
  • Bonfires and the use of wood fires is prohibited.
  • Drink driving laws apply within the reserve.
  • No dogs are permitted on the reserve between Labour weekend and Easter weekend.

Summer season (October-March)

Manawatu District Council have engaged Red Badge Security Services to monitor and respond to anyone exhibiting any form of anti-social behaviour. Those who do not respect our guidelines will be asked to leave or referred to Police.

Fees per night

Adult $6.00 each
Children $3.00 each

Recreation Services Ltdare the maintenance contractors onsite who will be collecting your fees during the camping season (Dec-Feb). Please be aware this is cash only. At other times please send the fees to Manawatu Distict Council, Private Bag 10 001, Feilding.

Winter season (April-September)

Fees are not collected during this time. Please continue to respect the above guidelines and check the weather and river levels before camping.

Please note that the south end of the Reserve is locked off to the public during the winter season.


This reserve is located at the northern end of the Cheltenham Hunterville Road just before State Highway 54 crosses the bridge to become the Vinegar Hill Road.