What a beautiful place Pahi is. We’ve been here before I was doing this blog with friends just after some heavy rain. We had to park on the gravel so its not an all weather grassy surface.
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Pahi is about 15 minutes off the main highway through to Dargaville. It is at the end of a peninsula south of Paparoa.
When I arrived, I was met with a sign in the office to make myself comfortable in a park of my choice and they’ll catch up with me. For $10 (with NZMCA discount) per person per night with power, it is exceptionally good value and its in a lovely spot in the northern reaches of the Kaipara Harbour.
Apparently it is one of the few all tide ramps in the whole of the Kaipara.
The wharf is great for a walk down or just for a look around. There are some really quirky little houses there dotted around the waterfront, almost like an old fishing village you see in the magazines.
The camp is a Doc park with the staff being managed by a local committee and apparently it works well. There is an old Hotel which had its license transferred to the Paparoa pub in the 50’s. It is still in great shape but is now a private house. The camp has a dump stations and a recently renovated toilet and shower block.
A lovely spot which you could easily spend a few days at and run by some really nice people.
There was a good 3G Internet signal here but I forgot to speedtest it.
Rafe’s Track to Pahi