Woodville Ferry Reserve

Woodville Ferry Reserve, located near Ballance Bridge, is a large grassy plain perfect for picnics and overnight stays (self-contained motorhomes only). With so much space, you’ll have privacy and relaxation.  This reserve provides easy access to the Manawatu River for swimming and kayaking, and even fishing and has a small wetland which is planted with native trees.  The reserve is carefully tended by the Woodville Domain Board, and is a community favourite. To access the reserve, the gate/entrance is on SH 3 between the Ballance Bridge and the entrance to the Gorge. If the gate is shut, please be sure to close it behind you.


The only campsite directly within Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge. Wake up each morning to sound of native birds singing and the sound of the river meandering through the valley. Plenty of fish in the river too!

– Self-contained vehicles only
– Max. 3 nights stay per calendar month
– Access can be slippery when wet
– Fires Prohibited

For more information on camping at Woodville Ferry Reserve click here.


Napier Rd
-40.338000, 175.819259

From Palmerston North City | 20min drive
Head East out of town along Main St, which turns into Napier Rd. Continue through Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge. The entrance is via a gate on your right immediately before Ballance Bridge/Gorge Rd.

From Woodville | 3min drive
Head West out of Woodville towards Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge. Directly past the turn off too (don’t turn) Gorge Rd/Ballance Bridge, the entrance is on your left via a gate.


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