About Hangdog

Hangdog is a family owned business set up in the late ’90′s as a low cost minimal facility camping ground specifically designed for the outdoors enthusiast who doesn’t mind living cheap and easy.

Hangdog SignPredominantly catering for national and international rock climbers looking to access the renowned limestone crags at the nearby Paynes Ford Scenic Reserve, we also welcome (in our quieter months) anyone looking to take advantage of the numerous other outdoor pursuits that Golden Bay is packed with. Whether it be tramping, caving, kayaking, or mountain biking, with two internationally renowned national parks within an hour’s drive there’s plenty to choose from!

Hangdog has always held a reputation as a fun, quirky and super friendly campground where you can always be sure to find one of three things: love, progressive climbing grades or a mammoth hangover. If you’re looking to show off your new car or lie under a sunbed somewhere for your holidays, Hangdog is not your place. If you want to experience what has become a true-blue original NZ climbing tradition, spend some quality time in some of New Zealand’s most stunning outdoors and be a part of its most alternative and funky community- come visit!!

During the peak summer period of mid December through to early February Hangdog is exclusively reserved for those who are actively climbing, as this was the original intent behind the camp. Outside of this, bring your bike, your kayak or maybe just your bivvy bag and call in. Watch out for the fat guard dog that likes to lick people to death.

We are situated on State Highway 60 which runs down the Takaka River valley, where the Paynes Ford bridge crosses the river. The funky township of Takaka, the “capital” of Golden Bay, is only 3.5 km away which makes for an easy walk, hitch, or bike mission to the supermarket, coffee shops, pharmacy, more coffee shops, some pretty average pubs, and of course the ever-in-demand liquor store.

For more info on how to find us, click here.

So, sounds good eh? See you soon then…

The Hangdog Whanau.

Contact Details

Manager / Office:

Snail Mail:
Paynes Ford
RD1 Takaka
Golden Bay 7183
New Zealand