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26 Bird Watching
162 Basic Camping
Mill flat is nestled in native forest next to a stream that is great for swimming. There is a nature walk and a longer full-day hike up Mt Fishtail. The Mill Flat Camping Ground is accessible by walking or 4WD only as it is a remote campsite that sits beneath the Richmond ranges.
South Island ▷ Marlborough ▷ Blenheim
Number of tent sites - 20. 4WD access only
Rob & Colleen Elwood
Mill Flat is an extensive grassy opening on the floor of a mountain valley. It is surrounded on all sides by forest and in itself is on a kind of boundary between native beech forest and production pine plantations. The Pine Valley stream borders one side of the camping area and provides pristine fresh water and a deep icy swimming hole. There are long-drop toilets but no other facilities.
It is possible to drive an ordinary vehicle on the rough and dusty Pine Valley Road up to a parking area from which the Mill Flat campsite is an easy 25 minute walk .. including a swing bridge across the stream to the campsite. The carpark and adjacent swimming hole would be a pleasant site for a fully self contained vehicle. There is now a toilet at the car park. 4x4 vehicles with reasonable ground clearance can negotiate the ford which is quite deep and uneven. Do not attempt to cross this stream if the river is high.
Mill Flat is a good place for safe and easily accessible "wilderness" camping. A continuation of the walking track through Mill Flat leads to the site of the former Pine Valley Hut and eventually to the mountain track to the summit of Mt Fishtail and the Richmond Range.
Since the time of writing my previous comment and new long-drop toilet has been constructed at the car park
Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍