2 Rankers Reviews
389 Basic Camping
A beautiful drive to the Courthouse Flat Camping Ground situated next to an historic goldfield.
The road is not suitable for large campervans as the road can become impassable after heavy rain falls. There is walking access over the dart River if this is the case.
Try your hand at striking it rich with a bit of gold panning action. There is good fishing, walking and for the extremo's, caving.
There are no fires permitted at anytime, and the only water is from a stream.
Talking of gold, the walk from this campsite to nearby Mt Owen is just that.
South Island ▷ Nelson Region ▷ Motueka
Number of tent sites - 25.
It takes half an hour of gravel road to get there and only near the end you know if you can cross the river. If the water is below the knee, you can cross the ford (told to us by locals the day after).
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At the start of the very steep track up to Mt Owen...but there are shorter walks you can do from the campsite into the bush around the old gold mining areas...and there are actually old relics of big metal gold mining equipment that were apparently dragged all the way from Nelson by men who started gold mining there but then abandoned them. There are two or three examples of these right on the track as well as evidence of the stone walls they built as well. The campsite is in a huge grassy area with good swimming holes in summer and mountains all around...but don't forget your insect repellent!
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 😍