Courthouse Flat Campsite

Courthouse Flat Campsite

Kahurangi National Park


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Courthouse Flat Camping Ground


DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

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.


  • Wasp control in Motueka and Golden Bay Area

    A wasp control operation using Vespex poison will be carried out in the following areas:

    Mt Richmond Forest Park: Hacket Track, Bushy Top to Top Wairoa Hut (Te Araroa Trail).

    Kahurangi National Park: Sylvester Track, Lake Peel Track, Trilobite Hut to Chaffey Hut – Cobb Valley, Splugeons Rock Shelter to Crow Hut – Leslie/Karamea Valleys, Wangapeka Campsites – Siberia Flat, Courthouse Flat, Rolling Junction to Kings Creek Hut – Wangapeka Track, Granity Pass and Blue Creek Track – Wangapeka Valley, Baton Valley Tracks – Ellis and Flanagans Huts. 

    Abel Tasman National Park: Abel Tasman Coast Track and associated great walk campsites, Totaranui Campground, Abel Tasman Inland Track and all access points, Awaroa Village, Torrent Bay Village, Falls River Track, Gibbs Hill Track, Harwoods Hole Track – Canaan Downs, Rameka Track – Canaan Downs.

    Motueka Area: Cable Bay Track, Eves Valley Track, Kaiteriteri Track.

    The bait will be in bait stations. All public access points will display warning signs. This operation will be in place until 30 April 2021.

    First published on 22 February 2022.
  • Aerial goat control operation in Abel Tasman and Kahurangi area

    An aerial feral goat control operation will commence in Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks on Thursday, 12 April 2022. The operation will be completed by Friday 29 April 2022.

    This operation will be targeting goats in the Marahau Valley in Abel Tasman National Park.

    In Kahurangi National Park, areas affected with be South Branch Riuwaka, Karamea and Leslie Valleys, Luna Slips, Saxon Falls, Mt Owen, Fyfe River, Granity (Courthouse Flat area) and Nuggety Creeks.

    For more information contact the DOC Office in Motueka, phone +64 3 528 1810.

    First published on 1 April 2022.


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DOC Nelson/Tasman

Central government organisation


South IslandNelson RegionMotueka


  • Basic Camping


Rian Talen's avatar

Rian Talen

Ranking: 1/10

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).

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Laksmi C

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Ranking: 8/10

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!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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