Trotters Gorge Campsite

Trotters Gorge Campsite



13 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

4 Palmerston


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Trotters Gorge Camping Ground


Close to Moeraki, turn off at Horse Range Road and follow for about 4.5km to Trotters Gorge. The campsite is surrounded by mature native forest, as a result it is quite dark and the ground can be quite soft. There are some good walks to do from here through the Herbert Forest and a very clear stream flowing next to the campsite. There are a couple of fords to cross to get into the campsite, so drive in carefully.


  • Trotters Gorge closed for Winter

    The gate to the campsite is closed to vehicles during Winter because of wet conditions. You can still access the tracks and campsite on foot. 

    First published on 9 May 2022.


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DOC Otago

Central government organisation


South IslandCoastal OtagoPalmerston


  • Basic Camping


Mel's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful peaceful spot to spend a night. Toilets were in good condition. Nothing else there. Walks from the site were a good start to the day.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Rebecka's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

I loved this place! Swam in the creek and the place is nestled with bush and just three other campers there. We took a walk to the gorge creek route that is signed and it was beautiful!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Brendan Trotter


Ranking: 5/10

Sign said we couldn’t camp. I think there had been rain a few days before that may have flooded the road a bit.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Helena Wong

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Modest area that is grassy, secluded, and a very short drive from boulders. Just had long drops, but they were clean. Wasn't too busy when I was there, only 4 other cars. Zero sandflies, had a great time reading with the car open to the air.

May have difficulty accessing area during heavy rain. Light rain otherwise seemed fine.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Frankie B

Ranking: 8/10

Nice spot, easy to get to and peaceful with lots of birdsong. I can image it filling up over holidays times but I went midweek in dry weather and it was great! Would avoid in wet weather if you're tenting.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

Juliane's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice idyllic place. Way to the campsite was ok with our big camper. Trotters gorge walk really good and with beautiful outlook!
Unfortunately no dustbins.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

CMG's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Small camp, but pretty and quiet with a creekside walking track at one end. Drop toilet and a couple of picnic tables. Closed during heavy rain due to flooding.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Sander Schouwenaar

Ranking: 7/10

Nice quiet place in the forest with wet grounds. Not accessible after heavy rain. Only facilities are clean long drops.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Nancy Blindell's avatar

Nancy Blindell

Ranking: 8/10

Peaceful campground, resident chickens add character! Good but basic toilet. Some beautiful walks nearby. We came in with a big camper and were a little deterred by the description but no fording required and roads in fine condition. $6 each DOC honesty box. Beats camping beside the highway!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

Florian's avatar



Ranking: 7/10

Basic DOC campsite. Toilets ok.
But not so many spaces if you arrive late.
Near a stream and at the start of walks.
6$ pp

Reviewed over 9 years ago

thefresh2o's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

Nice, quiet location - had fighting possums in the trees! This ground gets quite wet after rain so you need to look around for a dryish tent site. Vans should find it OK. Too many people leave their litter laying around - clean up around your site & help everyone out.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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C P Lawrence

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Good situation but wet, sloping ground.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Cymen Crick

Rankers Owner