Broken Hills Campsite

Broken Hills Campsite

Broken Hills area


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Broken Hills Camping Ground
standard doc issue long drop


Great camping next to the Tairua River and a chance to explore the gold mining area - who needs lotto when there's gold to be found!
NOTE - If you have the DOC Conservation Campsite Pass, this is one of the two applicable campsites to incur an extra $5 surcharge


Feature Value Info


DOC Coromandel

Central government organisation


North IslandCoromandelThames


  • Basic Camping


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Ellen's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice and quiet in the native trees. Bit of a drive along the gravel road to get in but nothing crazy. Just a toilet and small shelter, no benches or anything though.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Anders Knutsson


Ranking: 9/10

Nice and quiet, out in the countryside. Small place with just a toilet. A small river just by the campsite.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Stefan Beiner


Ranking: 6/10

Stayed there one night. The drive is via sealed and gravel road although doable with a campervan. We reached pretty late afternoon so didn’t have time to look around. The camp site was just fine and the toilets were not inviting. Lots of flies along the walls and not a feeling of a clean place.
Unfortunately it rained hard the following morning so we left pretty quickly.
Does not live up to experience with other DOC scenic camps as location stuck in valley and mostly between trees. Gets dark pretty quickly at night because of this.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Andrew Flanagan

Ranking: 4/10

This is definitely not scenic! They may call it scenic as you have to drive 5k from the main road to get to it.
Overpriced for a patch of grass to pitch a tent as most of the 'scenic' sites are! It should be $6-8 p.p. and not $13. Just money grabbing... It should be based on what facilities or amenities the site has, not just because its surrounded by trees.
This site is accessed through a gate which you need to open and close behind you. There is a basic drop toilet and a non treated water supply. No shelter or picnic benches which even a lot of the free sites have.
Positives - it was quiet and wasn't overcrowded like many sites are. Also fairly decent to see the stars as there was no bright lights around to interfere.
(1 point for having a toilet, 1 point for having water, 1 point for being quiet and 1 point for not being crowded).

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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deborah cooper


Ranking: 9/10

Lovely camp ground. Very big with heaps of secluded camping areas, hidden away. Drop toilets in each of the different areas. Free with Camp Pass. Very well kept. Would have loved to stayed longer and do some of the walks, but we were limited with time.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Ally Rowe

Ranking: 9/10

A quiet, clean campsite with good bathroom facilities and a fresh river to swim in on warm afternoons. No cooking facilities, but we enjoyed our stay here a lot!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Jason Stalgis

Ranking: 6/10

Nice quiet spot, set alongside a river. There was only 2 other people camping there when we stopped in for the night in late November. No fires allowed. Gravel road to get in but fine for campervans.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Brodie Webster

Ranking: 9/10

Shared the large campground with only one other van in late November, gorgeous river views - good for swimming, easily accessible and lots of toilets (drop) around the grounds - bring your own toilet paper!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Anne Hempelt


Ranking: 6/10

Just bush toilets for $10 each.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in November 2014

Atilio's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely place, great nature and surroundings, peaceful river to play at, many choices of interesting walking tracks, very quiet. Kind of expensive for the services provided. The road to get there is in very good condition.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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James Russell


Ranking: 8/10

Large camp with hot showers!

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Nelle Dutilleur


Ranking: 9/10

Very good but $10 per person just for a compost toilet and no drinkable water is too expensive.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

FlyingKiwiGirl's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Well maintained excellent DOC camping ground with basic facilities(long drop toilets & taps). Very private with lots of sites in amongst native bush. Runs along side the Tairua River which is very picturesque too. Some excellent walks in the area. Be careful to get road name correct as there is another road into Broken Hills with the same name just missing the "valley" out of it. Bird life is fantastic.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

DOC Managed

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 😍

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Cymen Crick

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