My wife and I went there in Oct this year. I think its over rated and so did one other couple I talked too. Doc told me its not their peak season so They don't look after the site as much.
The grass was over grown there was recycling there from their last peak season.
Don't get me wrong it is a nice spot, very tight road to get into the site with some blind corners
But I think Doc are a bit cheeky charging people a full rate for camping for a site run down when there is a heap of free freedom camping spots in the Coromandel
Ives van Neck
Sea view, low priced. Although a bit of a struggle to get there over the gravel road, it was it all worth it. Quiet DOC camping spot, $10 per person + $3 garbage tax. Even had excellent Spark signal, but no 2degrees. If they could add hot showers and normal toilets instead of drop toilets it will get a 10. Be aware, the nearest gas station and supermarket is an hour away.
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After 15km of good gravel road you reach a really lovely bay. The campsite is in the best condition and the view over the beach is beautiful. Bit like paradise with the ducks sitting next to us. Shower and toilet are basic but super clean. We will come back.
This was the most stunning camping ground I've stayed at yet. Super picturesque, a great amount of perfect places to park your car and set up camp (lots of shady spots too). The bay is very quiet and peaceful and there is a great walk that goes round to Port Jackson. If you are tossing up between Port Jackson and Stony Bay, stay at Stony Bay (unless you like fishing-I heard it was better at Port Jackson). The camp warden is also super nice and has a weather report if you're interested!
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A very nice, huge campground overlooking a beautiful bay. Clean longdrop toilets, cold water showers and sink for dish washing. The walk starting from stony bay is very beautiful too. A long gravelroad brings you there. Ok for campervans and worth the effort.
North, very north, but so peaceful place, nice walk to a bay, the mountain bike track is steep but offers amazing views.
Wonderful campsite, great views, many toilets and some cold showers.
Only reason I wouldn't recommend it to everyone is the access road. You have to drive 21 km of a windy gravel road which will cost you at least 3/4 of an hour.
If you want to do the Coastal walk, take care that you take the right path which is very close to the far end of the bay. The other one is for mountainbikers and has 2 river crossings.
Price: 10 $ pp
Helen and Ogi
Fantastic location by a beautiful bay. Nice inland walk beside a river, and right next to a great coastal walking track. Basic facilities but in good condition. Toilets and cold showers.
One of the nicest spots. Not easy to reach via steel gravel but fantastic view of the sea. Cold showers and toilets included.
Excellent, quiet with amazing views. I almost hate recommending it because I'd like it to be just the same when I come back to NZ and not overrun.
Beautiful spot, great facilities for DOC campsite, close to great walks. Bit of a drive to get to but well worth it.
Too cool campsite with walks, fishing, privacy and good facilities. DOC campsite with a long windy gravel road for access. (River and Bay on each site in camp).
Cheap, clean, amazing view, best smelling toilets in NZ.
Gorgeous campsite right next to the Bay. Really quiet, enjoy a campfire the night and the beautiful sunrise the next morning!