Dickey Flat Campsite

Dickey Flat Campsite

Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park


41 Rankers Reviews

11 Face-to-Face

18 Waihi


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Dickey Flat & Crown Track


Dickey Flat Camping Ground is a large camp site located next to the Waitawheta River. There are heaps of walks to do in this area as well as some primo mountain biking all through the Karangahake Gorge. Lots of goldmining history to explore and the Waihi township is only about 12km away, where you can get all kinds of amenities and go to the beach. Enjoy! No fires please.


  • Crown Tram Track closed in May

    The Crown Tram Track going to the Karangahake Gorge will be closed for maintenance from the 2 – 26 May 2022.

    Dubbo96 and Karangahake Mountain Walks are still available during this time.

    Contact the Tauranga DOC office for more information.

    First published on 16 March 2022.


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DOC Bay of Plenty

Central government organisation


North IslandBay of PlentyWaihi


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Alex's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Can get busy, and camp sites can be soggy feel like they could flood. Also, the drive in is pretty steep for a camper.
Heaps to do and explore, great spot

Reviewed 6 months ago and experienced in March 2021

Ellen's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice secluded and quiet spot. Drop toilets and lots of walks near by.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Julian's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

A good family-friendly spot, perfect if you're just getting into camping. The river has plenty of safe spots for children and adults to swim in.

The only negative is it gets very busy, especially with people doing day trips for picnics and swimming.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2020

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Kim Provent

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful place, near the owharoa falls. Many opportunities to swim. Be careful of the insects thought, and the rather unclean toilets.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Iris's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Nice campsite with a lot of swimming holes. Gets pretty crowded but everyone is quiet by the time you're asleep. Alcohol ban is in effect.
Vault toilets and the water supply is the creek.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Rowanna's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Busy little place, need to get in early to get a good spot under the trees. River has some nice shallow spots for the little ones and a nice deep pool for big kids and a good amount of toilets.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Agnieszka's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

A nice place in the middle of a canyon. A lot of place for a tent and the toilet is all you need. Leave the fee in the iron ranger and be happy you support the reservate.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Nik's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Big camp ground with toilets. Loads of room under the trees for tents. Lots of space for cars on level gravel patch. Managers come by every day around 7pm so make sure you have filled your form and paid. 8$ per person.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Anders Knutsson's avatar

Anders Knutsson


Ranking: 9/10

Very good hiking trails. Beautiful place with a nice river to swim in. Come early.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Mike's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

This spot is very disappointing for a DOC site, especially for the price. Just a big gravel parking lot with zero privacy. You could find some decent tent spots if you walked a few minutes from your car. The whole place was super crowded especially during the day. The toilets were very smelly and there was lots of litter around the sites, on the trails and by the swimming hole. We didn't end up staying the night and just went for a swim and left.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Sarah's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

This place is more of a day trip destination as the walks/swimming area is good but the place itself is not. all it is is a rocky uneven car park that is very, very crowded, you can tent on the grassy area but can’t bring your vehicle which makes for a long walk when moving things. as soon as we arrived and saw this we left, not a welcoming environment and for the price definitely not worth it!

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Greg Smith

Ranking: 9/10

The real pity about this place is so many people know about it.....I went on a Saturday night and left it a bit late to get a good tent site but I was alone (well, with my dog) and therefore I wasn't too concerned about where my tent was.... It's a pity the empty lush paddock next door couldn't be utilised but it appears to be a makeshift shooting range of sorts.

There is a river which looks very clean but in fact is not potable.....BOIL IT FIRST !!

The majority of the noise came from the river (great sound) and the rest was supplied by others who don't know how to speak in a quite tone....So I had to wait until about 11pm to get to sleep - no biggie.

The area in general is amazing, there is great swimming at the campsite and at numerous other locations in the area....I suggest taking aqua booties (cheap as at The Warehouse) as the stones in the river are challenging to walk across when swimming etc.

It is a shame you can't park by your tent, but thats the nature of it's layout, if cars got any closer they would ruin the landscape.

Toilets were incredibly clean and not smelly, for composting toilets.....That was very refreshing !

I think that this site should be restricted to NOT house motorhomes (they have so many more places to go anyway).....keep it as a tent/car/small van site only so the carpark doesn't get so full.

Only reason for scoring a 9/10 was because they don't lock the gates at night.....a few people decided to drive in and out at peculiar times of the night/morning.

Alcohol ban in place at all times which is a good thing.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Thomas Crow

Ranking: 10/10

Best camp ground I've been at in NZ so far. Often you are packed in like a can of sardines, but DOC sites seem to be the way to go. They definitely had that open-field area that is generally so distasteful/quintessential NZ camping, but there was also a wooded area for us to hang our suspension tent from right next to the stream and it was so very lovely.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Cymen Crick

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