Dickey Flat Campsite

Dickey Flat Campsite

Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park

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Ellen

Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Julian

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 over 1 year 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 1 year ago

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Iris

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 1 year ago

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Rowanna

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 almost 2 years ago

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Agnieszka

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 almost 2 years ago

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Nik

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 2 years ago

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Anders Knutsson

Sweden

Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Mike

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 almost 3 years ago

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Sarah

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 over 3 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 3 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 3 years ago

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Anne Khomko

Ranking: 10/10

Love this place! Stayed here for 1 night, it was peaceful and quite. Lots of swimming spots around. Highly recommend to visit tunnel and swimming waterfalls before rush hours which starts from 1pm.Otherwise it will be too crowded.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Annina Jarvinen

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice camping, toilets in good shape. No drinking water and nowhere to do dishes. But there is a river. Very nice swimming spots even for families with small kids like us.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Thomas Moller

Ranking: 5/10

Nice spot with just composting toiletts, no water supply except the water from the river. $8 per night an person just for a place to stand is in my opinion to expensive. A DOC officer checked the tax box at 7pm and 7am, therefore be sure you paid.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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deborah cooper

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful drive to this spot. Lovely location, but unfortunately campervans can't camp as close to the river as tents can. Stunning river. Spotless drop toilets. Very crowded unfortunately, but we were there on a Friday night.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Dave Rollison

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

A DOC site which we used as a stopover for a night on our way north. Has 2 composting toilets; washing is in the river if you're not in a campervan. It was not very easy to find (but the location directions that we had could have been better). There were some scouts and other groups of teenagers camping there, so it was quite noisy that night. Make sure you pay the overnight fee at the honesty box - the warden came round before 8am checking who hadn't paid.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Nic

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

This was our first campsite in New Zealand and we loved it. Very quiet and peaceful, we slept really well and in the morning had a little walk along the beautiful river. Beautiful location. Highly recommended!

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Adam

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Great site with plenty of shady trees to camp under/near. Right next to the flowing river, great for swiming etc. 15 minute easy walk, through the long tunnel to the deep large water hole where you can jump and play. Toilets are acceptable for composting style, cleaned everyday. The only reason I did not give this a 10 out of 10 is as follows: you cannot park your vehicle next to your tent site. The cars stay in the carpark and you have to carry your gear. I was camping with 5 children so we had a trailer of gear, so took my wheel barrow to transport. Another slight downside is the sandflies, bring bug spray and keep reapplying through the day. And finally the last reason for not giving a higher score is the night life.... on our most recent stay this site was very popular with young people with music and alcohol. We had two consecutive nights with little sleep. It was a long weekend and the ground was very full so other tents were in close proximity. Have heard there is work underway to make it alcohol free camp ground to prevent the problems in future.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Virginie Polguere

Ranking: 6/10

We stayed one night. The price is $6 per adult. The toilets are ok but the water supply was the river... not very practical. The place is nice to visit.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Bob Fontaine

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice location, easy access but maybe not ideal for busses as the road is a bit windy. The campsite extends from the adjacent fence downstream (250 m) to the suspension bridge over the Waitawheta river. No street noise, only nature! Tents can stay next to the river or near/in the car park. Cars can only stay in the car park.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Eva Marsikova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 8/10

$6 per person. Enough space for tents, if you sleep in the car though you have to stay in the carpark. Crowded in summer (a lot of toilets, all of them smelly), beautiful setting, great swimming hole.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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John G

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Really clear water - a great place for a morning swim. Get there early to lock in a decent tent site by the river. Bug spray a plus.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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sydneyaharris

Ranking: 8/10

Great swimming hole! A bit buggy so bring the insect repellent, but overall a very nice stay.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Lena + Kristof

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

6$ per person. It is next to a scenic river, where you can also swim and brush your teeth :-) ideal for tents. there is a small carpark for vans nearby a road to a busy farm.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Elles Janssen

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Clean facilities. Would have been nice without rain, but it was still a good place to stay.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Hannah Watt

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Great location, good campground with great walks.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Manuel Bach

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice waterhole, clean toilets.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Marc Engstle

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Nice and cheap camp, no water supply!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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James Russell

England

Ranking: 7/10

Simple camp in stunning location. Great walks nearby.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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arnaud paquet

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

Just 9 because of the sandflies and the toilets but it's still a nice place, along the river and the campground is at the beginning of nice easy walk to Karangahake Gorge.

But not a lot of place and it' quite popular so be early :)

Just 6$ each, which is really cheap.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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ramy

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Small campground near the river. Great trail down the gorge with bridges and historical mining information along the way. A bit of a winding road to get to it but worth it. Fantastic place to see birds.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Mo Downes

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely setting, clean, cheap $6NZD PP, staff helpful with directions. Would visit again.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Phil & Laura

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Simple and basic DOC. Twin loos in the main site with another located away from the van park in the area for tents. Adjacent to a river, with a handful of picnic tables available for use. Handily located for several beautiful trail walks

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Judith & John Bishop

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Dickeys flat is not really suitable for motorhomes, unless you are small, and its off season. The camp site has now been more defined and no vehicles are allowed on the site. The car park is not that large.
It is a lovely spot beside the river, swimming and some good tramping around the area.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Marjolein Hartsuiker

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

NIce quiet camping with a river to take a shower. Nice starting point for a walkway along the Karangahake Gorge walkway. We liked to see the gold mining batteries. Pity that the walkway is so close to the SH2, the windows/crown track was nice.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Robin

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

DOC have done a great job, updating the camp, with better toilets. This is a beautiful site for a camp, down by the river, near some lovely mature trees for shade in summer.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Florian

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Campsite in a beautiful valley. Swim in the river, really refreshing in the morning.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Kasia Robshaw

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Set in a beautiful valley by a stream. The views are magnificent, toilets clean and bins provided too.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Christine Wirth

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Located at a river (nice swim) nice scenery.

Reviewed over 10 years ago