Trounson Kauri Park Campground

Trounson Kauri Park Campground

Trounson Kauri Park



72 Rankers Reviews

27 Face-to-Face

226 Basic Camping

7 Dargaville




The Trounson Kauri Park was New Zealand's first 'mainland island', an intensively managed area which helps to protect and restore New Zealand's native flora and fauna from introduced pests. The camping ground is situated right at the edge of the park and a 40min walk gets you right in amongst giant kauri trees.


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Showing 8 reviews of 71.

Layna's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great site. Big kitchen, sinks, fridge/freezer on site toilets and cold showers. Is a DOC campsite, so pay on honor system, was $20/person in an unpowered site, which seemed a bit expensive. Powdered sites available. Close to a great walk through the forest. Looked for kiwis, no luck for us but others did. Glow worms all over. Nice site overall

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Sabine's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great place to stay with a little chance to see Kiwi, fore sure you see many Gloworms by nightwalk. Sorry only "8" because the shower was cold.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Charlie's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

So glad I went down the west coast, and this was a lovely spot.

As others mentioned, some road noise, but not too bad. Facilities (kitchen! Power! Showers! Flush toilets!) really up there for a DOC site. Even had red cellophane to borrow to cover your torches for kiwi spotting... although prior visitors took it all and didn't return it :-(

Confusing info at time re: site price. One sign and DOC website had price as unpowered $15 pp/night, another had price as above, but with minimum occupancy of 2.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Don Strachan

Ranking: 9/10

For a DOC site this excellent. Delightful setting (apart from the logging trucks rolling by now & then). Hot water, fridge, cooking facilities, hot shower & fab forest walk next door. Best DOC site I have been to.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Coco B.

Ranking: 3/10

I don't know why the rankings are so good: no drinking water, facilities were disgusting, nobody around (so why serviced?), in the middle of nowhere and not nice at all. Very expensive for nothing more than a hot shower.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Mike Fricker

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

12 September 2018. Powered site! Great. Good facilities, all things considered. No water in the kitchen in the morning. Due to someone filling their camper water tank? Don’t expect much and be delighted

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Stefano Clerici


Ranking: 10/10

We expected less from a DOC camp but in reality we found hot free showers, powered sites, and an organized kitchen. Close to the toilet you can find the entrance of a park walk, we did it in the dark trying to spot a kiwi without success but we saw a small possum. Cover your lamp with a red plastic or the kiwi will never show.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Teb's avatar


United States

Ranking: 7/10

A decent place to stay. Off season so only three other camper vans there. We were all in powered sites. Only a little off the road so some road noise. Showers and toilets were clean. Hot water! Not much else in the area so you take what you can get! :)

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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