70 Rankers Reviews
223 Basic Camping
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.
North Island ▷ Northland ▷ Dargaville
Number of powered sites - 12. Camp beside a small but beautiful kauri stand.
Number of tent sites - 8. Camp beside a small but beautiful kauri stand.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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
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.
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! :)
Good forest location, approach it fron the south for sealed road rather than gravel road.
$18 pp for power
One free hot shower
Really cool little DOC campsite, good facilities especially powerful showers. Kiwi and kauri forest is fun, entrance right on campsite.
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 😍