Trounson Kauri Park Campground

Trounson Kauri Park Campground

Trounson Kauri Park

Reviews

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Charlie

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 8 months 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 9 months 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 12 months 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 1 year ago

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Stefano Clerici

Italy

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 1 year ago

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Teb

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 1 year ago

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Nancy

Ranking: 6/10

Good forest location, approach it fron the south for sealed road rather than gravel road.
$18 pp for power
One free hot shower
Kitchen area

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Dominic Gould

Ranking: 8/10

Really cool little DOC campsite, good facilities especially powerful showers. Kiwi and kauri forest is fun, entrance right on campsite.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Kendra Seamus Matilda and Oskar

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Brilliant site! Our favourite so far! Excellent kitchen with power!!! Clean toilets and showers. Great walks and we saw kiwi, kauri snails and glow worms. Great place for kids to run and explore. Safe and quiet. Do not miss out on this experience!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Viola Cube

Ranking: 7/10

Doc campsite with power

We've never been at a DOC campsite with power, hot showers and a kitchen so that's very positive. Nevertheless, quite expensive if compared to normal campgrounds. It's more a carpark than a campground but the cheapest you can get in that area. Would stay there again.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Eugenie Desforges

Ranking: 9/10

Great camping!! Really hot shower with high pressure! Pans and tools to cook on the kitchen, plates, mugs. Really quiet place.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Kathrina Handschuh

Ranking: 10/10

Nice little campsite with hot shower, kitchen and a nice Kauri Track. Unfortunately we didn't see kiwis. So quiet at night. Be careful from which direction you arrive. We had 40 km of gravel road. $15 per person.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Haley Everitt

Ranking: 9/10

Hot showers with great water pressure! Make sure to bring a red light or some sort of red plastic to put over a flashlight, otherwise you won't get to see any kiwis ):

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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John Smith

Ranking: 8/10

Small camping area for vehicles (including power), medium sized grass area for tents, decent looking kitchen, 2 very hot showers with strong water pressure, OK bathrooms, good location near Tane Mahuta and for travelling north of Auckland. Has nice, easy 40-minute Kauri track on site.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Maxine Fallot

Ranking: 7/10

Nice place. $15 per person, per night in summer. Van places really small.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Diandra Buesen

Ranking: 8/10

The campsite was really nice and really busy at the time we got there, but we got a space. Unfortunately the showers were cold even though they meant to be hot like the description said. But all in all it was a nice stay and the 45 minute walk in the National Park there was pretty nice.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Michelle Smit

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

A very surprising DOC site with power, hot showers and a camp kitchen for $10pp pn. Sites are organised gravel (a surprising bonus for us in the motorhome after we had a bogging experience at a previous spot). The bonus is the excellent 40 minute walk through the kauri forest. Many people wrote in the visitors book that they had seen a kiwi, but we weren't so lucky, despite 2 forays into the bush in the dark. Only half the sites are big enough for large motorhomes, so could be tricky if its busy. We stayed 2 nights and was quite busy both nights even though it was winter.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Gordon Lee

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Bush camp with power sites, showers, flushing toilets & camp kitchen. Nice area to camp with small bush walk including stands of Kauri. Protected area for kiwis as well, with brown kiwis inhabiting the bush.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Sean Stevens

Ranking: 10/10

Great spot! All amenities you need, and clean. Well worth the measly $10 to stay. Forest walk is an added bonus.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Bill Milburn

Ranking: 5/10

Compared to the other DOC sites we've been to, very disappointing. Toilets and shower were unusable, absolutely disgusting. Kitchen very basic, but it was a cheap site with power. The sites were not big enough for 8m vans, so we took up 2 spaces, not a problem as it was empty and it was just a stopover.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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mathieu boustie

France

Ranking: 9/10

Perfect campsite and cheap!!
Sleep with Kiwis in the bush.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Tim De Boer

Ranking: 7/10

Basic facilities but everything is there and it is cheap. Nice location to see kiwi but it was a bit to busy in the forest so we only heard them.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Sebastian

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Nice spot. The nearby Kauri forest is amazing. Go there by night and you will hear the Kiwis. Bring a torch, if possible with red light filter.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Mabel Vanasperen

Ranking: 7/10

Good facilities; hot showers and even a nice kitchen. But small and very crowded; especially when coming from the north it is a long way over a dirt road just to see the site is full. Also some people stayed up late with music (not live) and beer and loud talk.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Michelle Rushton

Ranking: 8/10

Good value for money. Loved being so close to Kauri trees. Most people were there for one night, we stayed 3 and did day trips elsewhere from there. Right on gravel road but quiet.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Andrew Watts

Ranking: 10/10

Great little camp site. Saw wild Kiwi on night walk. Kitchen fridge and HOT SHOWER FOR FREE! We're going back soon when we travel north :-)

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Sarah Gurney

Ranking: 8/10

Good cheap campsite ($10 per person for a powered site). The facilities are nothing fancy but the showers were hot which was lovely in the morning. The site itself was fine - gravel pitches for the vans and a good sized field for tents. The star attraction was definitely the beautiful woodland beside the campsite. We went kiwi spotting at night and whilst we didn't see any it was a truly magical experience.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Lionel C.

France

Ranking: 8/10

Two hot showers in a DOC campground! Toilets are not the cleanest, many stoves in the kitchen. One of the busiest campground in our end-of-winter three weeks trip (lots of Germans for whatever reason), everyone friendly. A bit of driving to get there.

Did the (a bit scary at first) night walk but didn't see any kiwis, learned after they are afraid of regular flashlights, oh well.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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María del Carmen Escandell

Spain

Ranking: 9/10

Nice campground located by a kauri forest walk. Didn't use the facilities. If coming from the north and you don't mind driving on a gravel road you can take the first signposted turn on the left or you can go on and take the second one. We were in a large motorhome and drove on the gravel road on a rainy day. It was a bit tricky as there were road works going on but was not very difficult. 2 adults & 2 children (7 and 3 years old) in a powered site. Stayed in July.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Christine Slowiak

Ranking: 9/10

This place was our complete site, with moderately clean facilities of multiple stove top burners, water kettle, small refrigerator/freezer, picnic area, hot showers and flushing toilets. Lots of grassy and gravel parking spaces for cars and campervans. This site is backed by a great Kauri forest with a 40 minute loop hiking trail, with informative signs and two audio posts, each with a 2 minute poetic talk about the nature reserve. Treat this site like an island, as the Kauri trees grow old and strong, but susceptible to fungal spores and miscellaneous tracked in rubbish. Take care in cleaning your shoes and camping gear before and after enjoying the park, as well as packing out your garbage and recyclables. This was the only camp site we stayed at for two nights. It did become quite crowded by the second night and hot water ran out. Honesty box of $6 per person per night. Stayed June 2015.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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E Kane

Ranking: 8/10

Great campsite. Basic facilities. Kitchen, flushing toilets, hot showers and powered sites all for $10pp.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Christoph

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Kiwi in the night near the camp.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Celia Nowak

France

Ranking: 10/10

Good hot showers, especially in winter, the campsite is close to the Kauri tree. $10 per night, per person.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Sara Gonzalez

Ranking: 9/10

Incredible place, next to the forest and with the opportunity of seeing kiwi birds. The camping its powered and have a kitchen, rare in other doc camps of the doc.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Mike Merrick

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Much better to approach this site from the south as road is sealed all the way. Approach from north is not easy to follow and is a very long way on unsealed roads! So if you come from the north, wait for the second turning marked Trounson Kauri Park. Site is very small and peaceful. Has powered sites for campervans but these are small and all on gravel! Hot showers and basic kitchen make it very good value at $10 per person. Walked through kauri forest at night and heard but didn't see kiwis. Glow worms were lovely.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Heather Kingston

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

DOC Trounson Kauri Park - Be still my heart! A hot shower [un-metered] at a DOC site!! Also eight powered spots at no extra cost! Nice kitchen to use as well. The Kauri walk is at the site and is a well-manicured easy walk. What a great place to stay after a long day.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Alexis Leneveu

Ranking: 10/10

Best doc camping ground we saw during our 2 month trip. 10$pp.
+ Hot shower
+ Kitchen
+ Flush toilet
+ power unit
- absolutely nothing
We did saw 2 kiwis, a eels and a weta in the park at night, just awesome. (Our tip: take your time and avoid large groups. We were the first one to go in the park and the last one to leave).

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Thomas Dequidt

France

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent DOC campground. For just $20 per person, you have got a kitchen, hot showers and plenty of space to park. It is also situated near a forest where you can spot a kiwi at night. Just great!!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Elise Boinnot

Ranking: 9/10

For $10 per person you have a hot shower, a kitchen with a fridge and even powered sites! Everything was clean. You are also very close to the Kauri Forest where you can try your luck at night and spot a kiwi.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Sara Berton

Spain

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful place, good hot showers, nice night track, awesome bird sounds too. $12 per person.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Harel Cliad

Israel

Ranking: 10/10

Great facilities, fridge, hot showers, very nice kitchen..

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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nimrod yaron

Israel

Ranking: 10/10

Nice and clean, good place for cooking, hot water.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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kiwifamily2

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived at this camping ground - it had a kitchen, power, flat sites and hot showers! And there was a beautiful bush walk to go on right next to our tent. The only down side was it was raining which meant we weren't able to see any kiwi.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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David Wood

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

The campground is very basic. Toilets were a good distance from our campsite. Showers were also very basic but did have hot water and were free. The gem of this campground is the adjacent Kauri forest which was amazing and awe inspiring. Payment is by the honor system.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Sebastian Russell-Smits

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful little site in the forest. Only $10 with kitchens and hot showers!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Sarah Horn

England

Ranking: 10/10

Great little DOC site, hot showers, kitchen facilities and Kiwi in the Kauri forest right on your doorstep!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Team Kim&James

England

Ranking: 10/10

One of our favourite camp sites! The location was amazing - you are metres away from lush native kauri forest, the air is full of birdsong. We did go out into the forest after sunset to try our luck at kiwi spotting but to no avail! Was a great experience all of the same. Great base to explore the park from.

$10pp for a powered site, with clean hot showers (at no extra cost) and good cooking facilities and clean toilets. All well maintained. Great value!

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Shantell Hunter

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

Nice little spot despite only being a parking lot for campers and caravans. Kitchen has most appliances. The bush walk was pleasant. A little pricy for outdated facilities, $20/night for 2 adults.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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lisa taylor

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Nice surrounding woods
Basic facilities but has kitchen and hot water showers.
And the good chance to see kiwis! although we only heard them snuffling around!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Loesje

Belgium

Ranking: 7/10

Campground facilities are pretty old and dirty, but still... all you need is there.
It is right at the start of a 40min kauri walk and great chance to see kiwi's in the wild (when it is dark).
We went around 9pm and saw one after only 5min.
Good luck! :)

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Darren Abbott

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely wooded setting and our favourite Top10. Night walks to spot Kiwi etc in nearby forest (weather permitting - ours was cancelled).

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Roshnie

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

This place was great next to the park. You can walk right in the park where the kiwi are. Warm showers and kitchen. Not a lot of places, so you need to come early.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Danielle

Austria

Ranking: 7/10

Directly in front of the park, kiwi spotting is possible, campsite was scenic.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Daniel & Manuela

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Overpriced, recycling/rubbish was overloaded.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Boule_de_gomme

France

Ranking: 10/10

Small campsite but quite crowded after 7PM. The road from north is gravel for 10km.

Free hot showers, nice kitchen with gas cookers, fridge/freezer, boiler and charging station.

We spotted a kiwi next to the campsite around 10pm. Just bring a flashlight and be quiet (and patient). You can also spot big eels, wetas and possums.

10$ pp.

tip: take your shower in the evening (or be first in the morning) if you want hot water.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Mike1952

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Must be the only DOC site in New Zealand which offers powered sites. Very nice walk through Kauri forest. We spotted a kiwi just outside the campsite. Also lots of glow worms if you do the trail at night.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Lotte Foged

Denmark

Ranking: 7/10

Needed to empty the garbage.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Johanna & Mark

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Powered sites. Very quiet. Next to a small nice bushwalk with Kauri trees.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Oliver Berg

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Very 'basic' camping for a serviced DOC campsite, compared with a Top 10 campsite. But worth the money. Best thing: At one corner of the campsite there's a direct access to a walkway though Kauri forest (~1 hour).

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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K & J Overton

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

DOC sites have best locations and mostly excellent facilities.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Christoph & Maria

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Clean, well equipped showers (hot) and kitchen, quiet, hidden in the middle of the great forest, unfortunately a lot of mosquitos.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Omar Candon

Ireland

Ranking: 8/10

Fantastic piece of nature, so quiet and unbelievable.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Heike Toepelt

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Clean facilities, near to the kauris, good equipment in kitchen.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Liz Dolman

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Very well run, in a delightful location with the added bonus of organised night walks in the kiwi reserve.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Mieke Knoops

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

At night you can walk to the kauri forest. DoC site with hot showers, nice & clean & quiet!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Josy

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Directly at the Kauri Forest Walk - Super!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Ines Diana

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

$10 per night/person
Small, very clean

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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carolineder

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Small camping space with a hot shower. The road the the campsite is bumpy, but worth the effort.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in December 2009

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billdee

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Ground full of deep mudruts. Poor kitchen. Toilets and showers need redecorating. Not worth $10 p/p.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in August 2009