Beautiful spot, next to Kauri walk with possibility of seeing Kiwi. We weren't so lucky but we sure heard them! Unfortunately we also heard fellow camper's music, including that of the camp host, a large part of the day! Birdsong is what we wanted to experience.
Don't expect hot showers if you go peak season - with approx 60 campers, hot water runs out pretty quick. I think for $20 a night, drinking water should be possible- you get at some other doc sites.
Also 3 toilets between 60 people cannot cope. They were clean, and miraculously no queues, but backed up on 4th day of our stay, at which point we packed up and left.
Camp host was pleasant and kept everything pretty clean, but I don't get staying in a place to see nature and then imposing a background of pop music on everyone.
TLDR: OK for one night, not for long family holiday. Bring solar showers!
Beautiful spot, possibility to see Kiwi. We were unlucky but we sure heard them! Unfortunately we also heard the camp host's and other's background music a good portion of the day.
Don't expect the much vaunted hot showers in peak season. With approx 60 people onsite, hot water runs out pretty quick. Flush toilets are not a plus either- clean enough but 3 toilets could not cope with 60 visitors and backed up on 3rd day, at which point we left early.
TLDR: OK for a night, not for longer.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kendra Seamus Matilda and Oskar
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!
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.
Great camping!! Really hot shower with high pressure! Pans and tools to cook on the kitchen, plates, mugs. Really quiet place.
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.
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 ):
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.
Nice place. $15 per person, per night in summer. Van places really small.
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.
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.
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.
Great spot! All amenities you need, and clean. Well worth the measly $10 to stay. Forest walk is an added bonus.
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.
Perfect campsite and cheap!!
Sleep with Kiwis in the bush.
Tim De Boer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :-)
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.
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.
María del Carmen Escandell
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.
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.
Great campsite. Basic facilities. Kitchen, flushing toilets, hot showers and powered sites all for $10pp.
Kiwi in the night near the camp.
Good hot showers, especially in winter, the campsite is close to the Kauri tree. $10 per night, per person.
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.
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 $10 per person. Walked through kauri forest at night and heard but didn't see kiwis. Glow worms were lovely.
DOC Trounson Kauri Park - Be still my heart! A hot shower [un-metered] at a DOC site!! Also eight powered spots at no extra cost! Nice kitchen to use as well. The Kauri walk is at the site and is a well-manicured easy walk. What a great place to stay after a long day.
Best doc camping ground we saw during our 2 month trip. 10$pp.
+ Hot shower
+ 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).
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!!
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.
Beautiful place, good hot showers, nice night track, awesome bird sounds too. $12 per person.
Great facilities, fridge, hot showers, very nice kitchen..
Nice and clean, good place for cooking, hot water.
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.
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.
Beautiful little site in the forest. Only $10 with kitchens and hot showers!
Great little DOC site, hot showers, kitchen facilities and Kiwi in the Kauri forest right on your doorstep!
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!
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.
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!
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! :)
Lovely wooded setting and our favourite Top10. Night walks to spot Kiwi etc in nearby forest (weather permitting - ours was cancelled).
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.
Directly in front of the park, kiwi spotting is possible, campsite was scenic.
Daniel & Manuela
Overpriced, recycling/rubbish was overloaded.
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.
tip: take your shower in the evening (or be first in the morning) if you want hot water.
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.
Needed to empty the garbage.
Johanna & Mark
Powered sites. Very quiet. Next to a small nice bushwalk with Kauri trees.
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).
K & J Overton
DOC sites have best locations and mostly excellent facilities.
Christoph & Maria
Clean, well equipped showers (hot) and kitchen, quiet, hidden in the middle of the great forest, unfortunately a lot of mosquitos.
Fantastic piece of nature, so quiet and unbelievable.
Clean facilities, near to the kauris, good equipment in kitchen.
Very well run, in a delightful location with the added bonus of organised night walks in the kiwi reserve.
At night you can walk to the kauri forest. DoC site with hot showers, nice & clean & quiet!
Directly at the Kauri Forest Walk - Super!
$10 per night/person
Small, very clean
Small camping space with a hot shower. The road the the campsite is bumpy, but worth the effort.
Ground full of deep mudruts. Poor kitchen. Toilets and showers need redecorating. Not worth $10 p/p.