75 Rankers Reviews
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
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Steph and Denise
Beautiful place we had the whole camp grounds to ourselves for the night very peaceful. The walking track through the bush was lovey trees where impressive, Didn't see any kiwis but did hear a male calling in the distance. Facilities where great, clean and tidy and nice hot shower after a cold rainy day. Great place to stop on the way up to Waipoua forest.
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.
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 😍