Wainora Campsite

Wainora Campsite


5 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

8 Thames


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  • Wainora campsite closed in May

    Wainora camp will be closed for the month of May for maintenance.

    First published on 2 March 2022.
  • No heavy vehicles past Hotoritori Campsite

    No heavy vehicles over 6,000 kg (class 2) can travel beyond Hotoritori Campsite due to road damage.

    This is a long term alert. 

    First published on 20 November 2020. Last reviewed on 12 April 2022.


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DOC Coromandel

Central government organisation


North IslandCoromandelThames


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Verena Fendt's avatar

Verena Fendt

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful quiet spot in beautiful surroundings. Clean toilets. Rubbish bins available. The Kauri Walk which directly starts at the end of the site is highly recommended!!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Denise Farr

Ranking: 9/10

A lovely campsite setting with grassed areas amongst the trees. Rubbish bins on site. Stream close by but there is a great swimming hole down the road five kms at Hoffmans Pool. Several hiking options right from the campsite including the well graded track to the Cookson Kauri. Only a few other campers the two nights we stayed in February.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Jennifer Garner

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Bush valley location - only us plus 2 others, quiet and peaceful. $20 for the night. Left our motorhome on the campsite when we did our walk.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Jordan and Marielle


Ranking: 10/10

Nice and quiet place in the forest near the river with enough space. Don't bother the gravel road because it is really worth it. Beside our place there was a short path to the river. There is only a toilet, no shower and it cost 10 NZD p.p. You can get information about nearby trackings and the weather forecast at the visitor centre, which you pass on the way to the camping ground. We did a nice tracking (billy goat circuit) for roundabout 4 hours. The track was indicated as easy but you need to climb a lot. Nevertheless it was a beautiful track in the surrounding hills and the forest. Bear in mind that you have no cell phone connection in this area.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Erin Decker

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful, peaceful campground in the native bush. Bird calls, trees and ferns abound! If you are looking for a nice day hike/walk to see some kauri trees, this is a great launching point. The Cookson Kauri Walk begins at Wainora Campground. The drive is quite far from Thames and from the Kauaeranga Valley Visitors' Center, but well worth it.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

DOC Managed

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 😍

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Cymen Crick