DOC Trounson Kauri Park
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#4 of 8 campsites in Dargaville
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Dennis517 wrote a review May 2019
Frankfurt, Germany
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Bewertung für den Campingplatz (Powered Site)
Sehr netter Campingplatz mit direktem Zugang zum Trounson Kauri Park.
Es ist eine richtige Küche vorhanden. Die sanitären Anlagen sind sehr einfach und geht-so-sauber.
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Georges B wrote a review Nov 2014
Kontich, Belgium
5.0 of 5 bubbles
we did not stay at the DOC site, yet we walked the - mostly board - walk through Trounson Kauri Park.
This is overwhelming. Just as mentioned in a previous review, here you get all information you're looking for, information that is lacking on the othe Waipoua Forest walks. And I don't wanna talk about the "visitor centre" as to me that is merely a cafe and a shop, where people even aren't talking to the visitors!
If you want to experience these masters of the wood, then surely opt for Trounson Kauri Park. The southern access way is fully sealed, the northern one is gravel road, yet: who omits non-sealed roads in New Zealand will miss out more than 80 % of beautiful nature. Drive slower, pay attention on the road, and you'll get there safely.
Count on 1 to 2 hours do stroll along the walke. Read the information you find along the path. Listen to the recorded messages here and there available. And most important: take your time to look around and to listen to the forest.
Trounson Kauri park is a treasure that every New Zealand visitor should enjoy at ease!
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Date of stay: November 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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fbdaz wrote a review Mar 2014
Seattle
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is about the actual Trounson Kauri Park, and not the associated DOC campground or holiday park.

This provides the sort of information about the Kauri trees and the ecology of the Kauri forest that is so sadly lacking at Waipoua Forest (or its "visitor center". There is a superb loop walk in this smallish "mainland island;' (i.e., area kept more-or-less predator-free to aid survival of native bird and plant life), with lots of interpretive signage. You could do it in a half hour, but taking an hour or two is much preferable. A wonderfully peaceful and beautiful place.

Sizable car park. Toilets.

If coming from the north, there are two signed access roads. The first encountered is rough (saves distance but probably not time if headed to Dargaville). The second is a fine sealed (paved) road.
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Date of stay: March 2014Trip type: Travelled with friends
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bobbitybob2017 wrote a review Jan 2020
Otago Region, New Zealand
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We were disappointed after booking online this spot. We expected to get priority. There was No manager onsite. So we turned up, and just literally parked in a powered site in the "driveway". Should we as "prioritised campers" have asked some of the ones that were set up to move on (?)... No, we could not do that, that is what the manager should be there for. The grounds were FULL with other campers, and motor-homers. We did not know that we could actually park on the grassed area, by entering another a closed gate. This should have been sign posted better. The area is lovely, and the walking tracks are very well maintained. We enjoyed a nice walk in the bush, but did not see or hear the kiwi, and morepork. As we were self contained we did not use the toilets and showers.
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Date of stay: December 2019
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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stevethomasmartin wrote a review Sept 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here on the first night of our Campervan holiday around northland. Based on what we paid elsewhere it was over priced. Was $69 for a family of 4 which is in line with actual proper serviced Campervan sites we used.
Would be a great place later in spring and summer. We had the ace to ourselves. Having the Kauri walk right there and the potential to see kiwi is a big bonus. The morning birdsong was awesome.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Billton wrote a review Jan 2014
Sydney, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Trounson Kauri Park is a large conservation "Island" surrounded by agricultural land. The park has an excellent boardwalk experience through a Kauri forest. The forest is consider " younger" that the Waipoua Kauri Forest but is still very old in human terms.

The main access road is sealed and there is good parking area at the site. The circular boardwalk track is well maintained and there are interpretive visual and audio markers along it, plus place to just sit and soak up the forest ambience.

There is also an interpretive pavilion near the start of the track which fills in the story about the creation of the park.

Note that while the address is often shown as Dargaville, the park is actually quite a way North of Dargaville on SH12.

We greatly enjoyed the Trounson experience!
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Date of stay: January 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ACG wrote a review Dec 2018
Brisbane, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are freedom camping around the Northlands area do stop by here. It was hands down our favourite spot to stop when we were looking for facilities outside our motorhome. We didn't know it at the time (our second stop) but this one is worth including in your trip particularly for the great showers and immediate access to the Kauri forest walking track. Bunnies in the grounds (yes a pest I know but shhh don't tell my daughter!). A great spot to stop.
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Date of stay: December 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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rthomp4435 wrote a review Jul 2017
London, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Finding a dry(ish) spot to pitch my tent was the only challenge, there was certainly plenty of room with only one other tent on site.

I didn't use the communal kitchen but it looked to have the essentials to be able to prepare a meal.

The toilets, and popular shower, were clean.

I thoroughly enjoyed walking through the beautiful Kauri forest, adjacent to the campground, with it's well maintained walkway and signage.
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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tobecontinent wrote a review Mar 2017
Warsaw, Poland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The campsite is basic but with a kitchen, hot showers and flashed toilets. We paid 15$ per person for unpowered site. You need to do a self check-in. There is no reception. It is located on a way to Waipoua Forest.

The campsite is perfect if you want to look for wild kiwi. There is an entrance to the Trounson Kauri Park straight from the campsite. The loop is less than 2 km. The walk is easy. Please remember to take a red-light torch (normal torch can hurt kiwi's eyes).

We went for a walk just after midnight and were lucky to see one :) Good luck as well!
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Date of stay: December 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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CarlEdinburgh wrote a review Apr 2016
Sydney, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is the most well equipped DOC site that we've stayed at in New Zealand and it was a great place to stop on the way up the west coast. For just $10 per person you get all of the facilities that you get in a normal campsite, although they are not very modern. There is also space for about 10 campervans in powered sites but it's first come first serve so get there early.
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Date of stay: March 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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