“The transformation of Dickey Flat Campsite near Karangahake in the Coromandel is going really well, improving the way it’s used and perceived by the public”, says Jeff Milham, the Department of Conservation’s Visitor Assets Programme Manager in Tauranga.
Campsite wardens were employed for the first time this year, and new visitor toilets were built. The site has been upgraded from a ‘basic’ to a ‘standard’ campsite, improving it from both a physical and visitor-experience point of view.
Dickey Flat continues to be busy despite the recent move into autumn weather, and DOC is looking forward to an even busier summer next year.
Jeff says that the popularity of Dickey Flat is a credit to the new wardens: “The campsite and facilities are better maintained from day to day and there is much less unruly behaviour, providing for a more family-friendly campsite which is what we hoped to achieve”.
Tent sites are on a first-come, first-served basis at Dickey Flat
Sonja and Robert Scarth of nearby Waitawheta Camp, who are the contracted Wardens at Dickey Flat Campsite, are thanking the public for their support over the summer: “The biggest challenge was the introduction of fees because not all tourists wanted to pay” say Sonja and Robert. “But visitors have mostly been very supportive of the new system, with comments that the camp is much more family-friendly, that the site is lovely and clean, and of course the lovely clean loos! We have enjoyed meeting a diverse group of visitors this year. Families, youth groups, many international visitors and even a stag-do, all enjoying this beautiful spot”.
The next twelve months will see continued minor upgrades to the site, and the Camp Warden presence will continue.