Waitewheta Stream, upstream from Dickey Flat Campsite

Image: DOC


This campsite is located beside the Waitawheta River, known for its trout and some great swimming holes downstream. There is a year-round liquor ban at the campsite.

Campsite overview


  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan


  • Rivers and lakes


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from stream
35 non-powered/tent sites


  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this campsite

Getting there

Leave SH2 at Waikino, via Waitawheta Road southbound over a one-lane bridge, then take Kennedy Road and Dickey Flat Rd. The final approach is unsealed road.

Not suitable for vehicles over 20 m long. 


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1843009, N5852854
Latitude: -37.43926557, Longitude: 175.74677885


  • Adult (18+ years): $8 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $4 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free

Pay cash on arrival at the self-registration stand at the campsite.


The campsite pass for rental campervans can be used at this campsite.

The DOC/NZMCA Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite except between 20 December and the end of Waitangi weekend.

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.



Waitawheta River is known for its trout.


There are some great swimming holes downstream on Waitawheta River.

Walking and tramping

The campsite provides access to a variety of short walks and overnight tramps featuring historic mining and logging remains amongst the regenerating bush.

Know before you go

Fires not permitted at any time.

A permanent year-round liquor ban is in place in Dickey Flat.  Keep liquor away from the site, including in vehicles. 

During heavy rain or a major weather event this campsite may be closed for safety reasons. Please check for alerts at the top of this page.


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