DOC Campsite beside the Tairua River, Broken Hills, Puketui Valley

Image: Shellie Evans | ©


The Broken Hills Campsite is located beside the Tairua River among native bush. This is a scenic campsite in the Coromandel region.


Topographic map warning

Topo50 maps show tracks that have been permanently closed to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease.

Campsite overview


  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan


  • Forest
  • Rivers and lakes


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
45 non-powered/tent sites


  • Fishing
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Swimming

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

Camp beside the Tairua River and explore the old gold mining area around the steep cliffs. Maximum number of people - 200.


  • Toilets and a rubbish collection area.
  • A camp manager services the campsite during summer.

Getting there

The Broken Hills Campsite near the end of Puketui Valley Road is located beside the Tairua River amongst native bush. Hikaui/Puketui Road, 4 km off SH 25.

Turn off SH 25 at Hikuai opposite the Pauanui turnoff. Follow Puketui Valley Road to end.

Make sure you access the campsite by the Puketui Valley Road entrance: The two entrance roads – Puketui Valley Road and Puketui Road – to Broken Hills don't connect and a stream crossing is required between them.

Access: Gravel road.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1843327, N5889933
Latitude: -37.1054751, Longitude: 175.73845024


  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $7.50 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free

The DOC/NZMCA Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite except between the Friday before Christmas and the end of Waitangi weekend. In 2020/2021, this is 18 December 2020 to 9 February 2021.

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.


Swimming, canoeing and trout fishing nearby.

Know before you go

  • Fires are not permitted in the Broken Hills area and campsite.
  • Charcoal burners are not permitted.
  • Only gas or spirit burners can be used for cooking.
  • Dogs and all other domestic animals are strictly prohibited.
  • Toilets available at campsite. Pit toilets are not allowed.
  • Certified, selfcontained campervan owners may use their own chemical toilet.
  • Mobile coverage is limited.
  • Be considerate to other campers and keep noise levels down.
  • Camping outside designated areas is not permitted.
  • Water taken directly from the river or streams should be boiled or treated before drinking to reduce the risk of infection.


Kauaeranga Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 867 9080
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   995C Kauaeranga Valley Road
Thames 3577
Postal Address:   PO Box 343
Thames 3540
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