For self contained vehicles only. Camp across the road from the river and explore the Kauaeranga Valley on one of the many short walks.


Visitors must call in to or phone the Kauaeranga Visitor Centre to gain access to the campsite .

Campsite overview


  • Campervan


  • Forest


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Phone
  • Powered sites
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible
18 powered sites


  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

Number of powered sites - 18, including 4 sites suitable for large mobile homes/buses. Maximum number of people per site - 6.

This campsite is only for certified self-contained motorhomes with a current Electrical Warrant of Fitness who want power. No other forms of camping are permitted.

Facilities and services

As this campsite is for certified self-contained motorhomes, facilities are limited.

  • Filtered water is available from taps around the campsite.
  • Emergency toilets are located in the visitor centre carpark.
  • Public payphone is located at the visitor Centre.

Getting there

Follow the Kauaeranga Valley Road for 14 km from Thames. The Kahikatea campsite is on the left hand side of the road, opposite Shag Stream Campground and 100 m before the Visitor Centre.


Powered site

  • Adult (18+ years): $11 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $5.50 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free


The campsite pass for rental campervans cannot 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.


Book Kahikatea campsite online or contact the Kauaeranga Visitor Centre.


Walking and tramping

Walks in the Kauaeranga Valley range from easy, 20 minutes walks on well-formed tracks to the overnight Kauaeranga Kauri Trail. 

Know before you go

  • Campsite is for certified self-contained motorhomes who want to use powered sites.
  • Motorhomes must have a current Electrical Warrant of Fitness (WOF) to be presented to visitor centre staff. If you don't have this, you won't be issued with a key to the power supply and no refunds will be given.
  • Tents and caravans are not permitted, but are welcome at other campsites in the Kauaeranga Valley.
  • Nearest shops and petrol stations in Thames.
  • Nearest public dump station at BP - Stuart Moore Motors, 100 Banks Street, Thames, 8 km from the campsite.
  • Limited mobile coverage in Kauaeranga Valley but a public pay phone is available at the visitor centre.
  • No dogs. However, dogs are welcome at Hotoritori campsite and Booms Flat campsite, also in the Kauaeranga Valley.
  • No fires during the fire ban that applies to the entire Coromandel Peninsula.
  • Take all rubbish and black and grey water with you when you leave.

Arrival and departure times

  • Access to the campsite is no earlier than 2 pm and must be vacated by 11 am on day of departure.
  • On arrival, check in at the Kauaeranga Visitor Centre to collect the key to access power at your site.
  • If you are arriving outside visitor centre hours of 8:30 am to 4 pm, contact the staff during office hours on +64 7 867 9080 to arrange key collection.


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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