IntroductionThe scenic drive to the campsite is alongside a historic goldfield. Activities nearby the site include caving, picnicking, hunting and walking.
- Fire pit/place for campfires (except in fire bans)
- Non-powered/tent sites
- Toilets - non-flush
- Water from stream
- Walking and tramping
Fires permitted in designated fire places and only if there is no fire ban. Check rules and fire bans before you light.
Payment with a DOC Campsite Pass is preferred. Otherwise, pay your fees with cash at the self-registration stand at the campsite or to the camp warden if present. Put the correct fee in the envelope provided and place the receipt section of the envelope on your vehicle or tent.
- Adult (18+ years): $10 per night
- Child (5–17 years): $5 per night
- Infant (0–4 years): free
The DOC Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite.
Turn off SH 61 at Tapawera. Follow Rd to Bushend Rd then Wangapeka River Rd to end.
Gravel road not suitable for caravans and campervans. The Dart River ford crossing can be impassable after heavy rain.
Courthouse Flat Campsite used to have walking access via swing bridge, however the bridge washed away in June 2014, and is yet to be replaced.
Caution required on Dart River Ford on the Wangapeka River
Image: Ivan Rogers | DOC
If you’re planning to cross the Dart Ford by vehicle, identify suitable conditions first.
Due to ongoing gravel migration filling the ford, the river is flowing over the ford even at low water levels. The ford may be impassable after heavy rain.
Check river flow for Wangapeka at Walter Peak on the Tasman District Council website before you set off.
As a guide, if the flow indicated on the graph exceeds 40 cumecs then it is not advisable to cross. However, the river may still be unsafe to cross because:
- the flow shown on the website can be inaccurate, or
- the Dart River may be flowing higher than the Wangapeka indicates, or
- the culverts under the ford may be choked with gravel.
So you must re-assess the flow conditions once you arrive in terms of your vehicle and driving skill level. Don’t forget to check the weather forecast for your return trip too.
NZTM2000 coordinates: E1563825, N5409209
Latitude: -41.46789928, Longitude: 172.56678759
Take repellant for ferocious sand flies.
Fires are only permitted in the formal fireplaces.
Note: a total fire ban may be imposed during dry conditions.
Activities nearby Courthouse Flat Campsite include caving, picnicking, hunting and walking.