Courthouse Flat Campsite

Image: Diana Parr | ©


The scenic drive to the campsite is alongside a historic goldfield. Activities nearby the site include caving, gold fossicking, picnicking, hunting and walking.

Campsite overview


  • Car


  • Forest


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Campfires permitted (except in fire bans)
  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from stream
25 non-powered/tent sites


  • Caving
  • Hunting
  • Picnicking
  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

Fires permitted in designated fire places and only if there is no regional fire ban. Check for fire bans before you light. 

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

Getting there

By car

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.

By foot

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.

Dart Ford on the Wangapeka River warning

Dart Ford
Image: Ivan Rogers | DOC

If you’re planning to cross the Dart Ford by vehicle, identify suitable conditions by checking the 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


  • 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.


DOC/NZMCA campsite passes cannot be used at this campsite.

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.


Activities nearby Courthouse Flat Campsite include caving, gold fossicking, picnicking, hunting and walking.

Know before you go

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.

Check It's Alright


Whakatū / Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
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Nelson 7010
Postal Address:   Private Bag 5
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