IntroductionThis scenic, riverside campsite is an ideal base for exploring the Valley. A replica kauri dam is a 20 minute walk away.
Topographic map warning
Topo50 maps show tracks that have been permanently closed to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease.
- Rivers and lakes
- Non-powered/tent sites
- Toilets - non-flush
- Water from stream
The Maximum number of people is 50.
This is one of nine campsites beside the Kauaeranga River.
- Adult (18+ years): $10 per night
- Child (5–17 years): $5 per
- Infant (0 - 4 years): free
The DOC Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite.
Campsite Pass bookings must be booked online before occupying a site. If you do not pre-book, bookings may be made by campground staff (if present) and will incur a $10 service charge.
Bookings are open for stays from 22 October 2021 to 30 April 2022.
Bookings for 1 July 2023 – 30 June 2024 will open in 2023. The opening date will be announced on this page in late March 2023.
All bookings operate on a first-come first-served basis. We do not operate waiting lists for bookings for future seasons, or currently booked-out facilities.
Bookings are for a campsite in the Kauaeranga Valley – you can choose to camp at this particular campsite on arrival.
You can book for a maximum of 3 weeks.
A $10 service fee applies to phone and in-person booking. This is a limited service – book online first. An in-person booking is dependent on there being space available.
If you haven't booked and arrive when the visitor centre is shut
If you arrive after hours and wish to stay in one of the nine campgrounds you can pay by cash in the envelope provided at the visitor centre. The envelopes and dropbox are to the right of the main doors.
You can also pay using the online booking system.
Follow the Kauaeranga Valley Road from Thames for 14 km. Shag Stream is 100 m before the Visitor Centre. It is the only campground before the Visitor Centre.
Access: Gravel road.
NZTM2000 coordinates: E1833665, N5888280
Latitude: -37.12268103, Longitude: 175.63013453
A replica kauri dam is a 20 min walk away.