Butchers Flat campsite | Wakamarina Track, Mt Richmond Forest Park

Butchers Flat campsite is at the road end, 15 km up the Wakamarina Valley, turn off Highway at the Trout Hotel in Canvastown, halfway between Havelock and Pelorus Bridge. The last section is narrow and unsealed. There is a shallow ford to cross.

This was in the heart of the gold mining area, one of New Zealand’s richest fields, but the gold was mostly gone by 1884. It’s an almost flat site with a short walk down to the attractive Wakamarina River, with a pleasant swimming hole in summer.

The campground has a very steep cliff edge on the west side that may make it unsuitable for young children.

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category . . . standard DOC campsite

camping fee . . . $8 adults, $4 5—17, self-registration

elevation . . . 290 m

facilities . . . a few picnic tables, no fires allowed, dogs allowed with a permit, must be leashed

campsites . . . 20 non-powered sites

water . . . Tap on rainwater tank at toilet structure

toilet . . . 1 x longdrop

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