Motorhome Camping Options - Section C


Motorhome camping is a great option for those with a love of road trips, together with the comfort of having your own self-contained space. With more than a dozen motorhome camping options available across the Trail Network, there's every reason to visit the region and spend time exploring the Hauraki Rail Trail. Visitors can find a combination of holiday parks, New Zealand Motor Caravan Association Parks, NZMCA Park Over Property (POP) Parks, and Freedom Camping locations. We've collated all of the options by Section, which also list our Top 5 things to see and do. You can find all of the motorhome camping options here


Where can I camp on Section C?

Paeroa - Waihi: 24 kms (6 - 8 hours Return)


Goldfields Railway Station - Waihi

If you need a place to park your camper or motorhome while you enjoy the activities and attractions of Waihi, powered and non-powered sites are available at 38 Wrigley St, Waihi. All income from the campground goes towards helping to maintain the rail heritage site. The ground has access to toilets and running water, with motorhomes, cars, campervans and caravans welcome.


Dickey Flat Campsite

This campsite is located in Karangahake Gorge, beside the Waitawheta River, known for its trout and some great swimming holes downstream. Caravans, campervans and motorhomes less than 11 m long are able to set up in the carpark, near the walk in area to the campsite. 


Waihi Camp & Cabins

Located just 5 minutes from Waihi town centre, set in a relaxing rural setting on the banks of the Waitete stream, Waihi Camp & Cabins offers plenty of space to walk and explore in a family-focused campground.

A variety of accommodation options includes rustic log cabins, family units, standard cabins as well as backpacker rooms (catering for larger families or biking/hiking groups). Powered and non-powered sites are available.

The camp is only a short walk or bike ride to Waihi town centre, the Hauraki Rail Trail, and local cafes and restaurants.

Enjoy a refreshing dip in the swimming pool after a day on the Trail, relax in tranquil surroundings, or head out to explore everything Waihi and Waihi Beach has to offer visitors. Lock up bike storage is also available for guests. 

Visitors might wish to extend their stay and explore nearby Waihi Beach. The pretty coastal town has some of the best walking and cycle tracks, and sought after boutique shopping and dining. 


New Zealand Motor Caravan Association - Waihi Beach

The Waihi Beach NZMCA Motorhome Park is located at 103 Emerton Road, Waihi Beach.  The Park has a 50 Motorhome Capacity, and the Member Site ID is 2392.


Where else can I park my motorhome along Section C of the Hauraki Rail Trail?

Freedom Camping sites are available across the Trail Network within the three District Councils.


Hauraki District Council

Railway Reserve Paeroa

The site is located on Marshall Street, Paeroa. A dump station is available at the site which incurs a fee. A facilities fee of $5 per vehicle per night is charged, which must be prepaid at the Caltex service station in Belmont Road.

Hauraki District Council office carpark, Paeroa

The carpark is located on Marshall Street, Paeroa. The carpark is only to be used between the hours of 6pm Friday and 7pm Sunday evening. Power is not available.

Hauraki District Council carpark, Waihi

The carpark is off Mueller Street and Haszard Street. Freedom camping is restricted to designated carparks. Power is not available.

Morgan Park carpark, Waihi

Freedom camping is restricted to the carpark off Kenny Street and limited to designated carparks. Freedom camping is restricted to self-contained vehicles holding and displaying current NZS 5465-2001 certification. Power is not available.


Our Top 5 Things to See & Do


1  Owharoa Falls - nestled in the heart of the Gorge, the Falls make an ideal picnic spot while riding the Trail. If it’s warm enough cool off with a swim in the crystal-clear fresh water.

2  Falls Retreat - this stunning venue offers award winning dining and boutique accommodation options. Book ahead to enjoy Social Pizza Nights, Paddock to Plate 4-course degustation, or Sunday lunch. 

3  Goldfields Railway - operating a daily timetable between Waihi and Waikino, riders can take their bike on the vintage train for the 30 minute journey.

4  Windows Walk - starting from the Karangahake Gorge carpark it's about an hour round trip. Along the track visitors can observe relics of the many processes that took place in extracting gold. 

5  Waihi Gold Discovery Centre & Martha Mine - a fun and interactive experience which makes the gold heritage come alive. Wander across the street to view the Martha Mine, and take the tour to experience a modern working gold mine in action.