Dickson Park – butterflies, rivers to swim in and good old fashioned camping

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Dickson Park in Thames has always had a special place in my heart – as a child we used to stay here with our parents, my brothers and sisters and cousins – I still can’t quite figure out how so many of us fitted in but somehow we all did.  Some of my best memories are built around swimming in the river, playing in the pool, rolling down the hill or walking through the bush.

And it’s one of those places that has changed but at the same time is exactly as it was some 20 years ago when I used to go there.  One of the things that is new however is the Tropical Butterfly House.

Today James and I decided to head up and explore this tranquil little spot, hidden away just 5 minutes out of Thames.

This tropical paradise is awesome to go and take photos or just wander around and look at all the tropical plants and butterflies.

There are butterflies of every description.  Bright blue butterflies, orange, white – all with beautiful designs and happy to pose for pictures.

Dickson Park & Butterfly house

At just $12 entry its a good little stop off for the night or if you are planning on staying longer then check into Dickson’s Park Holiday Park for a spot of kiwi camping the way it used to be.

You can find out more about Dickson Holiday Park here.



Cat is one half of Getting Lost. She met James (the other half of Getting Lost) when she was 12 when she was camping over summer holidays. They were best friends for 25 years before finally getting together and now they live together with her 2 daughters and his daughter. Getting Lost is their story of the amazing spots they discover around this beautiful country of ours - both together and with the kids, as well as how they are making their way through blended family life. They would love it if you would join them for the ride.

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