West Bay Campsite

West Bay Campsite



5 Rankers Reviews

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116 Basic Camping

7 St Arnaud




The campsite is open from mid-December to the end of April.


Feature Value Info


South IslandNelson RegionSt Arnaud


  • Basic Camping






Celeste's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic site! Each site is semi-private with trees separations between. The sites are relatively flat and all are close to potable water. The toilet block looks new, is really clean and has flush toilets with running cold water and soap. The showers are cold water only but you can hang up a solar shower bag, they've got a bench with hooks and there's some separation between the "wet" and "dry" areas. There's also a dining shelter with sinks for doing dishes, a bench for sitting at and a stainless steel surface for cooking on, all enclosed with doors that could be shut in bad weather. You need to register either at the Visitors Centre (5 minute drive away) during their opening hours or with the site warden (friendly volunteers who do 1-2 week stints at the site). From the site you are right at the start of several walks and have easy access to the beautiful lake. One of our favourite campsites in NZ so far! Just make sure you have bug spray with you to discourage the sandflies!

Reviewed 4 months ago

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HB's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great little campground, stayed two nights in Late Jan. Each site is in its own little bush patch. Not many with grass but pegged into the dirt ok. Clean toilets and cold showers.

A little confusing on the Rankers listing: this is the West Bay jetty campground, and the West Bay Buller campground is basically the same campground but more like an overflow a few minutes walk down the road and further from the jetty.

Heaps of sandflies but with repellant and ignoring the swarms you get used to it. Good bird life around and eels by the jetty. Stunning scenery.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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GM's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Our first camp site on our road trip - what a find!
Absolutely stunning views over Lake Rotoiti. The sunset was unbelievable. (n.b. you can't camp right next to the lake but you can park up and eat dinner there then drive up to the parking bays to sleep)
Only downside is the number of sandflies - we had to abandon breakfast by the lake and retreat back to the camp in the morning.

Cost (2p, non-powered): $30
Location: Incredible
Facilities: Flush toilets, cold showers (didn't use), shelter for cooking with sinks (but no equipment). All very new/well-maintained.
Value: 8/10
Sandflies: LOTS
X-Factor: Absolutely!
Other: There's a petrol station nearby in St Arnaud but petrol is pretty pricey ($2.50 as of Dec '19). If you need hot showers or cooking facilities, Kerr Bay camp site is very close by.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Jayme's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Amazing view of the mountains and the lake, extremely clean toilets, cost $15each for one night, only down fall is the sandflies are crazy if you don’t have coils

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Pau's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great location from te lake, nice campsite surrounded by the forest.
Basic facilities, no hot water, but if you don’t need it the place worth it.
Close to all the tracks

Reviewed 8 months ago

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