West Bay Campsite

West Bay Campsite


10 Rankers Reviews

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9 St Arnaud


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


Feature Value Info


DOC Nelson/Tasman

Central government organisation


South IslandNelson RegionSt Arnaud


  • Basic Camping


Valg's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

We preferred Kerr Bay out of the two.
However, a nice bush setting with clean toilets and small simple kitchen area for washing dishes. Not so close to the lake and quieter than Kerr Bay.
Still a lovely area.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Tash and Liam

Ranking: 9/10

Gorgeous views with big area site spots , good toilets but only cold showers. Wonderful little walk right beside the camp which was nice to wake up to do. Anne the camp host was super friendly and easy to find, highly recommend this as a must stay.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Danika's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Clean kitchen and drinking water! Clean bathrooms. Clean cold showers. Eels at the dock! Easy to spot. Great campsites feel private.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Liv's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great DOC site with flushing toilets, water and a shelter for cooking. Each site is nice and private with quick easy access to the lake. The views over the lake at sunset are amazing! There are sand flies but they are not as bad as other areas, such as lake Rotoroa.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Clive's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Cool little DOC campsite with well defined plots that are bookable - you can choose the section you want to be in. Toilets are nice and new with cold showers. Water is abundant. Super close to the lake (just across the road) with resident eels under the pier keeping the kids entertained. Little playground. Camp hosts are helpful. All in all a lovely DOC site. Well used so expect pegging to be an issue.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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 about 2 years 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 over 2 years ago

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 over 2 years ago

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 over 2 years ago

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 over 2 years ago

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