Fishermans Bend campground

Fishermans Bend campground

Lake Waitaki



3 Rankers Reviews

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118 Basic Camping

4 Omarama


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Registration - O - rama


The Waimate District Council looks after this campsite and for a small fee you can experience the goodness. Please register and pay on arrival - information is on the registration booths.

This is the closest campsite to Aviemore Dam right on the Waitaki River - at the end of Te Akatarawa Road (across the dam from the main Waitaki Valley Road). Heaps of places to call your own, it's quite a maze to find your way around. There are toilet facilities here as well as recycling and water.

This place is extremely popular with the locals, who camp here for the season.


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South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzieOmarama


  • Basic Camping





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John G's avatar

John G

Ranking: 9/10

Plenty space. Great views of dam wall. Black water dump available.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Gill Odell

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Arrived her late afternoon in a howling gale. There is masses of room and we didn't have too much trouble finding a spot for the caravan although shelter from the wind was at a bit of a premium. We didn't use the facilities as we are self contained but know they are pretty basic toilets only. The only slightly fasting thing was the weird booming noise all night from the water spilling over the dam - found it a bit off putting but I'm sure others wouldn't even have noticed it (tended to be reminiscent of quakes to be honest!).
On leaving in the morning we discovered from the DOC Ranger that some ratbags had taken the secured payment box overnight - can't believe we have such lowlifes running around the place!!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Graeme's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

A great spot for fishers. Plenty of parking available beside the lake or a little further back under the tree. Cost $15 per night per site.

Reviewed over 8 years ago