South Island ▷ Southland ▷ Waikawa
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Great for Campervans for incredible beach views. It was extremely windy so the sea was dramatic, but no penguins or dolphins. Many sites are surrounded by flax to shelter them which makes them private but no views and too enclosed for us. The new cafe and toilets were great. The older toilets, showers and kitchen were basic and clean. I suppose it was expensive($18pp I think) , but we felt well worth it for the location.
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Just amazing to see wild life there.
Blue and yellow eyed pinguins.
Also hector dolphins . If you lucky you can swim with them in the bay.
Nice people and owner.
Kitchen, showers okay.
Wifi sometimes not so fast.
Only be aware off local youth that stay on the campsite. The don't care about tourist and make a lot of loud music and they get drunk.
We changed our campervan to another place for that problem. Glad that the man in charge gives us a bétter spot with quite people around us.
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Positif : Nous avons bien été accueillis mon copain et moi. Il y avait un large choix de places entourées de végétation donc à l'abri du regard des voisins. Nous avons pu camper juste en face de la baie donc vue magnifique. La réception fait aussi office de café où nous avons été pour boire quelque chose de chaud et grignoter un muffin. On peut observer les arbres fossilisés et se balader dans une magnifique forêt juste en face. Nous avons payé 30 dollars pour deux personnes.
Négatif : les douches sont payantes, 1 dollar pour seulement 5 minutes d'eau chaude. Sachant que contrairement à d'autres campings où il faut ouvrir l'eau pour que le minuteur démarre, dans ce camping dès que l'on met la pièce dans la boîte le compte à rebours débute. Sauf que la boîte est à l'extérieur des douches et donc nous sommes encore habillés en grande partie à ce moment. Le temps de tout enlever, il ne reste que 4 minutes. Il n'y a pas de savon dans les toilettes des filles pour se laver les mains. Les douches étaient sales. Il n'y a pas de poubelle pour le recyclage.
Bon camping dans l'ensemble avec un bon tarif.
It's an amazing location for sure. The facilities seemed good but the shower system is odd - the countdown starts as soon as you put the coins in - would have been good to know given that 8 year old and I were fully dressed in warm layers - wasted a few minutes getting undressed. It was unexpected given that the coin slot is outside of the shower cubicle, so you would really have to completely strip, then go out of the cubicle to start the shower.
Internet not on the campsite, access maybe in kitchen, but full of people, no place. Later very slow. Only three showers. Most tent sites are not flat. No numbers - please search a place, but where? Public picnic place on the camp - road through the camp. Not so good for 2 person $30 per day and $1 for shower. No recommendation.
Fantastic location on a headland between curio bay and penguin bay. Great for seeing the penguins and the dolphins, but.....
The site was very busy, wouldn’t take bookings over the phone as it was first come first served. We were lucky to find a spot on the camp field but another couple arrived and paid for a powered pitch but then couldn’t find one as they were all taken - not good.
Also the toilets and showers suffered from excess numbers and were a swamp by 7pm and impossible to get into in the morning. The kitchen also suffered from overuse. Overall the location deserves a 10 but the facilities lose it marks so only a 6 from us, which is a shame.
UK 50-something couple
Very busy, with very cramped pitches, tightly hedged in by the flax. With a 7.5m campervan we booked for a powered site but were unable to find anything that would fit, despite being told there were a number to choose from. The best we could find was on quite a slope and the power outlets for the odd pitch we could find were poorly sited, requiring some long runs across areas where vehicles had to drive. This site is in a beautiful location but we ended up driving on elsewhere.
Amazing location and isolated. We rang ahead and what we thought was a booking. On arrival we we told to look at 3 spots to put our van as there were a few available. This wasn’t the case, all sites suggested were taken so it’s a bit of a first come first served and the management aren’t really sure who is where. Showers were very grubby by the end of the day and not sure if they were even cleaned over night. Park showers are $1 and you have 5 mins but do take longer than 2 minutes to heat up if they haven’t been run. Kitchen/laundry was a decent set up. There are other showers in the old section for $2 open to public. Wifi didn’t work for us. Jurassic fossils, penguins and dolphins were fab.