We were attracted to this place because of high ratings of Last Light Lodge. Yes it's a nice place with very hospitable staff, but that alone may not warrant a 8, 9 or even 10 stars. We gave it 7 out of 10 and that is not a bad score, because 'you can't just provide the "pro' s" without the "con's". A couple of positives are already above. Here are some more. The food from the home grow produces in the cafe is original and good. We also were lucky to be entertainment by local musicians while dining. No the flip side of the coin... The bathroom is shared between male and female and I noticed a mum wating for her teenage daughter. She felt uncomfortable as a guy had a shave in the same room. Mmmm not so good. The shower required $2 but then you have to figure out hou to get through it in 3 minutes. My expectation is when paying for a serviced side you don't want the stress to rush trough the most relaxing activity namely your daily shower. Some reviews praised the good prices for the service at the cafe and the camp fees. I found then reasonable but not a bargain. The common facilities are OK but an update on appliances (heaters) wouldn't do any harm for good house keeping. Overall I can enjoyed our 2 night stay and can recommen it.
Don't miss this place!
Stayed 2 nights at an unpowered sight (14$ per person per night, 2$ for shower, 3$ for laundry, free wifi) and enjoyed it very much. Great atmosphere, lovely relaxed place, very friendly and helpful stuff. The lodge offers board games, TV, comfortable sofas and a big and well equipped kitchen.
And don't miss the Cafe, which is part of the campground! Excellent food, music and service, homegrown vegetables (loved the tomatoes).
All in all: Highly recommended, A++++++.
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Very good spot, lovely staff and facilities. Showers require coins which we were provided at check in for free. There is a pub/restaurant on site which does great food so we enjoyed a night off cooking.
Great place, Nice private sites, birds singing, friendly staff - whats not to like :-) Their cafe has lots to offer of coffee choices, milkshakes, muffins etc. Also dinner and breakfirst offering - really Nice!
Wonderful little gem of a campground! We came based on the reviews and it did not disappoint. Cute little restaurant and cafe at reception where they sold fresh produce from their garden. Kitchen was a good size and only gave them a 9 instead of a 10 as the bathrooms only have 1 male and 1 female stall in them ( but they do have 2 separate facilities so plenty of space during our stay).
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Based on the many great reviews we decided to stay for one night. When we arrived it was clear to us that we would extend our stay for two nights. This place is by far the best that we have seen during our two months in New Zealand! Lovely hosts, great food (cookies, cakes and on Sunday's bread) and drinks, organic veggies (awesome price), clean facilities and the price was outstanding. We paid 32$/night for 2 adults for a powered site which was only 6$ more than a scenic DOC but there was a lot more to get. A great spot to relax from all the driving and definitely worth more than a quick stay for the night. Highly recommend this last light of New Zealand!
Luiz Gustavo Damasceno Ribeiro
Definitely a highlight of the trip for us. The site might be out of the way but the restaurant, campsite, beaches, and caves nearby make it a worthwhile destination.
The restaurant boasts homemade foods, jams, organic produce, a variety of wines and beers, batista coffee. If you're not up for that there are barbecues, a well stocked kitchen, or the local Four Square. The kitchen is well equipped and clean. Also the toilets and showers are in good condition (coin operated showers, they can give you change at the cafe).
The tent sites are large and separated from each other by trees and bushes. Powered and unpowered sites are close to all the facilities.
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Very nice place, very nice stuff, everything what you need and more for a very little price, and a good restaurant too. I can't understand, why there are so less people.
We come from Switzerland and stay 6 weeks in North and South NZ. This is the best valued campsite we had:
+ 2 people powered site for $32
+ friendly receptionrestaurant with good coffee and organic menu (sometimes live music)
+ $2 shower for 3 minutes, very clean
+ $3 laundry/ dryer, very clean with washing line and pegs
+ home made production (free range eggs and vege garden)
+ quick wifi without limit
+ bush track to the river
And and and......
Nice place and clean. Bit old accommodation, looks vintage but why does everything must be "nouvelle vague"?. It is a place that I come back. Good restaurant if you won't cook. People are very nice
The road and the region is very beautiful.
We didn't stay at the camp but it was nicely kept. We had lunch in the restaurant and we couldn't believe the extensive menu available. Our lunch was delicious and would highly commend this restaurant to anyone visiting this area. The building itself is interesting and the owner is friendly and welcoming.
A good choice for a stop in Tuatapere. Very clean, hot water in the showers, very good food and helpful employees!
We only visited the cafe, which is nicely decorated with a laidback feeling and cool music. Very different to the usual cafes and not what you would expect being attached to a campsite. Service was very friendly, food and coffee very good, the ideal place for an afternoon with stormy and rainy weather outside.
Last Light Lodge is run by a really cool dude who has renovated it by himself and the help of Wwoofers over the past year.
Its not only a campsite but a backpackers too, rooms are comfy and nicely decked out, and the communal kitchen is well equipped and a nice space to be in.
The newly opened cafe looks clean, groovy, warm and with great music, very different to the other cafe's in the area. the food is amazing, home cooked and hearty.
I loved my stay here :) wish I could have stayed forever