Kawatiri Campsite

Kawatiri Campsite

Kawatiri area


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Kawatiri Junction


The Kawatiri Junction Camping Ground is handily placed near the main state highway and provides an ideal stop over between Nelson and the West Coast.

Lots of interesting railway bits and bobs are nearby and are very much worth small walk. Look for the old tunnel and rail bridge.

Make sure you have your sandfly repellent handy.


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South IslandNelson RegionSt Arnaud


  • Basic Camping


Showing 8 reviews of 17.

Elizabeth Gilbert's avatar

Elizabeth Gilbert

Ranking: 2/10

Bees, bugs and engine brakes all night. Scenic corner. Filthy toilets. Should not be a campground.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Oceane Imber

Ranking: 1/10

This is a “no other choice stop” I reckon. The bathroom were the worst we had throughout the trip, so smelly we felt sick and with the road next to it it’s not the best spot to sleep. If you can, avoid this campground we had free camps that were cleaner and nicer than this one.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Matt's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 5/10

Just a place to pull over and get some sleep really... The vehicles from the nearby highway didn't bother me, but be aware that big trucks pull in there too.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Michele Mobbs


Ranking: 1/10

Planned to stop here but the sandflies drove us away. We tried a couple of different spots at the site, thinking that further from the water or bush would help...but it didnt. Several cars stopped to use the toilets during this time and we could see that they were being attached almost as soon as they were out of their vehicles.
I wouldnt recommend it unless you were desperate to stop somewhere and didnt want to be outside your vehicle.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Lizzie V

New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

A convenient location at a junction of two highways, which makes a good stop if you need it! Very noisy, to be expected. Pleasant surrounds though, with a nice grassy camping area and a toilet. There is no water supply other than the river, which is good for a swim :)

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Megan Jurgensmeyer

United States

Ranking: 6/10

Nicely maintained campground with the river as the water source. The road made it a bit noisy at night.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Ranking: 7/10

For free and alright for one night. There are just so many sandflies around and bees in the toilet.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2015

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Antoine Vernay


Ranking: 5/10

It is really close to the road so loud, there is a lot of sandflies but it is free.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in November 2014

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Nick Morrison

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