Lake Rotoroa Campsite

Lake Rotoroa Campsite

Nelson Lakes National Park



17 Rankers Reviews

6 Face-to-Face

346 Basic Camping

14 Murchison



Boat action - Lake Rotoroa
Lake Rotoroa
Driving into the campsite
Lake Rotoroa Camping Ground


DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

The Lake Rotoroa Camping Ground is surrounded by native forest and close to the lake edge. Lots of activities to do such as mountain biking, boating, kayaking, swimming, fishing and tramping. Gravel road but easy access for campervans.

Unfortunately this is a sandfly haven, so cover up.

No fires permitted at anytime.


Feature Value Info


South IslandNelson RegionMurchison


  • Basic Camping





  • Unpowered Campsite

    Number of tent sites - 16.

    Adult $8/day
    Child $4/day


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Michael Morgan

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

The numerous mentions of sandflies were very true. Deet up, and they won’t land on you, but they will follow you like a bad smell. Campsite is very small, and in an awkward location, and you can easily get parked in. We were planning on staying longer, but decided that the boards of sandflies were not our cup of tea and headed on. It’s not a bad campsite by all means, and was in a beautiful environment, but lord those sandflies

Reviewed 27 days ago

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The chef

Ranking: 7/10

Cover up, sandflies. Camp site is small can fill up quickly. Great sandfly free walks in area.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Ranking: 5/10

We have read all the reviews complaining about sandflies and thought it can't be that bad, we tried it, and now we have to admit - it's a nightmare! The lake is beautiful, but you just can't enjoy anything here, everyone just spent the time in their cars... We have at least tried the Braeburn walk to escape the flies, which worked quite well :)

Reviewed 12 months ago

Mike's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful lake and bush walk but if self contained dont bother, there is a free one down the road, we didnt have too much of an issue with sandflys but from the other reviews i think we were lucky

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Vander Plancke Julien


Ranking: 2/10

Beautiful lake. Very calm place. But don't go there if you have any other choice.
We called it «sandflies paradies» and it is trully how it is.
Thousands of them wait from you.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Connie Hopper

Ranking: 1/10

Don't even bother. It's beautiful and much quieter than the other lakes, however the sandflies make enjoyment impossible. We cooked dinner in the car and left early the next morning. Even when they don't bite you, they are around your face in clouds :(

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Fernando Silva

Ranking: 7/10

Very beautiful place, too many sandflies but still good!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Maria Camen Santos Lopez


Ranking: 4/10

Very beautiful place but so many sandflies it is impossible to stay.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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