WARNING in Jan the sand flies are everywhere. We couldn’t even get out of the van because there was a cloud of them waiting outside, almost impossible to even walk to the toilet. The camp area is a small piece of grass on a steady slope, no lake view with toilets and lake a walk away. Lake Rotiti DOC campsite is miles better for sand flies, facilities and lake views.
We went to this place in the middle of September, and I thought the sandflies would be worst. There was quite a few, but it wasn't the problem for me at all. The problem was the location of the toilet: it's not too far to go with the daylight, but at night and alone it's very scary!! Hahaha. But clean toilets and nice view of the lake :)
Would not recommend this campsite at all. Sandflies were the worst I've ever seen. Had to sit in the car all evening then tent sounded like rain with them flying about underneath the outer layer.
On a positive note, the lake was beautiful and Braeburn track to the waterfall was lovely.
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
Cover up, sandflies. Camp site is small can fill up quickly. Great sandfly free walks in area.
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 :)
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
Vander Plancke Julien
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.
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 :(
Very beautiful place, too many sandflies but still good!
Maria Camen Santos Lopez
Very beautiful place but so many sandflies it is impossible to stay.
Beautiful place, but so many sandflies it is impossible to sit out of the van.
Nice little spot, cheap at $4pp. Spectacular views.
Lots of tiny little bugs early morning so make sure you keep your doors closed unless necessary!
Nice camping spot with a nice lake next door, more or less clean toilets. $4 but for just grass not worth it.
This was just a piece of grass we had to pay to park on. Seemed kind of crazy. $4 per person.
$4 per person, great sight, smells like a honey jar and there are great locals around! Gnats were a problem though.
Not what I would expect of a campground. One side of the gravel road was camping sites and the other side was residential. Not much privacy or room for camping. The lake is beautiful but you have to walk or drive to get to the lake.
Phil & Laura
A very quiet site, near to some residential houses close to the lake. The views were spectacular by the lake, but as well as those pesky sand flies we had a plague of bees to contend with. Hundreds of them. Facilities were DOC basic, and there were not many other campers there. Good value at $4 per person
Stayed here the week after easter (Tue) and it was suprisingly busy. Very cheap ($4 adult, $1.50 child) although facilities are basic as you'd expect. Close to the lake, bring your kayaks. Also bring insect repellant and apply liberally as sandflies here are lethal. Try Lake Rotoiti if you want slightly better facilities but we loved the remoteness here, thanks DOC!
$4 per adult, toilets, loads of sandflies but great view over the lake. Close to nice walks around the lake.