Lake Rotoroa Campsite

Lake Rotoroa Campsite

Nelson Lakes National Park


20 Rankers Reviews

6 Face-to-Face

15 Murchison


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Boat action - Lake Rotoroa
Lake Rotoroa
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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


DOC Nelson/Tasman

Central government organisation


South IslandNelson RegionMurchison


  • Basic Camping


Showing 13 reviews of 20.

Liv's avatar


Ranking: 2/10

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.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Julia Lima

Ranking: 8/10

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 :)

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Laura's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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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 over 2 years 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 over 3 years 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 over 3 years 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 about 4 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 over 4 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 about 6 years ago

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Fernando Silva

Ranking: 7/10

Very beautiful place, too many sandflies but still good!

Reviewed over 6 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 over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Daniel Robledo


Ranking: 4/10

Beautiful place, but so many sandflies it is impossible to sit out of the van.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Charlee Jayne


Ranking: 8/10

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!

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

DOC Managed

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Cymen Crick

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