Buller Campground

Buller Campground

Lake Rotoiti


35 Rankers Reviews

23 Face-to-Face

8 St Arnaud


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    Buller Campground

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    The camp, adjacent to Lake Rotoiti, has sites tucked amongst kanuka/manuka forest. It is a 3 km drive or 30 minute walk, 2-3 km depending which way you go, from St Arnaud village and has a boat launching ramp nearby.





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The camping grounds at West Bay (Jetty and Buller) are beaut little sites on the western side of Lake Rotoiti. Open from December to April they offer lots of private little areas to choose from, nestled in shady groves. A boat ramp and playground are nearby with close access to a heap of walking tracks.

Closed In Winter! Open from mid December until March and over Easter.


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DOC Nelson/Tasman

Central government organisation


South IslandNelson RegionSt Arnaud


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Showing 8 reviews of 34.

Chelsea Mackmurdie's avatar

Chelsea Mackmurdie

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Location: gorgeous. Beautiful calm lake surrounded by beautiful mountains and bushes filled with singing birds. Eels in the lake are fun to feed. Only issue was the huge number of sand flies. The camping areas are all individual spaces surrounded by trees, so a good deal of privacy.
Facilities: clean toilets. Didn't use the showers (didn't need to), so am unsure what they were like. Indoor food prep / clean up area (simple counters, sinks, and picnic table), was clean and tidy, with a noticeboard with up to date printed information on the weather forecast for the next few days and other notices.
Cost: I think we paid $34 for two people. Book online through the Dept of Conservation. Volunteer staff do check your number plate to ensure you've paid.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Katie's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great little campsite - water is potable which is really nice. -1 for sandflies, but those really come with the territory no matter where you might stay at Nelson Lakes. Cost is $15 pp and you can book online.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Florian's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Very nice little campsite. Has lots of little “booths” to park in surrounded by trees so it feels nice and private. Clean flushing toilets and cold showers. Has a room for cooking(no equipment just work surface). There is no office as such, but a camp host is always on site. If you’re arriving early it’s best to go to the visitor centre and pay there where they give you the little slip to display that youve payed, if arriving late you’ll have to either find the camp host, or just park up somewhere and they’ll be round in the morning to collect fees. Was $26 for two of us in a van. Very close to lake with some nice walks.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Anita Diiksterhuis

Ranking: 8/10

DOC-owned campsite with shelter, toilets and cold showers. Beautiful, quiet location at the lake. Big sites in the trees. Start of tramping and walking tracks nearby. Price: 26 NZD for 2 persons with a campervan.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Clemence and Pedro


Ranking: 8/10

Easy access, beautiful location, very clean facilities, an amazing host. Warm water would be a 10 out of 10.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Rachel Denham's avatar

Rachel Denham

Ranking: 9/10

Great location if you're doing one of the National Park walks, really good for a $6 DOC site, clean toilets and cold showers. Nice spot right on the river. Very friendly staff.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Heather Scoltock

Ranking: 8/10

Good value at $6 each. Didn't use cold showers. Remember to get token from info point. Flush toilets a plus. Big group of kids partying well past 11pm curfew but warden suggested we move in anticipation of trouble and we slept without a problem. Sandflies a pain. They attack you all the time including the toilet so spray essential. Couldn't face a 2nd night of them so moved on.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Philippa and Adam

Ranking: 9/10

This is a very good DOC site. Unlike other DOC sites, here payment is made at the DOC information centre that's in St Arnaud, so don't bother coming to the camping ground until you've visited the information centre. It's $6 per person per night for an unpowered site, which gives you drinking water, clean flush toilets, clean cold showers and a shelter for cooking and washing up. Each tent pitch is set amongst trees so you end up with an individual pitch. Sandflies were fine, but possibly because it was very windy. The ground was rock hard and very dusty. We struggled a bit to pitch the tent, once it was up it quickly became filthy, but there's not a lot that anyone could do to solve that issue. It's 30 seconds walk to the lake and about 20 minutes walk into St Arnaud.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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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