Buller Campground

Buller Campground

Lake Rotoiti



33 Rankers Reviews

23 Face-to-Face

73 Basic Camping

5 St Arnaud



Great facilities
Cosy campsites


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.


Feature Value Info


South IslandNelson RegionSt Arnaud


  • Basic Camping





  • Buller Campground

    Unpowered Sites

    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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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 over 2 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 3 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 about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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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 over 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

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Rob & Colleen Elwood

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Really nice setting with the campsites separated by kanuka forest. Lovely clean facilities, too bad about the cold showers. In our opinion this is a much better campsite than Kerr Bay and it is a real pity that it is open only during the summer months.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in April 2015

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Miriam Burchartz


Ranking: 9/10

Soooo many sandflies and bees. No heating plates in the kitchen. Very, very, very nice customer service, cheap and free showers.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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