Buller Campground

Buller Campground

Lake Rotoiti

Reviews

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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 8 months ago

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Katie

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 11 months ago

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Florian

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 3 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 almost 5 years ago

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Clemence and Pedro

France

Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed over 5 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 almost 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 almost 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 almost 6 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 almost 5 years ago and experienced in April 2015

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Miriam Burchartz

Germany

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 6 years ago

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Mak Walther

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Very friendly uncomplicated camp supervisor. Beautiful location, insects are the worst! $6 per person.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Lara Jakob

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Perfect location at the lake, but too many sandflies.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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misstassie

Australia

Ranking: 6/10

Wonderful location, heaps of things to do around Nelson Lakes. Camp ground is spacious with plenty of good sites to choose from. Sand flies are a real hassle but you can stock up on insect repellent at the Parks' shop. Showers nice and clean but only cold water.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Sanne Meijer

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

$6, cold showers, drinking water, awesome kitchen, nice location oh and flush toilets!

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Erik Nestlez

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

The best DOC campground I have seen so far. Awesome cooking shelter, showers and flush toilets plus super location.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Florian Klein

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

$6 for cold showers, cooking room and drinkable water and flushing toilets. Super nice campground!

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Manuela Opprecht

Ranking: 10/10

Clean and with cold showers and kitchen facilities. 6$/p for a unpowered site fair price. Next to the lake and some nice walking treks. You have to book and pay your place at doc office in St Arnaud.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Kathi

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

This campground is $6 worth, it is clean, cold showers, water and facilities where you can sit inside - really great and highly recommend.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Anne Haenchen

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

$6 paid and you get a cold shower and a cooking area. Carpark is big and everyone got their own spaces.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Benjamin

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

$6 per person, warm showers $1, nice location, not too many sandflies, great views, friendly staff.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Verena

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Unpowered $6 per person, warm shower, $1 per person. Washing machine, dryer available, also powered sites, very scenic, late checkin possible.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Alexis Redor

France

Ranking: 9/10

Really good.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Stu Murray

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Well set up bush camp.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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James Young

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful eating room, toilets and showers. At $6, excellent value.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Sagi

Israel

Ranking: 9/10

A very good campsite, we had a shelter, showers (cold) and a good location by the lake. Only for $6 per person.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Friederike Kranzin

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful view over Lake Rotoiti, good sites, friendly hosts - they looked after our campervan for free when we were on a track, good toilet and kitchen.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Daniel Naveh

Israel

Ranking: 10/10

Very good place near the lake with showers, kitchen and clean toilet.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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SC W

Malaysia

Ranking: 10/10

New facilities, clean flush toilets & cold showers with automatic sensor light in the evening. Nice cooking shelter with picnic table inside, windows covered by net, you will free from sandflies while cooking and dining. There are light in the cooking shelter too. 6 dollars pp worth everything! Highly recommended.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Loesje

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

We stayed at the buller-department of the west bay camping ground. Some nice walks close by. Right next to the lake. Nice, private sites. And very new and great facilities, for just 6$, amazing!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in January 2013

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Veronica and Jordi

Spain

Ranking: 9/10

Very clean, good facilities, amazing surroundings.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Fraser Goldsmith

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Basic but toilets provided.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Nadine and Jan

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great ranger! (Paul).

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Jaroslav Gajdos

Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

$17pp, shower, shelter

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Mr & Mrs Palmer

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

DOC camp, unpowered sites, new facilities, toilet block etc.

Reviewed over 10 years ago