Lyell Campsite

Lyell Campsite

Buller Gorge

Reviews

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Cass

Ranking: 8/10

We didn’t stay the night here but definitely worth a stop if you are going by. Do the short walk to the creek. Cool suspended cable foot bridge. We didn’t have time for the longer walk. Would be a great free camp otherwise.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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JT

Ranking: 9/10

8$ pp is ok for one Night. nice place but lot of sandflies. nice historic cemetery close by.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Rod Cochrane

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Great site, very clean, easy to find a spot, and a very beautiful spot to wake up too. Plenty of walks nearby to keep All interested

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Allain Riepema

Ranking: 7/10

Nice and quiet campsite.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Vander Plancke Julien

France

Ranking: 3/10

We stopped there on a rainy day and waked up surrounded by the sandflies. There were thousands.
Toilets are not clean.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Stacey Cheong

Ranking: 6/10

The grass was so soft that we got stuck in the mud when trying to looking for a spot. Luckily the locals helped us to push our campervan. It was really sweet of them for helping us out. In the end we parked on a rocky spot.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Irina Dubrovskaya

Ranking: 7/10

Basic campground and close to the Main Street. There are plenty of spots for your campervan and also lots of sandflies.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Lisa Erikssen

Ranking: 5/10

Beautiful campgroud but the long drop toilets were dirty and a lot of sandflies.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Lizzie V

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

A lovely, scenic area to camp. A bit noisy and busy, which is to be expected since it's the entry to the Old Ghost Road track and a stop over for people traveling through the Buller area. But cheap, with friendly wekas who like to thief your food.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Jeremy Billy

France

Ranking: 7/10

Very basic camping, a lot of bugs and yucky toilet. There is a beautiful road in the mountain to get there!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Lyn Pobke

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful spot, easy to find, but the night we stayed there it poured with rain and was very muddy so we stayed on the gravel road, it was sheltered and quiet.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Toby Regan

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Nice place to stay for a night or two but nothing special for a camp ground. Good access to other places but prepare for mega sand flies.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Amy Bayliss

Ranking: 7/10

Start of the Old Ghost Road bike trail. Loads of sandflies (worse than on the West Coast). Long drop toilets, large flat grassy campsites.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Rob & Colleen Elwood

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

During the New Year Holiday period there were over two dozen different family groups camping here and there was still room for more. The setting of the camp is lovely with excellent bush walks starting & finishing from the grounds. The recently completed Ghost Road cycle and tramping route terminates in the grounds next to a beautifully constructed sandfly-proof shelter. For an area with this level of popularity the two old-style "long-drop" toilets are inadequate. If DOC update the facilities I'd rate my experience 10/10

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Martin Hofmann

Ranking: 7/10

It was raining cats and dogs that night. Beautiful spot, a wind shelter and a lot of sandflies. Drop toilets and water from tap but has to be filtered. BBQ opportunities.

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Andrew Cruickshank

United States

Ranking: 7/10

An overnight stay in a great location. Some traffic noise but not too bad. Magnificent views and a nice level grass site. Somewhat spoiled by very smelly toilets and the trash had not been emptied in several days. Otherwise all good.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2015

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Christina L

Ranking: 8/10

Standard DOC campsite. $6 pp, long drop toilets, no sink. Next to the road but not noisy, a lot more space than the brochure says. Loads of sandflies.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Marine P

France

Ranking: 6/10

Too close to the road to allow a good sleep. Tap was outdoors. Very basic.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Adriana

Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

Nice camp with fireplaces, our first camping, next to the road, but it is sheltered so it is quiet.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Siobhan Mee

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Perfect, APART from all the sandflies!!

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Oliver Blackmore

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Super campsite - a little way from Murchison (35kms). The basics at $6 an adult, cannot go wrong. Lots of sandflies!!

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Colin Evins

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Facilities expected of basic DOC site, scenic situation.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Xavier

France

Ranking: 5/10

Good facilities and a lot of space. Not really quiet because the SH6 is really close. Besides a lot of sandflies!!!

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Mike Fricker

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

20Apr14, 1 night, $12 per night, 2 of us (50's).
Ignoring the long drop loos and the flies...it was a good site.
The walkway is good. Check out the inscriptions on the headstones in the cemetery, they had a hard life.
A bit of road noise too, some of the lorries going by were a bit noisy.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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arnaud paquet

Belgium

Ranking: 7/10

Nice location, lots of space, basic facilities, tap water and cooking shelter. But heaps of sandflies and long grass. Just one night, no longer.
6$ each.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Helene & Peter

Belgium

Ranking: 6/10

Plenty sandflies!
Basic DOC campsite. You are allowed to start a fire in the designated areas.
Very interesting trails: swing bridge, old graveyard and battering ram in the middle of the woods.
Near the highway so relatively noisy.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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patrick+ katerina

Switzerland

Ranking: 7/10

Nice DOC campsite. Made only a stop there for lunch. Be aware of the sandflys.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in April 2013

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ramy

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice historic campground with trails and swinging bridge. A great place to stop for the night. Close to the highway and good clean toilets.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in April 2013

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Lorna and Seb

England

Ranking: 8/10

Nice little DOC campsite, with loads of information boards about its history.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Tony Graham

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

Great spot to camp on the road south. Only a pit toilet but free so no complaints.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Jill Homewood

England

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely spacious site overlooking the gorge, plenty of walks and wildlife and all for $6.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Rocipon

France

Ranking: 7/10

Nice campsite with 2 new BBQs, tables everywhere.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Calvin Parsons

England

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful location and cheap.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Philippa Waters

England

Ranking: 7/10

Nice and quiet, but not good scenery. Good location for a stop gap though.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Jane Hancock

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely peaceful grass site on hillside next to Buller Gorge.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Colby Smythe

United States

Ranking: 6/10

Small yet functional campsite on the west coast. Running water & toilets are the only commodities and sandflies are plentifull.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Anton

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

No water, no power supply, no kitchen, restrooms in bad condition, but nice place on Buller River. $6 per adult.

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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JanetM

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

Sandflies were relentless, washrooms were out doors. Walk was very good.

Reviewed about 13 years ago and experienced in March 2009