Lyell Campsite

Lyell Campsite

Buller Gorge


38 Rankers Reviews

16 Face-to-Face

12 Murchison


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Lyell Camping Ground
Cooking shelter at Lyell Camping Ground


This is a very easily accessible campsite just off the main highway. It is set in a large grassy area in the historic gold-rush town of Lyell.

There are BBQ areas, picnic tables, a shelter to cook in, please note there are NO rubbish bins here. Take the dog for a walk and explore the battery (rock crusher).

Take ALL rubbish with you - there are no rubbish bins at this site. What you take in, you must take out. PLEASE RESPECT THIS!


Feature Value Info


DOC West Coast

Central government organisation


South IslandNelson RegionMurchison


  • Basic Camping


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Cass's avatar


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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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


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


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


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


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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Cymen Crick

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