Easy access from the main road, but still quiet, large spaces at the lawn areas or in "private" boxes under the trees. Prepared fire places, clean toilets, water and bins available. 5h walk (return) to St. Daniel Lake. Beware of the sand flies!
Really good spot, we got engaged here about 12 years ago 😀. Lots of bird life
Easy to get to from the main road yet still a peaceful spot. We camped here and walked to Lake Daniels the next day. Would have given more points if there weren't so many sandflies!
Nice big open campground with heaps of room, you can tuck in under the trees on the bush edge for some protection from wind and rain . Great views across the flats to the river and mountains.
Our first stay at a DOC site. Beautiful views and some really lovely walks through the forest. The site is also on the Alpine fault line and in 1964 the scientist Frank Edison built a wall to see if the could measure the movement in the Alpine fault. Must see, part of NZ history.
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But it's a lovely place easy to find mountain views. We stayed in may wasn't that cold which was good no sand flies when we went. Enjoyable quite location. Beautiful views.
Heaps of room here, with quite a few drop toilets spread about. Nice and quiet. Normally $8 pp but as we had a DOCS camp pass, it was free. Would have given 10/10 if it had flushing toilets.
Great little spot to stay at, we stayed here on the drive from Havelock to Kaikoura (Coast Road still closed Feb 17). Huge site, lots of camping under the beech forest or out in tree clearing. Easy to find just up the road on the left from the Spring Junction township. Only downside were the amount of sandflies but with good repellent they're not too much of an issue.
What a wonderful spot! Beautiful in the sunshine and great view. Very quiet. Toilets: mwaah. .....
First night spent in self contained campervan after having hot pool splash, next to highway, big site with 3 toilets, tap water and creek water (which we use for cooking and cleaning), can't see river (but you can hear it). Very good view.
Great spot for an overnight stay in a tent or a vehicle. Unfortunately we had A LOT of rain. There is a small shelter area which we cooked our dinner under. LOTS of sand flies - but with insect repellent and covering up it is ok. Works on an 'honesty box' system and is a DOC site. If the weather had been better we would've done the walk to Lake Douglas which begins here.
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$8 for a nice spot close to the river! There were toilets and water supply but no shower, just to let you guys know;) the campsite is really nice we had a spot with swing next to it:)
There are heaps of sandflies in the morning, but of you cover yourself up that's not such a big problem then!
Rob & Colleen Elwood
Great campsite. There are parking bays along the bush edge and more open flats on the opposite side of the track. Longdrop toilets were well maintained and quite clean. The only down-side is the camp water supply which had live aquatic insect larvae coming out of the taps. The water in the main Maruia River looked cleaner. Highly recommend the walk in to Lake Daniels but walkers need to remember that it is an alpine environment and go prepared for a sudden change in the weather.
Stay here for the spectacular views of the surrounding hills and mountains. It seems the pitches are designed for cars/vans so if camping be careful where you stake out. Sandflies are particularly vicious so bring repellent!
Beautiful spot. Lots of spots to camp. Plenty of space for large vehicles. Marks off for sand flies (feral) & water supply is NOT drinkable (don't fill your camper van tanks!)
Great location and not busy between Christmas and New Year. Long drop toilet now has paper and sanitiser gel. Some pitches had firebox. Recommend for overnight stay.
Very nice DOC campsite along the tree line overlooking the mountains below Lewis Pass. $5/person. Toilets were okay but no toilet paper, so bring your own. Make sure you walk down to the river and check out the Sluice Box. Very cool...
Another brilliant DOC campsite. Has fireboxes so you can gather wood and light a fire. Longdrop toilets were clean. Fantastic views.
Fantastic views. Not for people who need luxury as out in wilderness. Fab walks.
Good DOC campground, short walk to river, longer walks as well. Sandfly friendly.
This beautiful campsite is right on the Alpine fault. Wonderful location and walking tracks. Lack of toilet paper prevented me from giving this a perfect review score.
Were happy to find a place to stay - only $5 for the night with toilets. Close to the river!
A good and cheap place for staying one night, with toilets, not much around.
A lot of places to stay for one night. Cheap, toilets and drinking water.
Good space per site, fire per space, good DOC toilets. $5 per person.
Very basic campground in beautiful surroundings and an excellent day walk to a lake nearby.
Beautiful area, good facilities.