Lake Mahinapua Campsite

Lake Mahinapua Campsite - Mahinapua Scenic Reserve

Lake Mahinapua Campsite

Mahinapua Scenic Reserve


96 Rankers Reviews

32 Face-to-Face


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Lake Mahinapua
Lake Mahinapua Scenic Reserve
Magic sunrise


Camp beside Lake Mahinapua within forest surroundings. A popular overnight and day stop. Enjoy water sports in the lake.

Historically Lake Mahinapua was a main access waterway up and down the coast using paddle steamers.

Bookings are open for stays from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.
Book online - a $10 service fee applies to all phone, email and in-person bookings.

Your booking will be for a site, which will be allocated or selected on arrival.


Feature Value Info


DOC West Coast

Central government organisation


South IslandWest CoastHokitika


  • Basic Camping


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Oonagh's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Lovely location but toilet out of order (public toilets nearby available) and mozies bad.

Reviewed 4 months ago

$p's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful camp next to Lake Mahinapua. Clean flush toilets, cooking/dishes shelter with multiple sinks, rubbish and recycling station, even a solar shower! (Though probably a lucky dip to get a hot shower when it's busy!).
Lake is lovely for a kayak and morning sunrise. Nice bush walks around camp.
Weka, falcons and glowworms top it off to make this a definite 10!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Valg's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

A lovely lake with the back drop of the mountains.The camp site is back a little from the lake a large grassy area with plenty of choice where to park. Clean and tidy toilets, solar shower and shelter for kitchen area.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Boardwalk Blss

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Very few campers (July 2020) Grounds well maintained tho choose site carefully because of wet conditions. Clean flush toilets w/paper, small outside shelter area with cold water and sink. Beautiful lake views and walks through the bush.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in July 2020

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JS's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Facilities are closed, epic views, peaceful, morning icy swimming is a must!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

M&P's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Excellent campsite. Beautiful walks and rides in the area.
One of our favorite !

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

This is a gorgeous campsite, right on the shores of the lake. The amenities were clean with flushing toilets. Lovely big communal undercover areas. Mowed grassy and flat camping areas. DOC Campsite, so cost $13 per person, per night.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in June 2019

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Richard Clapton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent doc campsite. Included in the campervan pass and has really good facilities. Flushing toilets, with soap and tp. Even a solar shower but we didn't use so not sure how well it worked. They also have rubbish and recycling bins. One of the best equipped DOC sites we stayed in at this price.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Rachel's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Nice clean toilets. Great place to set up overnight.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Ruddah's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

We stAyed at this DOC site after reading reviews. Not a massive site, but enough space for choice of spots. Lake itself is nice with mountain backdrop. 10mins from Hokitika. Limited toilet facilities only.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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From DK

Ranking: 9/10

Great place with plenty of space. Nice sunset. Bellbird singing in the early morning

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Laura Morley


Ranking: 8/10

Pretty basic campsite but all we needed with our self-contained van. Flushing toilets! Water! A beautiful walk to the lake. Bugs galore, but they were at every campsite we stayed at.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Mitchell's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

An amazing campsite if you are lucky enough to be here on a fine early morning!! Took probably the best photos of our trip as the lake was dark and glass and acted like an enormous mirror. 10/10 would stay again.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

DOC Managed

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Cymen Crick