Lake Mahinapua Campsite

Lake Mahinapua Campsite

Mahinapua Scenic Reserve



90 Rankers Reviews

32 Face-to-Face

77 Basic Camping

10 Hokitika



Heaps of space
Lake Mahinapua Scenic Reserve
Magic sunrise


Lake Mahinapua Camping Ground is a huge campsite is a very popular spot for the overnight crew as well as the day picnickers. You can camp right next to the lake, there is also a boat ramp if you are keen on some water action. There are picnic areas and recycling facilities on site.

In the past Lake Mahinapua was used as an a main access waterway for paddle steamers to cruise up and down the coast.


Feature Value Info


South IslandWest CoastHokitika


  • Basic Camping





  • Unpowered Campsite

    Camp beside Lake Mahināpua within forest surroundings. A popular overnight and day stop. Historically Lake Mahināpua was a main access waterway up and down the coast using paddle steamers. Water sports in the lake. Number of tent sites - 100.

    Adult $13/day
    Child $6.50/day


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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 about 1 month 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 about 1 month ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Nice clean toilets. Great place to set up overnight.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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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 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months ago

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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 10 months ago

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Rebecca Rodeghiero

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Really nice spot to camp. Sunrise over the lake was beautiful. Seeing the Weka birds roaming the campsite was cute- we even saw chicks! Clean toilets and lots of room.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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