Lake Ianthe Matahi Campsite

Lake Ianthe Matahi Campsite

Harihari area

Reviews

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Julianne McKie

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Nice waterfront spot, quiet, new jetty to walk on. Two toilets and sink/ bench under cover for cooking. Sheltered from wind and road noise.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Kayem

Ranking: 10/10

Can't believe what some people expect for $8.00. Stunningly beautiful spot. Toilets don't have bidets but fine if you don't have facilities in your camper. Most can find a fairly level spot and the scenery and peace certainly make you glad to be alive. A "not to miss" spot.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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morozco024

Ranking: 4/10

Worst site by far, only stay here if it's your only option. Not worth $8/person self pay.

View of the lake, but car park is much too small and does NOT have the 12 stalls (unless they are sized by regular cars and not campers or RVs).

As many said, the ground slopes terribly to the waterfront, and bathrooms are NOT maintained.

Since there was no room, we paid but parked just outside of the main area, still off the road but closer to the entrance. It was better, but felt more exposed.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Philip Page

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Great spot, only enough for 8 motorhomes. Next to the main road, great views, loos ok

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Laura Clay

Australia

Ranking: 4/10

Probably the worst place we stayed on our trip, small and not level at all. Spots are not marked so people take up more space then they need leaving others to sleep on the hill. Fine for tent camping as there is grass. Toilet & covered table.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Nathan Lal

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing spot. We had the place to ourselves. Great location just next to a lake with fishing. It is gravel car park but not very level but fine for Motorhome if you're happy to sleep on a slight angle. Would happily stay again!

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Brett King

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

Small area by the lake - beautiful and scenic; we had the most stunning sunset and only had to share the spot with a few other campers. Don't forget the insect repellant as plenty of sandflies. 2 long-drop toilets were a bit smelly so better if you are self-contained.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Catherine Finlayson

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic spot for camping before the glaciers! 2 grassy areas to choose from to pitch tents. Gravel area for cars/vans/campers fills up so be there earlier to ensure a spot if in a campervan. Works on honesty box system. Tables and benches on grassy areas for eating etc, and two large areas under shelter to hide in the rain! 2 longdrop toilets - a bit smelly but perfectly fine. Great spot. 10/10.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Megan Jurgensmeyer

United States

Ranking: 7/10

Small parking lot for camping with a beautiful view of the lake!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Jessica Stokes

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Perfect spot except for the uneven ground. Also quite a small camping area. Really nice views of the lake with a quaint jetty.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Julia Rey

Spain

Ranking: 8/10

We stayed for a quick swim and it was great as the water was calm, warm and clean. Really interesting snorkeling due to rich biodiversity. Highly recommended.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Philippa and Adam

Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful setting right next to the lake with good grassy spots to pitch a tent and picnic benches. There's the lake for a refreshing swim. There's a tap giving untreated water and two horrible long drop toilets. There were some sandflies buzzing around but nothing too bad. $6 per person per night for camping.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Suzanne Vermeulen

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Nice DoC site at the lake if Franz Josef is just too far for the day. The site has two parts: a smaller part directly next to the road and a slightly bigger part that is somewhat more secluded. Expect a lot of sandflies and mosquitos.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Hardi Doehler

Ranking: 9/10

This is a 9 for scenery and view, camping right next to the lake. But a 3 for its too close to the main road, small gravel area and dirty basic toilets. Water available. We left the place due to the grimy sandflies. No wind, lots of bugs.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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holidaymad from Solihull

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Large campsite, which is split into two, one surrounding the toilets and next to the lake and one a few yards away, just off the main road. First was full, so we stayed on the latter.
Stunning lake but, beware, you need insect repellent. We learned too late. 27 bites, my husband counted and boy, didn't I know about it.
DOC site, and they do come round and check, so make sure you pay.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Hindrek Lind

Estonia

Ranking: 6/10

No shelter, toilets ok for long drops, but a bit smelly and full. Excellent fishing, nice spot. Very close to the highway though.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Lorraine Walker

England

Ranking: 7/10

Good, small site adjacent to the lake.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Michael Walker

England

Ranking: 8/10

Another DOC site with beautiful views, peace and quiet. Basic green type toilets would not suit some people.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Bryan & Ineke Beck

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

A tranquil place.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Calvin Parsons

England

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful location and cheap.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Ruud Kapteyn

Netherlands

Ranking: 4/10

Campsite is very close to the road, we did not feel safe. we left adn continued to Lake Mahinapua. Much better.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Sandra B

England

Ranking: 10/10

Between Franz Josef and Hokitika - the perfect picnic spot.

Reviewed over 10 years ago