Lake Ianthe Matahi Campsite

Lake Ianthe Matahi Campsite

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Lake Ianthe
Lake Ianthe Campsite


Another one of the wonderful West Coast's forest-lined fresh water lakes. Popular for fishing, boating and swimming.


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DOC West Coast

Central government organisation


South IslandWest CoastHarihari


  • Basic Camping


Showing 13 reviews of 25.

Claire's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Good for tenting or campervanning. Noisy by day from roadbut QUIET at night - no trucks going past. Cooking sheleter with sinks and clean toilets. Another good simple DOC site. Try a swim in the lake!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

JT's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Space on grass for a few tents, and a gravel parking lot for campervans. Two long drops and two sinks with non potable water. The lake is wonderful, views are amazing and lovely to swim. Close to the road which is not busy at night. Worth the $8 to DOC

Reviewed 5 months ago

Wendy's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Last minute overnight stop did not disappoint with the lake so beautiful. Had a visit from the resident weka. Cleanish toilets. Take your bug spray, fly spray and wipes.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Julianne McKie


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 almost 3 years ago

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Kayem's avatar


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 3 years ago

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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 3 years ago

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Philip Page


Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Laura Clay


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 4 years ago

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Nathan Lal's avatar

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 5 years ago

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Brett King


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 over 5 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 5 years ago

Megan Jurgensmeyer's avatar

Megan Jurgensmeyer

United States

Ranking: 7/10

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

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Jessica Stokes


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 6 years ago

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