Otto/MacDonalds Campsite

Otto/MacDonalds Campsite

Franz Josef

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72 Rankers Reviews

25 Face-to-Face

188 Basic Camping

16 Franz Josef Glacier

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Ottos/ MacDonalds

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An easily accessible campsite on the northern end of Lake Mapourika. Great for picnics, fishing and cooking your catch on the open fires.

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Location

South IslandWest CoastFranz Josef Glacier

Categories

  • Basic Camping

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Accommodation

  • Unpowered Campsite

    Number of tent sites - 20.

    Adult $15/day
    Child $7.50/day

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Timothy Davies

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely site next to a lake. There are two campsites right next to each other (one is a larger and more suited to very large campervans). A few common shelters and ok toilets as usual, but the beautiful view of the lake (just a minute walk from the site) sets this site above many others!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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ScoutnIndi

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

We stayed on the Otto's side, with nice clean bathrooms and a large sink and washing up area. Large undercover areas with tables. The lake was beautiful.
We stayed in June, and there was still frost on the ground at 3:00pm. DOC campsite with flat gravel sites. Would recommend.

Reviewed 4 months ago and experienced in June 2019

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Stefan Miedzinski

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Stayed at Otto site. Nice place. Close to the lake. Few sites, there are more at McDonalds. Toilets and sink available. Sandflies.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Liz

Ranking: 8/10

10 min into Franz Joseph. Definitely worth camping on the Ottos side if u want to use the toilets, the long drop needed a clean when we were there. Nice path between the campsites with sinks and a shelter. Great value for the area

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Dean Coran

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

Nice spot, plenty of room with tables and a shed. A short 2 min walk to the Otto ground for flushing toilets. Camp host was a legend. Only negative was the thousands of sand flies.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Francois & Caroline

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

We stayed on the MacDonalds part which is just perfect. Lot of space and well organised, shed with tables and sinks. A short walk through the forest to go to the toilets on the Otto part.
DOC ranger was lovely.

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Rebecca Rodeghiero

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Perfect place to stay outside of Franz Josef. About a 15-20 min drive into town. We stayed 3 nights and it was included in the DOC conservation camping pass. You can camp on either side as you drive into the area, I would recommend going towards the right because there are brand new sinks, river and lake access, and fewer people!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Indy

Ranking: 9/10

Great spot next to the lake. We arrived about 10pm. The morning was calm before the afternoon storm arrived. Site was quiet and bathrooms were clean.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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