Otto/MacDonalds Campsite

Otto/MacDonalds Campsite

Franz Josef



73 Rankers Reviews

25 Face-to-Face

189 Basic Camping

15 Franz Josef Glacier



Ottos/ MacDonalds


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


Feature Value Info


South IslandWest CoastFranz Josef Glacier


  • Basic Camping





  • Unpowered Campsite

    Number of tent sites - 20.

    Adult $15/day
    Child $7.50/day


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Linda's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Price: $15,00 p.p for one night
Location: to separate camping grounds in a quite area along the river and lake. It's beautiful and peaceful
Insects: a few sand flies and several flying insects but not to much
Wc’s: nice and clean flush toilets and by MacDonalds the are new
Douche: no shower but you can jump in the lake.

The camp ranger is very helpful, friendly and give you good information. It's makes that we feel more save to meet him

Reviewed 27 days ago

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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 4 months ago

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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 7 months ago and experienced in June 2019

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Stefan Miedzinski


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 about 1 year ago

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Liz's avatar


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 about 1 year ago

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Dean Coran


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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 over 1 year ago

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