72 Rankers Reviews
188 Basic Camping
16 Franz Josef Glacier
An easily accessible campsite on the northern end of Lake Mapourika. Great for picnics, fishing and cooking your catch on the open fires.
South Island ▷ West Coast ▷ Franz Josef Glacier
Number of tent sites - 20.
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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!
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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.
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Stayed at Otto site. Nice place. Close to the lake. Few sites, there are more at McDonalds. Toilets and sink available. Sandflies.
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
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.
Francois & Caroline
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.
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!
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.
Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍