Otto/MacDonalds Campsite

Otto/MacDonalds Campsite

Franz Josef


75 Rankers Reviews

25 Face-to-Face

16 Franz Josef Glacier


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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.


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South IslandWest CoastFranz Josef Glacier


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Showing 8 reviews of 74.

Nicole's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Awesome spot (the McDonald’s side rather than the ottos side - there are two different sites you can camp at). Heaps of spots. Very quiet. Bit pricey for a DOC camp, had to pay cash on site. Very clean toilets (no light so dark in the night)

Reviewed 2 months ago

John's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Large flat well maintained DOC site. Good views to the mountains and lake around. Excellent self contained camping spot. Facilities clean. Was very quiet here in September. One other camper when we stayed.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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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 over 1 year 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 almost 2 years ago

ScoutnIndi's avatar



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 about 2 years 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 over 2 years ago

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 over 2 years 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 over 2 years ago

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