Otto/MacDonalds Campsite

Otto/MacDonalds Campsite

Franz Josef


78 Rankers Reviews

25 Face-to-Face

19 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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DOC West Coast

Central government organisation


South IslandWest CoastFranz Josef Glacier


  • Basic Camping


Showing 13 reviews of 77.

Lewis's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice location and close to town. Secluded. Clean facilities.

Reviewed 27 days ago

Lizzie's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Super cute little doc site right by the lake and super close by to Franz Joseph and yet feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere. Basic facilities but still a flushing toilet (bonus) and everything was lovely and clean.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Alec's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

For a doc site this is totally recommended ,very clean and well kept with heaps of room.Recommend pre pay ( pass) for any doc site ,you get no hassle.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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 8 months ago

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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 over 1 year ago

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 about 2 years 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 over 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 over 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 about 3 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 about 3 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 about 3 years 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 over 3 years 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 3 years ago

DOC Managed

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 😍

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Cymen Crick