Otto/MacDonalds Campsite

Otto/MacDonalds Campsite

Franz Josef



71 Rankers Reviews

25 Face-to-Face

194 Basic Camping

19 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 $13/day
    Child $6.50/day


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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 2 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 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 10 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 11 months ago

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Indy's avatar


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 12 months ago

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Sophie Skinner

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Clean, tidy site with bays marked clearly. Clean flush toilets. Handy for a stay in this area for 13$pp where there are no free camp spots.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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