Lake Paringa Campsite

Lake Paringa Campsite

Haast, Paringa and Moeraki rivers area


82 Rankers Reviews

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The jetty at Lake Paringa
Ahhhh, the serenity
Lake Paringa - wow!
nice spot for a BBQ


This small campsite is placed right next to Lake Paringa, a serene lake with good fishing and boating. The lake is set in a mature forest backdrop - a great view.

This is quite a basic campsite which requires you to get your water from a stream. There are mega sandflies here, so definately cover up during dusk and dawn.

North of Haast - enjoy!


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DOC West Coast

Central government organisation


South IslandWest CoastHaast


  • Basic Camping


Showing 13 reviews of 78.

JT's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Updated flushing toilets, a few sites are bookable and there are a few spots suitable for a tent. The lake is lovely. It was not busy at the end of January. No kitchen area or shelter. Also used as a boat launch area by locals.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Robert Adler

Ranking: 7/10

Very basic facilities. The sandflies are pretty rough here, so don't expect to spend much time outside or have your windows open. I think this spot is a bit steep for $15 / night / person but there aren't a ton of options when you're coming up the East coast, so you have to take what you can get.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Richard Clapton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Nice DOC campsite included in the campervan of the better ones we stayed in.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

JT's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

nice place in nature but many sandflies. we are not sure whats the difference between scenic doc and a all the freedom campsites arround NZ. so 13$ for nothing but the views is too much.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2019

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Rosemary M

Ranking: 9/10

Stayed because the two free ones further north were already full. Grateful for a place to stop really! $13 each but that's not bad considering it was a fantastic view and the money goes to Doc so I don't mind seeing as they maintain all these beautiful places.
It poured with rain whilen we were there so didn't have to content with the flies. The section for tents near the lake got waterlogged very quickly, so keep an eye on the weather if you stay here.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Francois & Caroline

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Nothing special about that place and quite small so many people end up staying in the car park. We just stayed there because it was included in the DOC Campsite Pass.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Ranking: 2/10

I would only advise staying here if you have no where else to go. The sand flies are nothing like I’ve ever experienced, got bitten to death. Also no service until you get to fox glacier - north or Albert town South way.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Jeremy's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Facilities were good and clean, campsite very small but next to the lake. The tent location was a bit squishy and possibly exposed, and overall it was very busy on a mid January Thursday.
The view over the lake was great for sunset, we didn't find many sandflies but there had been a small rain shower earlier which may have something to do with it.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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helen reeve

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely view, toilets well kept. Sandflies in abundance, a lot of people arriving till late at night made it quite noisy.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Ambili's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Lovely spot, clean toilets, yes there were a million sandflies but there was also a flock of raucous Kea visiting in the morning that we're pretty special to watch!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Philip Page


Ranking: 10/10

Great place, beautiful view, lots of sites, new toilet block with flushing toilets, pontoon for the kids to play off

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Mike Fricker

Ranking: 9/10

20Oct18. Looked in but didn’t stay.
3 new loos that we’re perfectly fine. Hand washing but soap empty. 2 large sinks.
Not to many sandflies.
$13 per person. It says powered sites are available although we didn’t see any. They were, I think, $21 per person.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Florian's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Decent place to stay the night, there aren’t really many other free options in this area. A DOC ranger will be round VERY early to collect fees if you don’t leave money int he box... so don’t try get away with it cos we thought we could! There’s a nice cafe a little further north on the main road by a salmon farm which serves nice fresh salmon and breakfast. Can’t comment on toilets as didn’t use them. Nice location and nice views of lake

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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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

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