80 Rankers Reviews
309 Basic Camping
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!
South Island ▷ West Coast ▷ Haast
Number of tent sites - 12.
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Nice DOC campsite included in the campervan pass.one of the better ones we stayed in.
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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.
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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.
Francois & Caroline
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.
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.
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.
Lovely view, toilets well kept. Sandflies in abundance, a lot of people arriving till late at night made it quite noisy.
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!
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 😍