Lake Paringa Campsite

Lake Paringa Campsite

Haast, Paringa and Moeraki rivers area

Reviews

Robert Adler's avatar

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 1 year ago

Richard Clapton's avatar

Richard Clapton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed about 2 years ago

JT's avatar

JT

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 2 years ago and experienced in January 2019

Rosemary M's avatar

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 2 years ago

Francois & Caroline 's avatar

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 2 years ago

Breeze's avatar

Breeze

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 almost 3 years ago

Jeremy's avatar

Jeremy

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 almost 3 years ago

helen reeve's avatar

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 almost 3 years ago

Ambili's avatar

Ambili

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 almost 3 years ago

Philip Page's avatar

Philip Page

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Mike Fricker's avatar

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 about 3 years ago

Florian's avatar

Florian

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 over 3 years ago

Christoph from Austria's avatar

Christoph from Austria

Ranking: 5/10

13$ for each person.
And for that u get a nice lake view, a toilet and MILLIONS of sandflies.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Elizabeth Gilbert's avatar

Elizabeth Gilbert

Ranking: 5/10

Lovely Lake, stream & forest, but.....
NO WORKING TOILETS. All 3 toilets were flooded and with floating _____! Campsite too small for the need. No others for many kilometres . Vans park on top of vans on top of cars on top of tents. Noisy half the night. Incompatible to have Jet boats roaring around swimmers. Jet boaters shooting off fireworks in evening and launching in droves in morning. Sandflies.
DOC, this is currently one of your worst.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Hanneke van Dijk's avatar

Hanneke van Dijk

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

One of my favourite campsites on the West Coast because of the location next to the lake. Sites along the lake are nice, but if you walk a bit to the left of the campsite there's a small river and from there you'll have a beautiful sunset. A great place for a swim. Water (has to be boiled in order to drink) and toilets available. Sandflies. 13 dollar p.p.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

UK 50-something couple 's avatar

UK 50-something couple

Ranking: 3/10

Beautiful spot but very expensive for what it delivers. The toilets backed up and were unable to cope with the numbers on site. The site also got very crowded. We were in a campervan and arrived early enough to get a decent pitch - but those camping didn’t fare so well; the only space to pitch a tent is a small field right next to the lake, but in the (admittedly heavy) overnight rain that area got quite flooded. Oh, and the sandflies...so many sandflies!!! The DOC inspector was onsite very early to check payments.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Oceane Imber's avatar

Oceane Imber

Ranking: 9/10

Great campground. Toilets were brand new and clean, with a sink and access to water. There are great views on the lake and also a little hidden river. Of course there are sandflies but to be honest in this area it’s hard not to have them.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Laura's avatar

Laura

England

Ranking: 8/10

Great camp spot. Beautiful lake. Clean flushing toilets and a sink to do washing up.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Katrina's avatar

Katrina

New Zealand

Ranking: 5/10

Lake is nice for a swim. Not a place that I would camp at again. The toilet block was new but horrendously smelly. The sandflies and mozzies made it impossible to cook outside, let alone use the toilet anytime in the evening. I wouldn't class this as a 'scenic' ($13pp) sight - it is standard($8) at best, bordering on basic($6). Perhaps it is the boating access (for fishing) that warrants the price? Better off freedom camping in Haast Pass if you're self-contained and not doing activities at the lake.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

Amy Green's avatar

Amy Green

Ranking: 6/10

The sandflies here are terrible, the worst we've experienced on the West Coast so far. Sure, the view of the lake is nice but it's not worth the $13 'Scenic' fee as you can't enjoy being outside here due to the sandflies. This should be an $8 'Standard' campsite. We left first thing in the morning without even eating breakfast as there was no way we wanted to cook outside the car there. We visited 9th December.
The saving feature is that the toilet block is new and nice, with big washing up sinks, running water and flushing toilets.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

Jenny Jaye's avatar

Jenny Jaye

Ranking: 1/10

The toilets are out of order!!! All of them. The fee however is still the same. Lovely campsite, but useless without toilets. Too many sandflies.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

Lotta Vuorjoki's avatar

Lotta Vuorjoki

Ranking: 1/10

Toilets are so awful we left as early as we could to avoid having to use them again. They were not only smelly but full of bugs that flew and crawled around you. Given the provided facilities this should be a free DOC campsite.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

Jack Clise's avatar

Jack Clise

Ranking: 8/10

Great place. Wish I had had a boat. Did go swimming in the clear fresh water. This is a DOC site and campers just kept coming in. There must have been 25 or more in a 10 site facility. No problems however as everyone was well behaved. I doubt many actually paid as they know the chance of actually seeing a DOC ranger is about the same as seeing a Kiwi ( the bird that is).

Reviewed over 4 years ago

P Poiraa's avatar

P Poiraa

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful lake view, specially in the morning! Crowded though, all vans bumping together on the lakeshore. Toilets not too good, no drinking water. 413 each is overpriced for just a view....

Reviewed over 4 years ago

Trent O'Keeffe's avatar

Trent O'Keeffe

Ranking: 8/10

Good amount of sites and nice to wake up to lake view, DOC guy comes round in the morning to collect money, lovely NZ bloke. $13 pp a night.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

Avoid Camping Fines!

Each camping location is approved by a regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Rogina de Jong's avatar

Rogina de Jong

Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful scenery, on the lake! However $13 each was a bit steep for no facilities except a very smelly long drop toilet.
If it's raining, don't camp on the grass in front of the lake. You will get wet ;-)

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

Lavkesh Patel's avatar

Lavkesh Patel

Ranking: 10/10

Access well sign posted (can't miss ), most of the camp site was separated by trees. Some tenters make their home just 4 meters from Lake edge. 4 clean toilets to use. Could not find water tap (except sink at toilet). Million dollar view, out of our 5 nights so far, this is the best location.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

Ingrid Vandaele's avatar

Ingrid Vandaele

Ranking: 6/10

Nice place at the lake, but terrible with all the sandflies. Very basic, no facilities. $13 dollars per night is rather a lot of money for such a basic place.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

Derek Drost's avatar

Derek Drost

Ranking: 7/10

Not a bad DOC camp. Self contained so no opinion on the loo. Was fairly full even in mid September. Heaps of sandflies will greet you in typical West Coast fashion.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

James Cockburn's avatar

James Cockburn

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful spot, although arrive early evening before sundown to get your spot as it filled up rapidly as the evening progressed. Parking spots are close together but it was a good spot to break the journey from glaciers.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

Philippa Buchanan's avatar

Philippa Buchanan

Ranking: 9/10

We arrived in the dark but were impressed by the lush green scenery that we woke to. There are very smelly but spacious drop toilets (not those small plastic mini toilets that the very remote DOC campsites have), but they didn't have a light so take a torch. We had to leave early and the lake was covered in dense mist so we didn't get to appreciate the views. Overall I was very pleased with this pretty site.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

Rita Ashby's avatar

Rita Ashby

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Well typical to the West coast weather, we came when there was a a bit of a weather bomb going over the country, which meant lots of water falling from the skies making for a lot of waterfalls, which were lovely coming through the Haast Pass but we had to be careful and make sure not to park to close to the Lake shore due to excess flooding. Lights in the toilet would of helped and they were a bit smelly so my moko (Granddaughter) informed me. Free campsite pass was used here, am looking forward to returning one day when the weather is better and being able to look at it from a different view point.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

Gay Taaffe's avatar

Gay Taaffe

Ranking: 5/10

This is the the only campground just south of Fox & Franz Josef so it is busy!!! When we arrived at 4pm there were a LOT of people but we found a good space at the lakefront!!! The spaces are designated by rear concrete stops spaced very close together so by mid evening it was like a parking lot with people packed in so close to each other you could hardly get your door open!! Toilets are drop but not smelly and seem to be cleaned every morning... There is one small sink with a dribble of water from the tap. Lots of sand flies ... If you CAN freedom camp then I would definitely go for that rather than be a sardine!!!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

Sarah Gurney's avatar

Sarah Gurney

Ranking: 7/10

Nice basic DOC campsite next to a beautiful lake. The camping spots were just in the carpark so it just depended if you managed to get a good spot if you had a lake view or not. It rained pretty heavily when we were there but luckily there was no flooding like the sign warned. The toilets were fine, just standard longdrop toilets. There was a tap but it wasn't drinking water. A handy spot between Wanaka and the glaciers.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

Caro G's avatar

Caro G

Ranking: 5/10

The lake is a beautiful spot but the sandflies almost ate us alive!!!! We were not able to cook or enjoy outside of the campervan because of them. We won't go back to stay there.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

Rodrigo De Sebastian's avatar

Rodrigo De Sebastian

Spain

Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful spot! Waking up in front of the Lake Paringa is awesome. The place is crowded and the spots are limited. The toilets are not really clean and they smell pretty bad. The price is $6 per person. I reckon the price is a bit high for the poor facilities, but if that money is enough to keep that beautiful place clean and protected.. then it is worth it! So many sand flies, use repellent... the bites are so itchy!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

Alistair Millward's avatar

Alistair Millward

Ranking: 5/10

Campsite not really big enough for the amount of use it gets. Smelly pit toilets. Tent sites not very comfortable - small and stony. You could risk camping on the grass down by the lake but be prepared to move - the lake floods. Good swimming in lake.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

Anja Weppler's avatar

Anja Weppler

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Really beautiful, just a couple of sandflies, but one of the nicest areas I have seen!

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in April 2014

Malcolm & Susan's avatar

Malcolm & Susan

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Great location and lovely views. Simple DOC site but much appreciated. $6pp
[2 senior Scots, 4 week trip, mainly overnight stops, self-contained, Autumn]

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

Bjoern's avatar

Bjoern

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

Nice small lakeside camp with heaps of sandflies.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Colin Billington's avatar

Colin Billington

Australia

Ranking: 5/10

Worst sandflies ever! Facilities just okay, there appears to be a lot of room and not many larger sites, 1 picnic table only - why?

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Christina Habranke's avatar

Christina Habranke

Germany

Ranking: 4/10

No doubt, the lake is very beautiful and worth it to stay. But the DOC campground was really dirty when we arrive. Especially the toilets!!! Someone throwing up because it was so disgusting!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

Hubertus Thost's avatar

Hubertus Thost

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Clean place, good for driving to Milford Sound, costs $6 per person.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Mike Fricker's avatar

Mike Fricker

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

16Apr14, night, $12 per night, 2 of us (50's).
Lovely spot in the trees next to the lake. Great views down by the lakeside. Kea in the trees were a delight. Not too many sandflies when we were there.
Long drop loos not so good. Would give 9 if better.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in April 2014

Paul Wallace's avatar

Paul Wallace

England

Ranking: 4/10

DOC campsite and $6 per person to stay. Long drop toilet that was unclean and stank. Sandflies galore, my wife got bitten 30 times and she was covered in repellant.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

Danyelle Miller's avatar

Danyelle Miller

Australia

Ranking: 3/10

Really poor facilities. No shelter or proper sink. One table, but the lake was flooded so it could not be reached. Toilets (long drops), were really full and stank. But at least a pretty spot.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

mcp hm's avatar

mcp hm

United States

Ranking: 8/10

nice enough spot. we were there in april and there were only a handful of other cars, and a doc ranger stopped by to clean the facilities (but not, conveniently, to check if fees were paid). sooo many sandflies. the warning about the lake flooding freaked us out a little and indeed it rained overnight and there was water edging the sites. didnt affect us, though. the lake is pretty but not as nice as lake gunn at milford, we thought.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in April 2014

Laura Metz's avatar

Laura Metz

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

40km north of Haast. OK, nothing special.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

F Ballard's avatar

F Ballard

France

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice place really, but too many sandfly!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Tom Guthknecht's avatar

Tom Guthknecht

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Yeah try this, but be early. Nice beach and good for swimming. Good bays, facilities ok.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

arnaud paquet's avatar

arnaud paquet

Belgium

Ranking: 7/10

Cheap, 6$ but very crowded as it's the last cheap campground before heading to Mount Aspiring and the road is closed during the night (from 6pm), just a few km after Haast. So everyone coming late stops there.
And the place is full of sandflies as well, so you'd better stay in one of the DOC campsites along the road to Haast Pass but be early :)

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

Camping NZ App Icon

Camping NZ App

Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

Download from the App Store Download Android app on Google Play

Hannah's avatar

Hannah

United States

Ranking: 5/10

This campsite is in a beautiful location right next to the lake. It is an easy drive to the Fox Glacier area if that is where you are coming from/heading. The night we stayed there was quite crowded though. It was the week after Christmas and while we had gotten there early enough to get an "official," numbered tent site, by the time we went to bed, there were tents pitched and camper vans parked in every available space with more folks still rolling through. The facilities (toilets/sinks) needed some maintenance and cleaning. The sandflies were notably bad- the worst of our 1 month trip- but didn't detract from the beauty of the surroundings.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

Engelstatter's avatar

Engelstatter

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Location okay, facilities could be improved.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2013

Caderet's avatar

Caderet

France

Ranking: 10/10

Very nice place.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2013

ramy's avatar

ramy

United States

Ranking: 10/10

We loved this campground. Beautiful lake and views. Small campground but well laid out campsites. Lots of birds.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in April 2013

Rainer's avatar

Rainer

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice location directly at the lake.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2013

jason brock's avatar

jason brock

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

beautiful little campground set on stunning lakeside setting.we arrived here after a long days drive from hokitika,greeted by a stunning afternoon scenery followed by a beautiful morning sunrise over lake paringa,only downfall was those pesky sandfly's,that interupted our afternoon outdoor coffee session

Reviewed over 8 years ago

shaynne thompson's avatar

shaynne thompson

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

absolutely beautiful with the mist rolling across the lake, what a view to wake up to.
If you dont like using long drop toilets, then dont go. i'm sure the doc staff keep them clean, but they cant be responsible for the state that some of the campers leave them in.
- note to other campers - please take your rubbish with you, this is too nice for us to ruin.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

Fernando Martin's avatar

Fernando Martin

Spain

Ranking: 7/10

Nicely placed beside the lake, nice atmosphere although a bit noisy and crowded. We missed some more tables and benches.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2013

Nils Poppenborg's avatar

Nils Poppenborg

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

No drinking water, toilets ok but not more, nice view of the lake and moutains.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

Willem de Jong's avatar

Willem de Jong

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

A lot of sandflies, in the evening it was safe to come out.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

Clare Cannon's avatar

Clare Cannon

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Nice spot, great lake swimming and nice shaded tent areas. Many sandflies though!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

Phil   & Laura's avatar

Phil & Laura

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Another good value DOC. Basic facilities, lovely lakeside location. Popular so an early arrival would secure the best pitch. Sandflies abound, so wrap up or apply the repellant. The only disappointment was other campers leaving their refuse outside the loo block where there was no bin set aside for the purpose. We should help the DOC and at least carry our rubbish away with us for disposal elsewhere.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

Dio's avatar

Dio

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Nice location.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2012

Rocco Christian's avatar

Rocco Christian

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot next to a lake for swimming and fishing. Very cheap!!

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012

sidcupjon's avatar

sidcupjon

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Not a very big site, but quite busy with boats coming and going.

Facilities were among the worst DOCs we stayed at, it seemed more worthwhile to freecamp somewhere than pay the fees for a poor toilet.

The lake is nice but there are much better lakes and there were lots of sandflies

Reviewed over 9 years ago

Gerhard's avatar

Gerhard

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice place with many sandflies.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

Les and Carole Savins's avatar

Les and Carole Savins

England

Ranking: 8/10

Simple, but an amazing location. Needs more toilets.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2011

Graeme's avatar

Graeme

New Zealand

Ranking: 4/10

Could be a nice spot, area to restrictive and crowded. DOC could do better, for that matter in all their parks in Westland.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

Ian & Phyllis's avatar

Ian & Phyllis

United Kingdom

Ranking: 5/10

Beautiful site spoilt (for us) by biting insects - take plenty of repellent! The idea of DOC sites is good in principle.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

mnm's avatar

mnm

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Absolutely beautiful scenery, classic NZ west coast. The campsite was really full when we arrived at 8pm on a Wednesday evening. The sandflies were very persistent - as bad as it gets. The dew was very heavy at night, anything not under cover got completely saturated.
The milky way and other stars at night were absolutely spectacular.
Unfortunately some extremely ignorant and rude visitor had left an unpleasant souvenir under a tree by the stream - very poor etiquette.
The day we packed up was unbelievably stinking hot.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

Stanna's avatar

Stanna

United States

Ranking: 8/10

We camped in a rain storm - very happy to be there.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in February 2010

Margie Sammons's avatar

Margie Sammons

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Beautiful location but insects were a problem.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

HermannR's avatar

HermannR

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great view in the morning. We arrived at night, the next morning just incredibly beautiful.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in April 2009

Wilbert Germ's avatar

Wilbert Germ

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Lake Paringa

Reviewed over 11 years ago

Samantha Piekuta's avatar

Samantha Piekuta

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Camping right by the lake. DOC camp (non commercial). Our holiday started then. Watch out for sandflies and take a fishing rod!

Reviewed over 11 years ago

VacherD's avatar

VacherD

France

Ranking: 8/10

Friendly welcome.

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in February 2009