White Horse Hill Campground

White Horse Hill Campground

Hooker Valley - Aoraki/Mount / Mt Cook



217 Rankers Reviews

92 Face-to-Face

122 Basic Camping

12 Mount Cook



White Horse Hill Camping Ground


$15 (adults), $7.50 (children) Campsite at Aoraki/Mount Cook

White Horse Hill Campsite is set amongst the stunning backdrop of Mount Sefton and Aoraki/Mount Cook. Traveller reviews show it to be one of the most popular camping spots in New Zealand.

Facilities are basic but the views are top notch. The White Horse Hill campsite is also the start point of many popular walks. This campspot is 2km out of Aoraki/Mount Cook Village where you can buy basic supplies and visit the information centre to read about the history of the area and to work out what walks and adventures you will take part in.


Feature Value Info


South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzieMount Cook


  • Basic Camping





  • Campervan/Tent Site

    Number of campervan sites - 50. Number of tent sites - 50.

    Adult $15/day
    Child $7.50/day


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Linda's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Price:$15,00 for one night p.p
Location: fantastic view
Insects: no
Wc’s: clean
Douche: no

It’s busy so be there on time. It's great to make a walk and enjoy the wonderful nature!

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Robert Adler

Ranking: 10/10

This was a great DOC campsite - the space is very open and you can't beat the views. Plus, the toilet facilities are very good and plentiful. I had no problem spending $15 per person for this site.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Thangs's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

We stayed on a good day when we could see the mountains surrounding us - this was fantastic. It is a popular and crowded site given that there aren’t many sites at Mt Cook itself. There are toilets but no showers. A shelter too. Next to the Hooker Valley Track.

Reviewed 3 months ago

A&S's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely loved this place. Was perfect for self contained vehicles and those who pitched their tents. Great flushing toilets and a shelter to chill (keep warm) in. Friendly ducks and rabbits roaming around, and awesome trails to walk. Don’t forget to sign in and pay, as the DOC workers do the rounds. A&S

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Howie's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Good crowded in March -the weather was fine- many tents, so there were some ques at the toilets. Good location for hiking. Kitchen is tidy, but no hot water or electricity.

Reviewed 3 months ago

Daniel's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Awesome views! DOC site so you will need cash. Paid $30 for 2. There is a shower at the nearby village that is $2 for 3 minutes of hot water. There is a restaurant there as well which is not too bad. The site fills up heaps during the day but most are busy there to hike and not use the campsite. Has basic facilities. Worth staying at for the great views of the snow capped mountains

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Sandra Forstner

Ranking: 8/10

Directly at the starting point of the trails. Simple with toilets (clean) and kitchen/sitting area (only sinks, no stove, water is drinkable). Crowded when weather is fine. Parked first at the parking area and moved the van to campground area around 6:00 pm, still lot of space (but weather forecast was not good for the following days)

Reviewed 4 months ago

Amy's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

Yes, the site is beautiful and close to all the main tracks, but it also means that it is EXTREMELY crowded (>100 Campervans, >50 tents). It’s basically a big parking lot with some humpy grass with many stones in the middle and around. Toilets are relatively clean, but there can be a wait. It felt a bit like a festival, including the music, musquitos and crowds.
In daytime there are many ducks walking around the airing for you to feed them (please dont), at night Kea’s are present. Although beautiful to see, they make a lot of noise throughout the whole night and they are quite aggressive (poked a hole in our tent, although we didn’t have food in it).
Drinking water available. In case of good weather you’re able to see the stars at night :)
In conclusion, an ok spot for a night to access the hikes, but expect crowds. Best time to arrive is probably the end of the morning, when campervans are leaving.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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