Otaio Gorge Campsite

Otaio Gorge Campsite

Gordons Valley


Amber's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great spot for our first night of our holiday! Paid site but was reasonable for what you got. Running (cold) water and flushing toilets were great and meant that we could have a wash after a couple of days of travelling! There was a gorgeous river just a short 5 mins walk from the campsite that you could explore, which was shallow enough to paddle in. It was quite busy with a few families (I think it was the summer holidays) which was a bit of a downside but everyone was friendly and not too noisy considering the number of children! A bit of a drive on a rough track but that meant the setting was beautiful. All in all a great stay! :)

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2018

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Jarod's avatar



Ranking: 6/10

Wonderfully isolated but quite a drive to get to. Quite pretty nature but can definitely find better in NZ. Flush toilet had a few cobwebs inside so not great for arachnophobes. All around decent.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in November 2017

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Katie Marx

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful setting. Green fields, even in the height of summer, and a river that you can swim in. Clean toilets, good value for money and a small shelter if you need.
The site itself is an open paddock, so you might struggle with privacy during busier times.

While we were there the choice spots were taken up by seemingly long term campervan residents who had set up fairly spacious arrangements for themselves and gone so far as to set up gardens and verandas. They were friendly and welcoming, but again this might be an issue in busier times.

Definitely worth a visit, and especially a swim :)

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Lavkesh Patel

Ranking: 9/10

Nice green ground with next to a river bridge. When we reached it, it was raining. Little shelter (2 people can stand under) with 3 flush toilets. Nice mountain view.
It's 25km inland from the main highway (if you drive from Dunedin).

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Nina James


Ranking: 10/10

This camping ground is well worth the drive from the main road. We stayed on a Tuesday night after a long weekend, and had the place all to ourselves. Unfortunately whoever had stayed there over the long weekend had decided to leave their rubbish behind, but at least they'd left the fire pit well stocked with wood. Make sure you have a good supply of water because there is none available at the site. A peaceful secluded spot with a gentle creek alongside it, lots of native birds, and surrounded by farmland. We fell in love with the place instantly, so we removed the rubbish ourselves and settled in for what was easily a highlight of our trip. Highly recommended.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in October 2014