Deer Valley Campsite

Deer Valley Campsite

Lewis Pass


19 Rankers Reviews

5 Face-to-Face

4 Springs Junction


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The view from Deer Valley Camping Ground
Tight turns at Deer Valley Camping Ground


A small campsite on grassy flats next to the Lewis River. It is quite tight to turn at the end of the road - so check if you have room, or at least to ability to back out. This site is close to the St James walkway, and only about 10km from Maruia Springs.


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DOC Canterbury

Central government organisation


South IslandCanterburySprings Junction


  • Basic Camping


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Sarah's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

cute place by a stream, only two other cars were there, lots of privacy, gets a little chilly at night & the toilet was what you’d expect, needs a clean

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Anthony Hemopo

Ranking: 6/10

Nice spot. Quite cold in the morning. A little hard to find from the North. Needs better signage. Toilet was unclean as well.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

Andrik's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Basic DOC camp ground. There is a $5 honesty fee. Is in a valley so gets freezing cold overnight even in summer. Couple of sandflies around too so pack the repellent!

Reviewed about 6 years ago

Mike's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

A good little campsite right on the river but close to the road. The toilet smells because they do!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Roland Stollenwerk

Ranking: 9/10

Great location, well managed, right at the river with plenty of spaces and sandflies.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Jan mentink

Ranking: 8/10

A bit cold this winter, but a fine site. Quiet in the night, hardly no traffic. Toilet was clean. We were alone and stayed one night after a satisfying Maruia hotpool.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

Sona's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice spot, but we arrived on a rainy day and there were so many sandflies that we had to jump back on the car and keep on going. Also quite noisy from the road nearby, but that was probably worsened by the wet surface.

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Bert Gielen

Ranking: 7/10

Basic and remote camping ground. Good for some quiet time. Toilet was not too clean.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Stefanie Feldman


Ranking: 9/10

Location: very pretty view, in the mountains, mornings are beautiful there, spacious, little corners so no need to stay too close
Sanitary facilities: well - free site, expect a smelly loo
lots of sandflies though, would stay there again.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Jack Clise

Ranking: 5/10

Too cold and closed in. Close to Lewis Pass so the altitude is an issue in any season other than full summer.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Moudry Vojtech

Czech Republic

Ranking: 7/10

Long drop toilet, easy to find, wind shelters, nice and free spot and convenient distance after visit of Hamner Springs pools.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Andreas Mouteiro


Ranking: 10/10

Great place directly at the river.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Kathy Hart


Ranking: 6/10

Has the smelliest and dirtiest long drop I have ever seen, well overdue for a good clean inside the shed. Otherwise pleasant spot by river, just off main road.

Reviewed almost 8 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