St Bathans Campsite

St Bathans Campsite


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A basic campsite in a remote and historic area, explore the St Bathans township of mountain bike the Otago Rail Trail. Primo.


Feature Value Info


DOC Otago

Central government organisation


South IslandCentral OtagoRanfurly


  • Basic Camping
  • Free


Jenny's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

You can walk from this campsite to the lake and the tiny township. Even though there is plenty of space DOC limits it to ten vehicles so worth getting there earlier and then visiting the lake. Nice peaceful setting with great views of the countryside.

Reviewed 23 days ago

Mike's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great spot. I use this place often when travelling down south. Has a long drop and water (boil first)
Never very crowded, and a short stroll to the Vulcan hotel for a pint!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Leanne's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

This place is a real gem. Essentially a well maintained paddock amongst farmland with a few trees with one portaloo. Next to a very beautiful quintessential old gold mining town with a man-made lake. Loved this site a real highlight.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Tom's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

An amazing secluded spot with fantastic views of the mountains, and an easy walk to Blue Lake. There is a very clean long drop and water tap, not drinking water though. Gave it an 9 as the entrance is to tight for large vehicles, we are 10 metres, and there tracks leading onto the main camping area had deep potholes and ruts. We parked at the entrance rather than inside the domain itself.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Peter Nesnebse

Ranking: 9/10

Very peaceful spot surrounded by hills. Plenty of space! Single toilet was in fine condition.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Jay W's avatar

Jay W

Ranking: 8/10

Massive flat camp site in a beautiful secluded spot - great for dogs to hoon around in the long grass. So quiet - we were alone when we stayed. Really clean long drop toilet and water (boil before use). Perfect if you're looking for peace and quiet in a gorgeous setting.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

WATERS's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic secluded spot peaceful & relaxing place to stay there is 1 toilet & tap for water which states must be boiled before drinking or cooking first

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Miguel's avatar



Ranking: 6/10

Big camping ground in the middle of nowhere, but it's FREE. No water, some benches and there's only one toilet. The ground it a little "wavy". I can't grade it better because it was the coldest night we had in New Zealand! In the morning our tents were completely frozen :S

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2015

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Andrew Kermode


Ranking: 8/10

This is a great spot for self contained vans to stay the night. There is a toilet and running water but not much else except peace and quiet in the middle of nowhere. There is a box for donations to help maintain the site. The domain is located just a couple of kilometers from the Vulcan Tavern and Blue Lake walk.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

AlanDaniel's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

What a place! Loads of character, loads of history and almost deserted. It was so quiet that we stayed in the old diggings car park after checking at the pub. Be sure to stop in for a drink and a chat, just so you know how good a pub should be.
Great spot for pictures when the pool is calm. Be lulled to sleep by the sound of banjos.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

This is a very secluded, very basic campsite... exactly what we were looking for! Facilities are a tap and a long drop toilet.

The shelter belt is pretty sparse, so expect high winds at this spot. We arrived in the drizzle, and it blew for the three days we stayed here. Hay fever can be an issue in the summer months in this area.

The things we really loved about this spot were 1)There was no one else around 2)The only noises were the wind and sheep 3)sunset 4)The Nearby Vulcan hotel and St Bathan's township.

This is a superb spot if you don't want to have to share a campsite with 100's of other people and you are a fully self reliant camper.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in December 2009

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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