13 Rankers Reviews
58 Basic Camping
the Tawanui Camping Ground is a huge campsite in a clearing on the side of the river pretty much in the middle of nowhere. Drive along gravel farm roads along Morris Saddle Road off Owaka Valley Road - follow the signs to the campsite. There are picnic tables and rubbish bins.
South Island ▷ Southland ▷ Owaka
Number of tent sites - 60.
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If you’re looking for a quiet site well out of the way you’ll love this spot like we did. We checked out some of the nearby DOC beach sites and found them beautiful but overcrowded. Tawanui has tons of room, flush toilets with TP, and sinks with running water. It’s a series of several open fields segregated by trees and surrounded by farmlands full of cows and sheep. We stayed two nights and no more than six other vehicles were there in a facility that could accommodate fifty.
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Fantastic spot, virtually had Otto ourselves, setup on the side of the river, clean flushing toilets
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Quite green DOC campground surrounded by a beautiful forrest and the Catlin River. Close by is only farmland, you can hear cows and sheep and lots of birds (spotted a tui) - no traffic noise. 2x2 flush toilet, water from the tap (boil it before drinking). No showers, or electricity - self check-in (8$ per person per night). Best to take drinking water with you.
No overcrowding as plenty of room - lots of trees birds and relaxing. You may be lucky to hear a Morepork bird at night. Approx 15-20 mins to Owaka for supplies and great Coffee stops. Campers have access to 2 x 2 flushing toilets. Water tap avail - must be boiled to drink. The Catlins River Walk is said to be awesome. A great place to unwind.
Massive open spaces with a ton of room to find a quiet secluded camp site. Has two toilet blocks with non treated water. Catlins River Walk was beautiful and begins beyond the south west corner of the campsite and travels north west along the river.
Flush toilet with no water... Not maintained at all. It's a shame to pay for this... 7km of gravel road to access.
Rosanne van Dooren
Amazing quiet place, currently no toilets so at the moment self contained price was $8 per person, honesty box. Big place. We were alone it was idyllic.
Nice grassy areas next to the river to park up on. However, basic toilets and no drinking water. River walk was very underwhelming.
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