Tawanui Campsite

Tawanui Campsite

Catlins Coast



12 Rankers Reviews

4 Face-to-Face

137 Basic Camping

11 Owaka



Fishing at Tawanui Camping Ground


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.


Feature Value Info


South IslandSouthlandOwaka


  • Basic Camping





  • Unpowered Campsite

    Number of tent sites - 60.

    Adult $8/day
    Child $4/day


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Vicki Hoskinson


Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic spot, virtually had Otto ourselves, setup on the side of the river, clean flushing toilets

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Marty's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Crewe's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Danielle Smith

Ranking: 7/10

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.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Damien Constantin

Ranking: 1/10

Flush toilet with no water... Not maintained at all. It's a shame to pay for this... 7km of gravel road to access.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Rosanne van Dooren

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Alex Goddard

Ranking: 6/10

Nice grassy areas next to the river to park up on. However, basic toilets and no drinking water. River walk was very underwhelming.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Fabulous DOC campground on the banks of the Catlin River and at the beginning of the Catlins River Walk. Large grassed areas to camp, if you are self contained drive down the gravel track to smaller more intimates area right beside the river. Quiet & peaceful.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Nick Morrison

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