Macetown Campsite

Macetown Campsite




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365 Basic Camping

12 Arrowtown



The road out to Macetown


It is an adventure to get out to the Macetown Camping Ground. You can 4WD, walk or mountain bike here - there are 23 river crossings through very cold water so be prepared! It is important to know what the weather is doing before you embark on your mission, in the winter it's not such a good idea as the river can be impassible.

The campsite itself is fantastic, there are interpretation panels that tell stories of what happened during the gold rush as it is one of Otago's most intact historic goldfield towns.

This historic site is protected by law - the removal of any material is illegal.


Feature Value Info


South IslandQueenstown RegionArrowtown


  • Basic Camping
  • Free




Scott's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

Tried to get there in an xtrail. Got about 1.5k and couldn't get up a big uneven ramp directly after a river crossing.

I should add I'm not an experienced 4x4 driver and it may well be fine for those who are.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Judith & John Bishop's avatar

Judith & John Bishop

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Macetown is a beautiful spot but only accessable by 4WD in the right weather. Long drop toilets only. We only did a day trip as could not take our motorhome in.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Nick Morrison

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