Sylvan Campsite

Sylvan Campsite - Glenorchy

Sylvan Campsite



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Joseph Buckett

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful campsite!! Nice tidy toilets, very maintained camp area, next to a river and close to lots of walks!

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Ranking: 9/10

The campsite is lovely, near the Routeburn River and bush walks, well maintained with clean long drop toilets and water taps (water to be boiled). Lots of sandflies and can be exposed to strong winds coming down the valley. We only stayed one night as once you've done the walks, admired the river, there's not much else to do except reapply insect repellent!

Our only complaint was our fellow campers, not the campsite itself. Loud talking late at night and a campervan arrived late and slammed its door multiple times. DOC ranger visited in the morning and we were secretly pleased to see the loud talkers busted for not registering or paying ;-)

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Robyn Phillips

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful spot with basic facilities and next to the river. Great place to stay the night before the Routeburn walk.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Elena Rusalen

Ranking: 6/10

Nice site, gravel areas so not boggy in the rain. Long drop toilets and water supply that is 'generally drinkable'. Good location for a lot of scenic walks. Lovely views of the surrounding mountains. Sign is up warning of possible flooding from the river after prolonged rain. Only problem here was I had mice climb in the van in the evening which wasn't ideal. Once you see one every noise at night makes you think it's back. I'd make sure food is put away securely. $13 a night seems a bit much for the facilities, plenty of sites have the same but for 8.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Shanna de Lang

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful view and very nice flat ground to park our campervan!
Toilets present. [Drinking water]
Walking routes to Lake Sylvan start at the campsite. Bit expensive ($13 per person) but the place is very well maintained!

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Angela Dixon

Ranking: 5/10

Would have been 9 if no mice. We had minimal sand flies and loved the views. Another camper mentioned having trouble with a mouse and one got in to our campervan somehow causing poor sleep over night. No sign of it after we left. The direct walk to the lake was great, good swing bridge. The tramway walk was very boggy and marshy though.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Susan H

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely DOC campground with beautiful views of surrounding mountains and soothing sound of the nearby Routeburn River. Extremely well located for both Lake Sylan Walk and Routeburn Track (both start at the campground) and the Routeburn Great Walk (5 km further down gravelled road). Facilities are basic - long drop toilets, clean water supply - good value for NZD 8 per adult per night. Individual sites are well spaced out so you don't feel cramped - many are both levelled and gravelled so easy for camper-vans. Highly recommend.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Rosanne van Dooren

Ranking: 8/10

Nice place to stay Nice walks around. Toilets dirty and no water so only self contained. Can be a bit windy. Beautiful and peaceful we were there alone. Road is ok with 7 meter van.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Tatiana Rochereau

Ranking: 7/10

Cool campsite. Near a stream. Walks. Closest campsite to start of the Routeburn. We stayed 2 nights mid February. No shade. Protect and respect nature!

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Valerie Wee

Ranking: 5/10

Only thing going for this is its accessibility to the start of the Routeburn track. No lights in toilets - no toilet paper in one of the toilets. It was sandfly party hub over here. And no protection from the blustery wind. Only charming thing was a random cow grazing next to our camper van. I guess you pay for what you get i.e NZD6 per person.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Petra Albrchtoval

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful camp with nice mountains and a small track to Lake Sylvan.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Vincent S.


Ranking: 8/10

Nice location with river nears. You have your own little grassy pitch. Nice walk to the lake. Good distance to go on the Routeburn track. Too many sand flies at dusk though. Long drop toilet.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2015

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Sidney Stokkers


Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful spot, when we were there, there were no envelopes. The location stars as Isengard in Lord Of The Rings

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in November 2014

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Kim Frey

Ranking: 7/10

Basic DOC site. Sand flies were bad. Good place to stay the night before if you are looking to start the Routeburn Track or so some day walks.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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mcp hm

United States

Ranking: 10/10

the lake sylvan walk is a gorgeous, enchanted forest. this site is very convenient to the routeburn. two picnic tables. the van spots have some gravel so you wont get stuck in the mud.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Emeline Dupre


Ranking: 9/10

The travel into Queenstown and the campsite is wonderful.-The place is beautiful and not wet.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Philipp Haass


Ranking: 8/10

Nice view $6 per person. Site offered toilets but no showers or electricity. Nice views close to river,

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Francis Runge

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice location by the river, walk to lake.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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United States

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely camp next to the river, has a big grassy area, nice hike to the lake with great swimming and fishing. However as soon as the sun gets ready to set look out! The sand flies are Horrible! And then in the morning as you are just waking they come in the millions! 40% deet only works for a for a little while.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Green UK

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Perfect views and quiet.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Nathanael Boehm

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful campsite right by the Routeburn River, so lovely to fall asleep to. Nice to watch the sun set on Mt Earnslaw with our back to the Humboldt Mountains whilst nestled under the outskirts of the beech forests of Mt Aspiring National Park. Shame about the awful sandflies - persistent buggers weren't even discouraged for long by "bushman" strength 40% DEET spray. Eaten alive. Worth it though. Track to Lake Sylvan nearby where we were treated to our first sighting of a Tui since moving to NZ a year ago.

Reviewed over 10 years ago