Cascade Creek Campsite

Cascade Creek Campsite

Milford Rd


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This large sheltered campsite is suitable for larger vehicles. There are lots of different areas to park up on and call your own and there is a large turning bay at the end of the gravel road.

This is a great place for fishing, swimming, BBQing and walking. The Lake Gunn Nature Walk starts from here, it is a flat, easy, 45 min return walk from the campsite to the edge of Lake Gunn


Feature Value Info


DOC Fiordland

Central government organisation


South IslandFiordlandTe Anau


  • Basic Camping

Operating Season And Hours

This campsite cannot be booked, sites are on a first come basis.


  • 125 Rankers Reviews

    Quick Quotes

    • Very large site for tents and campervan.
    • Near Lake Gunn walk.
    • Nice views, nice place near the river.
    • We saw the camp-ground in the mist.
    • Nice place along the river - no tap.

    Rating Distribution

    Rating Count Percentage
    10/10 20
    9/10 33
    8/10 41
    7/10 12
    6/10 7
    5/10 7
    4/10 1
    3/10 2
    2/10 0
    1/10 2
  • Reviewed over 1 year ago


    Great doc spot.

    One of many along the road. It was massive but quiet when we were there. Great views, helpful doc ranger. Key summit and lake Marion were great day walks

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    The Gillies

  • Reviewed over 1 year ago


    Nice and easy to and from milford sounds.

    Is not worth $15 p.p a night, we have stayed at many DOC sites now loads better than this. Toilets were smelly and sandfly's a plenty. Followed a earlier recommendation to park in an exposed area for a little less sandfly's. This worked

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    Teesh K

  • Reviewed over 2 years ago


    Location: it is okay, you have mountains around you but the camping is big.

    Price: $15,00 p.p for one night

    There is place for more than 50 campers

    Insects: enough! Special a lot of sand flies

    Wc’s: the are clean, longdrop toilets

    Douche: no douche, but there is a creek where you can fresh up

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  • Reviewed over 2 years ago


    Beautiful landscape and nice place to stay for one night

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    Tanja & Sven

  • Reviewed over 2 years ago


    This is a beautiful campsite, surrounded by snow-capped peaks, glacial streams, waterfalls and lakes, and a walkable indigenous forest.

    We stayed here the night before our trip to Milford which was ideal as we had the roads (and free parking at Milford) to ourselves.

    We did the short walk through the forest and swam in the (chilly) stream whilst the sun was out. Highly recommended!

    Basic but adequate ablutions were available.

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    Tilly Watermeyer

  • Reviewed over 2 years ago


    Big camp, lots of space, quite busy but not overcrowded.

    Long drops and cooking shelters and a few cheeky kea.

    When we were there, there were fields of gorgeous purple lupins. The streams running through the camp are also very attractive. Great views of mountains.

    Cost (2p, non-powered): $30

    Location: Beautiful, closest DOC site to Milford Sound

    Facilities: Long drops and cooking shelters

    Value: 7/10

    Sandflies: A few

    X-Factor: Yes

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  • Reviewed over 2 years ago


    Beautiful setting...surrounded by streams, mountains, and wildflowers.

    Pretty busy/vans parked next to each other, but what can you expect? Toilets were fine/as expected.

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  • Reviewed over 2 years ago


    This is a great place to stop at on the way to Milford sound.

    It’s a large site by a river, with a few cooking shelters and decent toilets.

    It rained a lot, but cleared up just in time for the most amazing sunset.

    We got up early and drive to Milford sound on completely empty roads, allowing us to enjoy the views without being stuck in traffic. The sandflys were vicious though, so be warned!

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    Timothy Davies

    United Kingdom

  • Reviewed over 3 years ago


    Pretty much paying for proximity at this campsite.

    The long drop toilets are not too great, but at least have sanitizer. We saw quite a few people using the outdoor kitchens which looked nice. The spots are plentiful and big at least!

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  • Reviewed over 3 years ago


    Great Place.

    Lots of space between two crystal clear creeks. With the toilets it might depend on what day you arrive. It appears that on a Sunday afternoon the toilets may have been serviced for a couple of days because of the weekend. We arrived on the Sunday afternoon and some of the toilets were not in a good state. Maybe they get only cleaned on working days in which case you will find them in good order. Apart from that we had a great time.

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    Karl Ohm


  • Reviewed over 3 years ago


    Great spot if you are heading to the Milford Sound.

    Reasonably priced. Would recommend this campsite. Just make sure you have some insect repellent :)

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  • Reviewed over 3 years ago


    This is a great location!

    The campgrounds has plenty of sites and we were able to enjoy a quiet corner to ourselves. It works as a great spot to stay the night before a Milford Sound early morning cruise.

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    Sally Sargeant-Hu

    United States

  • Reviewed over 3 years ago


    Lots of space!

    Long drop toilets that were kinda gross. Good if you need to get to Milford Sound early the next morning.

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    Nicki Chow


  • Reviewed over 3 years ago


    I don't know why everyone keeps complaining about the toilets, they were totally fine, no smell and had toilet paper.

    Maybe some were better than others but the ones we tried had no issues. Also, we parked in the middle of the campground to have some more wind which means Zero sandflies! Great stargazing at night and close to Milford sound. Overall a really nice experience!

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  • Reviewed over 3 years ago


    Great place to stop before a day at Milford Sound.

    Tucked between the mountains and the forest by the lake it was well sheltered. Very busy but lots of space. Many people leaving early in the morning to go for cruises but not noisy at all. Drop toilets.

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  • Reviewed over 3 years ago


    Great walk by the lake.

    Large open space with plenty of parking. Nice river for a quick swim. There’s water for drinking and cleaning dishes which is great. Self contained and non self contained vehicles, as well as tents, are welcome. Great location. Picnic tables and clean toilets were nice. Little fire places to build a bit of a bbq /campfire if you have some firewood. Only downside is the sand flies - there weren’t a lot but they did bother us a bit when we were sitting outside. But for the area that’s unavoidable!

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    Megan Belanger

  • Reviewed over 3 years ago


    Goods: Last DOC camp on way to Milford.

    We stayed end of January. Drinkable stream flowing, mountain views, heaps of camp sites. Friendly DOC staff.

    Bad: toilets pretty rough if ur woman or need no.2. Sandflies will destroy you! Most we have encountered on our trip.

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  • Reviewed over 3 years ago


    Big Perfect place With Clean toilets.

    Perfect !

    13 NZ$ pp.

    Thanks new Zealand for this place. We love you !

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    Boris Clémençon


  • Reviewed over 3 years ago


    The good thing is just one that it is close to milford sound.

    But dirty toilet and terrible sandfly. No dumpstation. Too expensive!!

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    Yh kim

  • Reviewed over 3 years ago


    Just stopping here because it’s the closest campground to Milford sound.

    It was very crowded. Not loud or anything, just a lot of people. The toilets were really gross. That’s mostly why I’m giving it a 5. Especially since you have to pay $13 pp.. it was beautiful tho. The mountains looked amazing.

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