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
Sandflies: A few
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.
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!
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!
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.
Great spot if you are heading to the Milford Sound. Reasonably priced. Would recommend this campsite. Just make sure you have some insect repellent :)
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.
Lots of space! Long drop toilets that were kinda gross. Good if you need to get to Milford Sound early the next morning.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Big Perfect place With Clean toilets. Perfect !
13 NZ$ pp.
Thanks new Zealand for this place. We love you !
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The good thing is just one that it is close to milford sound. But dirty toilet and terrible sandfly. No dumpstation. Too expensive!!
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 $13 pp.. it was beautiful tho. The mountains looked amazing.
Very nice campsite next to the river, most of it is very open without much shade. There are 2 shelters, some BBQ pits and the toilets are ok (long drops). Sandflies of course, and there is a marked track around the lake but didn't walk it.
For 8 Dollars it would be a 10 because it's a nice big place and near milford sound
We stayed at Cascade creek for one night when going to milford sound. Overall the site was okay. The toilette is not flushable but was clean. Due to its proximity to milford sound we can recommend the site for those who want to be at milford early. Traveling time to milford about an hour. Can get crouded in the evening don't go there too late.
Incredible location surrounded by the mountains, with a lovely babbling stream and a meadow of lupine, simply stunning. Their are plenty of drop toilets which are well maintained and there are loads of pitches. Some sand flies but not hoards. Lovely walk to Lake Gunn the outlet is well worth a look.
A great place to camp as it is the closest camping spot to Milford Sound. Weather can be very wet which is typical of the area but cooking shelters are provided. Heaps of sand flies so watch out :)
Very large site for tents and campervan. A lot of space, even mid December. Awesome sunset behind the mountains. We didn't use the facilities though. Very beautiful river and flowers views. Mist in the morning.
The camp is big and beautiful with all these Lupin flowers!
And the best thing is the walk in the red beech woods there! Amazing 😍
And it’s the last ‚cheap‘ camp before milford sound.
But I only give 5 stars because you pay 13$ pp for a stinking toilet full of shit, even on the seat... so I wonder what they use the 13$ for...
Cheapest place around milford but still a little too expensive. What can you do? If you want to go to milford and stay one night go here. It is the closest one and offers drop toilets and nice views. Can get very windy in spring.
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You’re paying for the proximity to Milford rather than facilities, but it’s worth it to have a shorter drive to Milford in the morning. Big site, lots of space, recently renovated facilities - clean drop toilets, tap to help with washing up and some covered bench areas to prepare food/eat out of the wind. 13$pp. Nice friendly rangers.
A lot of marked camping areas. $13 pp, toilets are there. The last camping area before Milford Sound. It was freezing cold, my pen didn't work to write down the details on the camping slip.
First of the DOC camps when leaving from Milford. Stunning views and loads of space next to the streams. Has drop toilets, kitchen/food area, water and fire pits. Some sand fly's. Right next to the Gunn Lake Walk. Beautiful place to enjoy the national park from.
Quiet spot with lots of space and good access. There are drop toilets. View is probably very nice but hidden by thick cloud when we were there in September.
Really pretty site with great facilities. Clearly has been a lot of work put into it. Has multiple undercover sitting area and toilets. Also able to have fires in designated spots. Gravel roads and parking spots. Surrounded by an amazing creek and towering mountains. Last DOCS camping site before Milford. Out money in box for ranger to collect.
Amazing location. This is a huge site with plenty of creekside views. Probably the most scenic view we had from a spot in our van our whole trip of the creek and the Eglinton valley behind. Toilets were gross but wasn’t expecting much. Gravel surfaces which is nice for the rainy climate.
Huge place. Close to milford sound. Toilets and tables. Would recommend
Large, level, gravel area for many camper vans and tents. Very remote, super quiet and peaceful. Just lovely. Only a few sandflies during our stay. Lovely walks around the area and this is the last campsite before Milford Sound (50 min drive). Several drop loos, sheltered areas for cooking or keeping out of the rain, and even fire pits scattered around. I did not have a problem paying $13 per person, the DOC put a lot of work into places like these, and in protecting the environment. Thanks for providing such a lovely space.
Good, LARGE DOC site $13/person taken by doc representative at entry. Walking track on site, cooking shelters, multiple toilet blocks (long drops, no lighting), large water drums with tap (not for drinking unless boiled). Last spot before milford and good for catching a morning boat.
The place is fabulous! You can swim near the camp site or near Lake Gunn- trout in the water too! The walks are great- seeing the South Island Robin was awesome. Kea fly up in the mountains, and the morepork at night are amazing. The toilets are long drops and can smell, but no worse than some others. We had a great time and I have recommended it to all my friends.
A massive site which was not what we expected from the Rankers description, obviously expanded by DOC since it was listed. The gravel areas were great for vans, but there were more limited options for tents. The toilets were smelly but typical of the ‘drop’ type so that was expected. Lots of sandflies though that was also expected. Location for Milford Sound is why we stayed and I guess will be the reason most people will use it, so users should just temper their expectations.
Hanneke van Dijk
Beautiful location, nice view of the mountains and there's a walk to the lake. Ideal location close to Milford Sound (the last campsite before Milford Sound). One of the largest DOC-sites I've seen so far, a bit too large and not enough trees yet. But the campsite has been renovated not long ago, the toilet and camp kitchen are new and new trees are already planted so in a few years it will look less massive. 13 dollar p.p.
Luis Vigil Vidal
Huge place! Probably they can fit all the campervans from the country. Many drop toilets, clean. Nice walk to the lake. The best option if going to Milford Sound next morning as it is the last free camp on the way. Honesty box and the ranger pass at afternoon to check everything.
Fei Fei Lei
Big camping area before Milford. Free with camp pass. Portable toilets with no flush water and some were smelly. Nice mountains view with many picnic tables. Quiet place to stay.
Very nice location and convenient but they had the dirtiest toilets.
Absolutely amazing campground. This is the last campground before Milford and it’s definitely worth it. The views are stunning, there is a short walk nearby which is really great! The toilets were clean and there was an access to water.
Rasmus Lundgaard Nielsen
The toilets reeked and did not have toilet seats! It was windy and didn’t offer any other facilities. We stayed for 1 night on our way to Milford Sound which is only 1hour from the campsite, but $13 per person was too pricey for a smelly toilet!
Stunning sites along the creek if you get one. Quiet, scenic and just fantastic. There was construction at one end and in peak times this camp would be packed with 100’s of vehicles...it’s huge. If your next to the creek your in a gravel car park though which would be a 3/10.
Good place before Milford.
Scenic view of the mountains. Very windy at night. Do the natural walk next to the campsite!
What an amazing spot to camp, with trout in the river and snow capped mountains behind you it was certainly a pretty place to wake up in.
Definitely check out the forest on the right when you drive in it's like something out of Harry Potter, the way everything is covered in moss.
It's the last campsite before Milford Sound, great location if you got an early cruise. Nice view, lots of picnic tables, shelters & space for many cars. There are many toilet houses, but they are not open yet. Instead there are only two or three tiny, smelling drop toilets. $13 per person at the moment.
This Doc's camping site is undergoing construction, unlike the southern Doc camping grounds, this one is brand new! We didn't knew that at first and spend one night at the Deer Flat camp site which is muddy and not that good as the next few ones on the way to Milford Sound.
If you need a Doc camp site, this is the one for you!! Plenty of space, new toilet cabins spread everywhere, there are fire places next to the woods.
Felt too bad we didn't stayed there both nights if we saw it first.
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Stunning mountain views, plenty of spaces, really handy for Milford Sound-only 1 hours drive. Under construction when we were there so no shelter and only one very smelly portaloo type toilet but still worth it for the location. Pretty expensive at $13 per person, honesty box payment system in winter.
Amazing location situated at a creek surrounded by mountains.
Beautiful location, good facilities, $8 per person.
A beautiful spot and great place to stay before going to Milford which is only 1 hour away. Take cash so you can pay for the camp spot!
Lots of information there on nature and trees.
Great location, a very convenient spot to get to the 1st cruise in the morning. Beautiful scenery. Toilets very smelly. Very basic facilities.
Shanna de Lang
Good campsite. Toilet was like most public toilets we have seen here: basic but toilet paper present so that was nice! Lake Gunn easily accessible from here. Booked a kayak tour next morning at Milford Sound, starting at 8 am, and drove there in approximately 1 hour (but were lucky at the tunnel because we were so early). Bit overpriced ($13 per person), but still cheaper than in Milford!
This has been my best place to stay in NZ. $13 a head is nothing compared to the experience I've had here. The amazing walk around the forest will blow your mind and the facilities are excellent with plenty of toilets and water. Lots of people here but to share the experience although no one got in anybody's way. Only disappointment was it was raining so couldn't enjoy a fire.
Amazing ranger who was just so friendly. You can pay by card here if the ranger is about but best to have cash. It is expensive at $13 dollars per person but we found it was our only option for an early Milford sound trip. Toilet was ok but there was lots of space for everyone to set up camp.
Super friendly Rangers. Lots of space to park. Beautiful setting. Heaps of toilets available, yet people still think it's ok to poo in the woods :/
Large site with plenty of options having sites in the open or nestled in trees, lots of picnic tables and friendly campers. Last campsite before Milford Sound. Only downfall was the fish smelling toilet.
Quite expensive ($13 per person) for a windy cooking shelter, toilets are ok, annoying sandflies
Beautiful views from the campground and very friendly hosts!
Huge campsite with lots of dry toilets. But way too expensive now !!! $ 13 per person. This is the last before Milford Sound. There is room for shelter if it rains. People DOC actually go around ALL vans! All campsites are the same price before Milford.
Closest camp to Milford Sound. Toilets are OK. View is good.
Nearest DOC site to Milford (allow 1 hour drive from here to Milford Sound). Nice plots to nestle into trees, plus big wide flat areas. Toilets very smelly, so we used our own in the motor home. In a large wide open space, what makes a carload of backpackers park right next to us in car playing very loud music till late (and this was in May)? Ruined the ambiance a bit. Hate to think how busy this place would be in Summer, but very scenic and convenient nonetheless. Did not do any of the walks as it was raining heavily.
Nice spot, we were camping next to the creek close to the forest - far enough from the toilets so we weren't disturbed by the smell :)
If you are farther away from the trees, it might get windy around you.
It gets quite crowded towards the evening and in the morning people get up and leave early for the morning cruises. But still it is a relaxed spot and you can enjoy the nature around you.
You can access the nice little Lake Gunn walkway, which is actually more a forest walk through the amazing rainforest.
It is a very large open area, between the forests and the mountains. The toilets are long drops, and smell appalling. A great overnight spot on the way to Milford, as you can comfortably drive in to catch a morning cruise.
Busy busy busy! Very muddy, no real space for tents and not enough toilets for the number of campers. Stay at one of the other sites and drive the extra 20 minutes in the morning.
This was one of our favourite camp spots on the entire island. It was magical! We found a beautiful spot for our camper and explored the beautiful surrounding forest. It was like being in Lord of the Rings. There are drop toilets which are well maintained and plenty of private spaces to park a camper.
Heng Sing Teh
A superb DOC site with an awesome view. $6 per person. It's the nearest DOC site to Milford Sound. It gets really cold at night with the strong wind but then with such an awesome view, I will come back again.
Stayed here ready for an early start to Milford. Large area, plenty of room if you arrive late. Tents were set up in the forest for extra shelter. Toilets were long drop and some rather stinky, as expected really. Could not find any water taps or sinks so make sure you have washing up water with you.
Beautiful location, possibly best short rainforest walk in NZ. It is apparent this site is used a lot and campervans and cars a sprawled a little inconveniently. DOC do have a large presence here due to its popularity.
Very nice with many choices of location along the river and the mountains around you. Last campsite before Milford Sound.
The area around this campsite is just stunning. Lake Gunn - wow. The nature walk is also lovely. The campsite is a large area surrounded by native beech forest and a small river. Sadly the river has didymo and this spoils the look of it, although it is full of young trout and we saw a large eel. There are robins scavenging among the camp sites. It gets very crowded at dusk as it is the last campsite along the Milford Road - too crowded really. However, the lake sold it for me. As per usual, some idiots shit in the forest instead of in the long drops. And others leave bags of rubbish.
This is a gorgeous campground with stunning mountains in every direction. Great base for Milford Sound. Large enough for over 100 vehicles. It was busy when we were there but as it's so big and spread out it didn't feel that busy. We camped right at the far end near the river and had a BBQ for dinner and a swim 50m down from the bridge. Chilly but fun. I recommend the easy Gunn Lake nature walk as well. Magical green mossy forest walk.
Beautiful creek and wild flowers but campsites are just random and in an open field. Toilets smelt very bad from far away. This campsite was very busy so it was hard to find a nice spot to park and for the $6 per person fee I would have hoped for better servicing of the toilets. Overall this site did not have a nice feel to it.
We stayed here after kayaking in Milford Sound. We had an incredibly long day and were able to roll in and find a spot all the way at the end before the bridge next to the river. Only $6 per person.
LOTS of toilets and flat sections, for both cars and tents. Far more than 20 spaces, I'd say there are at least 50 vehicles spread around here tonight and it's not crowded at all. Most sites are somewhat exposed to the windy conditions and I couldn't find tap water anywhere. They are also out of payment slips the second night we're here, so perhaps didn't expect such a big turnout this weekend (after Christmas) either? DOC warden just came by and said over 200 vehicles since yesterday morning so more like 100 spaces a night!
Yann Le Gac
Convenient location as we were coming back from Milford sound and did not want to spend $50 on an average camp site there.
$6 pp at this DoC campground. We arrived at night and the camping spots can be difficult to figure out. Could be quite muddy, not a problem on that night as the ground was frozen. Pick a sheltered spot. We took an unsheltered one and it got quite windy.
Nice campsite with a lot of space. There's a river close to it (no water though), several toilets and also some shelter if you set up the tent under the trees in the forest. It can be quite cold in night even in summer. Usual fee for a basic DOC campsite - 6$. The best of this place is that it's the point where it starts the Lake Gunn Nature Walk
Good size camping area near Milford Sound, very good toilets and lots of them. $6pp, surprisingly no sandflies!
Spacious site ideally situated , just about an hour's drive from Milford Sound. 3 long drop toilets spaced around the site. Walks nearby.
Location: amazing and wonderful views, mountains around, purple flowers, spacious, close to a pretty lake and close to reach activities in Milford Sounds
Sanitary facilities: horrible loo
Value for money: worth the money due to nice views
others: sandflies all over, no place to put rubbish, would definitely stay there again.
Nice spot next to the creek with lovely views. DOC prices apply and the facilities are pretty basic.
Excellent site surrounded by mountains, large site, plenty of space, great for star gazing at night. Peaceful, quiet and easy access to creek.
Shocking, pay money and toilet was horrific especially with ranger onsite.
Sarah Jane O'Reilly
Very poor toilet facilities, smells like the worst ever.
Lots of sandflies. And as in any DOC campground, no shower and no place to put a solar shower.
Nice views, nice place near the river. Lake Gunn Nature Walk starts at this campsite.
Nice small places to put up your tent in the woods. Fires allowed.
Nice spot but no running water, little too less for $6.
Beautiful location, but not running water. $6 per person.
$6 per person, clean but no water. Ranger is amazingly nice and helpful.
Purple and pink flowers are amazing, they are everywhere (at end of December), very pretty scenery, mountains etc.
Only toilet and water BUT very quiet and very nice places. Only $6 per person.
Very nice place.
Stayed 12 days at Cascade Creek, great location for exploring Milford Road. Good DOC site except in need of a couple more toilets along bush edge particularly in the middle of this large site. Get there reasonably early for a good site and don't stay under the trees if you want to avoid the sandflies or at least some of them.
We saw the camp-ground in the mist. It was wet.
Nice DOC site near Milford Sound. We were there at a pretty slow time of year, but this campground was still almost entirely full.
One of the few DOC spots on the South Island with fire pits, too, so be sure to arrive early if you want one of those.
Nigel & Annie Dale
Beautiful scenery & nice location. Our stay was unplanned as Milford Sound road closed, but so glad we did. Doc site so $6 per adult & only facilities are long drop toilets. Nice 40 minute circular nature walk to Lake Gunn, well signposted.
DOC Campsite. Very nice quite campsite next to the river.
Beautiful location, river was polluted with didymo, very quiet.
Spacious site with lots of good, varied sites. Popular due to proximity to Milford Sound.
Nice space, slightly confusing as to where you can actually park.
Near Lake Gunn walk.
Cheap, clean, beside a river.
Spacious DOC site. Very scenic.
Nice place along the river - no tap.
Nice site and views, close to Milford Sound so you can do the scenic road early next morning. Plus, the early tour of Milford Sound to avoid the pack.
We got a lovely spot right in under the forest; sandflies were a bit of a bother but we survived. Opened out onto a field full of colourful lupins with a view a waterfall in the nearby mountains.
DOC site - lovely creek location but watch out for the sandflies!!
Lots of sandflies but beautiful scenery.
Surrounded by snow covered mountains. camped right beside creeek, had site to ourselves. Great stop over to meet first morning cruise at Milford.
Sites along their road need to be better regulated with defined sites for each unit and facilities more adequate to the numbers crowding into them.
Super location, basic facilities.
Natthien Le Gall
There are lots of nice DOC campgrounds along this road - most of them with amazing views
Excellent walk, easy through old beech forest well maintained arriving at Lake Gunn for spectacular view lovely at sunset. Great campsite.
Stunning!! Incredible view. Not many services and terrible bugs but so worth the sunset and walk.