Cascade Creek Campsite

Cascade Creek Campsite

Milford Rd

Reviews

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Linda

Ranking: 6/10

Price: $15,00 p.p for one night
Location: it is okay, you have mountains around you but the camping is big. 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

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Tanja & Sven

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful landscape and nice place to stay for one night

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Tilly Watermeyer

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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GM

Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Katie

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Timothy Davies

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

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!

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Maggie

Ranking: 6/10

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!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Karl Ohm

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

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.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Georgia

Ranking: 8/10

Great spot if you are heading to the Milford Sound. Reasonably priced. Would recommend this campsite. Just make sure you have some insect repellent :)

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Sally Sargeant-Hu

United States

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Nicki Chow

Canada

Ranking: 6/10

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

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Elin

Ranking: 10/10

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!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Freya

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Megan Belanger

Ranking: 9/10

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!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Ruddah

Ranking: 5/10

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.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Boris Clémençon

France

Ranking: 10/10

Big Perfect place With Clean toilets. Perfect !
13 NZ$ pp.
Thanks new Zealand for this place. We love you !

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Yh kim

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Ranking: 5/10

The good thing is just one that it is close to milford sound. But dirty toilet and terrible sandfly. No dumpstation. Too expensive!!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Inna

Ranking: 5/10

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.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Jeremy

Ranking: 7/10

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.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Franz

Ranking: 8/10

For 8 Dollars it would be a 10 because it's a nice big place and near milford sound

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Nadine

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Cora

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Mitchell

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

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 :)

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Mahi

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Marilli

Ranking: 5/10

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...

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Jonas R.

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Sophie Skinner

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Eranda

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Angela

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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J wells

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Kiri Edwards

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Matt

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Laura Clay

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Huge place. Close to milford sound. Toilets and tables. Would recommend

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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S Weslake

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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The Farrs

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Fiona Walker

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2018

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Clobby

Ranking: 7/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Hanneke van Dijk

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Luis Vigil Vidal

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Fei Fei Lei

Malaysia

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Anika Bedard

Canada

Ranking: 6/10

Very nice location and convenient but they had the dirtiest toilets.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Oceane Imber

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Rasmus Lundgaard Nielsen

Ranking: 5/10

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!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Brigham Edgar

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Gema Frontera

Ranking: 8/10

Good place before Milford.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Julian Kihnle

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Scenic view of the mountains. Very windy at night. Do the natural walk next to the campsite!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Sue Rogers

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Jenny Jaye

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Oz Atiya

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Poppy Ritchie

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Frederick Yott

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing location situated at a creek surrounded by mountains.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Madi

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful location, good facilities, $8 per person.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Bruce Graham

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

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!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Jill Grange

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Lots of information there on nature and trees.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Nathalie Gobin

Ranking: 8/10

Great location, a very convenient spot to get to the 1st cruise in the morning. Beautiful scenery. Toilets very smelly. Very basic facilities.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Shanna de Lang

Ranking: 7/10

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!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Wendy Kildey

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Connie

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Harriet Smith

Ranking: 9/10

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 :/

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Trent O'Keeffe

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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J Dobias

Ranking: 3/10

Quite expensive ($13 per person) for a windy cooking shelter, toilets are ok, annoying sandflies

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Megan Jurgensmeyer

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful views from the campground and very friendly hosts!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Greg MacFire

Ranking: 6/10

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.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Melanie Giroux

Ranking: 8/10

Closest camp to Milford Sound. Toilets are OK. View is good.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Kathy Hart

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Lucia

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Russell Opland

South Africa

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Andrik

Ranking: 3/10

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.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Chadd Holland

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Heng Sing Teh

Malaysia

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Jenny Adams

Ranking: 7/10

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.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Sean Stevens

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Marina

Ranking: 10/10

Very nice with many choices of location along the river and the mountains around you. Last campsite before Milford Sound.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Sam Brydon

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Rachel Macdonald

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Judith Simpson

Ranking: 5/10

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.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Jennifer Brown

United States

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Neil

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

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!

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Yann Le Gac

France

Ranking: 7/10

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.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Miguel

Spain

Ranking: 7/10

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

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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James Webster

Ranking: 8/10

Good size camping area near Milford Sound, very good toilets and lots of them. $6pp, surprisingly no sandflies!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Wilma Senior

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Spacious site ideally situated , just about an hour's drive from Milford Sound. 3 long drop toilets spaced around the site. Walks nearby.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Stefanie Feldman

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Daniel Jarrett

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Nice spot next to the creek with lovely views. DOC prices apply and the facilities are pretty basic.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Douglas Yeates

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent site surrounded by mountains, large site, plenty of space, great for star gazing at night. Peaceful, quiet and easy access to creek.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Tomas Shairi

Ireland

Ranking: 1/10

Shocking, pay money and toilet was horrific especially with ranger onsite.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Sarah Jane O'Reilly

Ireland

Ranking: 1/10

Very poor toilet facilities, smells like the worst ever.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Lionel

France

Ranking: 6/10

Lots of sandflies. And as in any DOC campground, no shower and no place to put a solar shower.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Manuela Michelbach

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Nice views, nice place near the river. Lake Gunn Nature Walk starts at this campsite.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Steffen

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice small places to put up your tent in the woods. Fires allowed.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Johanna Kofler

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice spot but no running water, little too less for $6.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Sarah Christman

United States

Ranking: 6/10

Beautiful location, but not running water. $6 per person.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Austin Johns

United States

Ranking: 8/10

$6 per person, clean but no water. Ranger is amazingly nice and helpful.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Daryl

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Purple and pink flowers are amazing, they are everywhere (at end of December), very pretty scenery, mountains etc.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Maya Bakker-deDreu

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Only toilet and water BUT very quiet and very nice places. Only $6 per person.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Cornelia Stark

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice place.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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FlyingKiwiGirl

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Emeline Dupre

France

Ranking: 8/10

We saw the camp-ground in the mist. It was wet.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Andrew Potratz

United States

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Nigel & Annie Dale

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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patrick+ katerina

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

DOC Campsite. Very nice quite campsite next to the river.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Tim Vennewold

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful location, river was polluted with didymo, very quiet.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Douglas Walker

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Spacious site with lots of good, varied sites. Popular due to proximity to Milford Sound.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Jon Barratt

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Nice space, slightly confusing as to where you can actually park.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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Loic

France

Ranking: 8/10

Near Lake Gunn walk.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Harald

Austria

Ranking: 9/10

Cheap, clean, beside a river.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Mike1952

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Spacious DOC site. Very scenic.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Jensen Bresbenbeek

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Nice place along the river - no tap.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Steve

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Nathanael Boehm

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Becky Edney

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

DOC site - lovely creek location but watch out for the sandflies!!

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Brian Jones

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Lots of sandflies but beautiful scenery.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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DJohnson

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Surrounded by snow covered mountains. camped right beside creeek, had site to ourselves. Great stop over to meet first morning cruise at Milford.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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T Lipscombe

United Kingdom

Ranking: 4/10

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.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Jacob

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Super location, basic facilities.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Natthien Le Gall

France

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome view.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Yvonne German

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

There are lots of nice DOC campgrounds along this road - most of them with amazing views

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Jann Clar

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent walk, easy through old beech forest well maintained arriving at Lake Gunn for spectacular view lovely at sunset. Great campsite.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Suzie Lechner

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Stunning!! Incredible view. Not many services and terrible bugs but so worth the sunset and walk.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009