Deer Flat Campsite

Deer Flat Campsite

Milford Rd - Fiordland National Park


34 Rankers Reviews

12 Face-to-Face

10 Te Anau


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Plenty of space
Swims on!
nice flat campsites.


62km along the Milford Road from Te Anau. A huge camping area with massive open grassy areas or private bit of beech forest to call your own for the night. The campsite is right next to the Eglinton River and there is a good swimming hole next to the little hill in the middle of the campsite. There are picnic tables, but fires are prohibited. Easy access for large vehicles, although there has been some issues with flooding which may restrict access to some sites and facilities.


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.


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Rochelle 🥰's avatar

Rochelle 🥰

Ranking: 9/10

Gorgeous spot! About 1 hour from Te Anau & 1:10 from Milford Sounds (in a campervan). Right on the right and under the mountains. Long drop in pretty good condition & well maintain.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Instantly Lost

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing spot under the trees next to the river. Came in Winter so not a soul around. Surrounded by mossy hills, trees, snow capped mountains and rushing river. Even found a geocache right near the site.
Pit toilets a little scary but useable.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Rod K

Ranking: 9/10

You're spoilt for choice along this road for DOC campsites, so after driving into a couple of potential sites, we settled on Deer Flat.
There's lots of good camp sites under the trees but we chose a spot out in the open next to the river.
The place was near deserted even though it was early January.
The sites are flat and the grass is short.
Views are awesome! We had a gentle breeze so sandflies weren't a problem
Toilets are long drop but were clean, didn't smell and had decent toilet paper.
Really really pleased with this site.
The bonus in the morning was the short drive to the Mirror Lakes where there was a coffee cart that had eftpos!

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Jenny and Barry

Ranking: 7/10

Nice place for a stopover to Milford Sound. Plenty of space and lovely view of the mountains

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Pat Burns


Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful views! Great stop on way to Milford Sound. Only 1 hour drive away. Lots of space. Lovely river surrounded by mountain views. We camped in the trees for shade but river flats had best views. Drop toilets only okay

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Klex Becker

Ranking: 10/10

Very nice view at the surrounding mountains. The sunset and the changing colours are great. All spots are flat and the river is a wonderful but refreshing bath.
Drop toilet was OK but the sandflies are terrible if the wind has gone.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Ranking: 8/10

Pretty view of mountains and river very close, can't park alongside river though. Quite busy with lots of spots. Drop toilets were adequate. Few sandflies around.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in November 2017

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Maggie Konstanski

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful views of the mountains and right on a river. Lots of spots. Two drop toilets but no water. Sandflies were rather pesky, but to be expected.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Ylva Teleman


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing views and plenty of space with a great access to a breathtakingly clear and beautiful river. Clean toilets, unfortunately lots of sandflies.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2017

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Ina and Max


Ranking: 3/10

Location was very nice, but the price was $13 per person, too much if there is no kitchen, shower, toilet......

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Chris Beer

Ranking: 2/10

The only good thing about this campsite was the river and trees surrounding. We payed $13 each for nothing more than a filthy drop toilet which neither of us would use because it was so dirty. A total robbery staying at any of the DOC campsites from Te Anau to Milford Sound

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Lisa Page


Ranking: 10/10

A great campsite sheltered beside a creek. Drop toilet only but clean for this type of facility. Approx 1hour 15 minute drive to Milford Sound whilst your looking at the views.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Fabio Flepp

Ranking: 8/10

If you come with a tent, get there early. Three nice covered places under the trees. There is a table and benches too. Wild flowers and river are beautiful. There is more space for camper vans. We went to the earliest Milford cruise from there.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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