Nice campsite, close to lake, in forest.
$30 ($15 per adult) a little pricy for just drop toilets and campsite but its the cheapest one close to Te Anau (20min drive).
Unpowered and powered campsites in Te Anau are around $50 (for two people) however they are very domestic and dont have the “camp in the wild feeling” that this one has.
We stayed here and drove to Milford Sound the next day. If are doing the same as us and you have the time, drive to the campsites further up. Looks like it would be more beautiful staying up there.
Large site with lots of secluded areas to park or set up tent. Toilets, picnic tables, able to access waterfront. Nice area for walking, quiet.
Just loved the place! Close enough to Te Anau (around 25 km) and very quiet and peaceful. You can camp by the lake and the sunset is magical.
Fab spot 20 mins from te anau, phone reception if you stand on the top of a picnic table at the top of the park. Beautiful place to park and walk. Take your air freshener to the drop loos
The best thing is the view. The toilets are disgusting so we didn't use them. We found it quite expensive (13$ pp) just to park a self contained vehicle for a single night. But freedom camping self contained in this area isn't allowed, so we didn't have any other choice. Just to expensive. We have enjoyed much better facilities for free other places.
Armando Rodriguez Bringas
Was a incredible experience stayed in this place, the lake is amazing an the view on the sunset.
lot of mosquitos, terrible smelling toilet and you have to pay 13$ pp.? We had holiday parks for the same price. but there is no other chance if you want to visit milford sound.
Glen Marshall UK
Great DOC site just a short drive out of Te Anau, location is right by the side of the lake which even in March sumons you to go for a dip although I must admit it was not for long, views of lake & mountains surrounding the lake are awesome, you have either open parking in a large car park or you can park amongst the trees in the wooded section as we did which was very nice & secluded & close to the lake, toilets are plentiful however not the best & the two local to us were full of dead flys literally hundreds, but they were serviced & besides the flys clean, I would recommend this as a great site to stay one or two nights it cost 26.00 dollars but I think it was worth it, few sand flys so ointment up with repellant
Jasmine & Glen uk
Great little areas to park on the left - shades and close to a GORGEOUS lake. Non self contained vehicles are welcome. Very private and really beautiful. The mosquitoes and sandflies in the toilets made them practically unusable (hard to pee when mosquitoes are flying up out of the toilet). But we’d stay here again. The bigger toilet near the entrance wasn’t as bad and I’m sure when they clean them there are less bugs. Overall a nice stop for anyone on their way to/from Milford Sound.
Francois & Caroline
Nice location close to Te Anau and included in the DOC Campsite Pass. Sites in the forest close to the lake (on the left side) are nice but only few so you need to arrive quite early.
Toilets were clean.
Pretty down by the water, but the bathrooms were FILLED with mosquitos. A good stopover for the night as it’s close to the town, on the way to Milford, and included in the DOC conservation camping pass.
Beautiful spot near lake and river mouth with private secluded little areas per camper. Beware if you turn left to head down that direction as there isn't a lot of room to turn around if the camper spaces have already been taken. Well sheltered with trees. Quiet and peaceful I would totally recommend
Great location with amazing views from the lakeside only a few steps away.
Pretty down by the water. Every site is private. Picnic tables and fresh toilets. Well kept after and order. Recommended!
Great campsite on way to milford sound. Individualised campsites next to the lake. Small stone beach to walk along. Batten down the hatches though as sandflies prolific.
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What a great spot! Yes the toilet was smelly, but who cares when you have such wonderful views. Plus sleeping in amongst the trees, truly stunning and overall better than staying in a commercial campground.
Beautifully situated on private beach. Stunning forested area with loads of privacy. A few drop toilets scattered about. Not crowded at all. Lovely.
We didn't stay there long, arrived at 23.00 hrs and left the next morning at 6.30 hrs but the toilets we used once had the worst smell I've have encountered, and then we were charged $26 for 2 people in a campervan at 6.30am before we left! We weren't aware of how much it was beforehand but we're very shocked at this! We could have stayed in a campsite had I known! Not impressed!
Camp warden was super friendly and nice. Drop toilet extremely well maintained compared to the other campsites along the highway. Picnic benches available throughout the site and there is information boards to show you the different trails available. Definitely recommended!
Beautiful birds and lucky enough to be in the forest under the trees. Lake was right behind us. Lovely relaxing camp ground 😊
About a 20 minute drive from town. Drop toilets but not too bad, benches too and lots of different spots to choose from. Lakeside, sheltered, out in the open etc.
Awesome DOC site, best one yet. Doesn't look like much on arrival but try and get a spot down by the lake. It helped that we had great weather but we all (other campers) sat by the lake in the evening and watched the sunset with a beer and then again take a look in the morning and enjoy a stroll for the views. Toilets were long drop and no tap for water available but you can get it from the lake. Plenty of spaces and shelter if you're in a tent. I would suggest doing this one after Milford Sound so you don't miss the morning views.
Nice campground with beautiful views over the lake! Sheltered and separate sites in the forest. 2 long drop toilets, but they were so full that it smelled like 3 whales died in there, so couldn't really use them.
Camping basic mais idéalement situé en bord de lac avec une vue imprenable et pour décoller vers MILFORD SOUND le lendemain.
Attention en camping car. Ne pas s'aventurer jusqu'au fond du camping avant de s'être assuré qu'il y a bien de la place sinon vous allez devoir faire une longue marche arrière étroite!
Toilettes simples propres mais attention aux odeurs.
Forest location along the lake but no view. Camping was busy, clean toilet.
Campsite was crowded when we arrived. Space at the lake only for tents, bigger campers have to park closer to the street, therefore a bit noisy. After a short walk through the forest of the camp site one reaches the stony shore with very nice views of the lake.
Suitable for camper vans. Was very windy during our visit with some shelter provided by the trees. We understand that the water available is not drinkable.
We found a nice spot with free lake view but although the ground is next to the lake there aren't many lake view sites. You can easily get to the lakeside though on foot. We almost got stuck in there with our campervan as we parked at the bottom of a slope and with the pebble underground it was very hard to get back up again. A few toilets are scattered around the site just as picnic tables. Sandflies: of course but not too bad. Fine stop for a night on your way to or back from Milford. We paid NZD 6 pp with an envelop in the registration box. For nicer views out of your campervan continue to the Deer Flat DOC site.
Stayed at this site twice it was so nice. On the way to and from Milford Sound. It's the closet DOC site to Te Anau and well worth driving to stay at. We picked a spot next to the edge of the lake and it was beautiful. A pebble beach, the clear lake and then surrounded by mountains. Truly a spectacular place. Just watch out for the sand flies though there are hundreds. Spray is definately a must have here!
Almost don't want to share how amazing this site is but everyone should go and appreciate the gorgeousness of this place. Happened upon this site because we needed to stretch, discovered towards the end of the dirt road a small pebble beach overlooking an unreal scene of snowcapped mountains surrounding the crispest lake you've ever seen. Came back a few hours later and the night sky was perfect and clear. Would go back in a heartbeat.
The scenery was just perfect, overlooking the lake and mountains. The sunset was unbeatable here. We were lucky that we were at Milford when it was amazing weather which helped and there weren't too many sandflies. Only downside was the toilet was SOOOO smelly, it made us retch.
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Cora and Franzi
Awesome campground in a forest at a lake. Basic facilities, but wonderful location, for free too!
This place is AWESOME! Tent sites are inside a beautiful beech forest, with soft mossy ground to sleep on, and they're right on the lake but with pre-built wind shelters from tree branches. It's sandfly central - you DEFINITELY need bug spray, but it's well worth it. We were only going to stay for one night but came back for a second because it was the best campsite we found on Milford Road.
OK DOC campground, close to Te Anau. The other campgrounds further up the road seemed a bit nicer though. But this one is very spacious.
Very nice and lovely place direct to the Lake! Camper Is in the shadow under the trees 3 meters from water, very nice. Few toilets with paper are on the campground! No water, only from the Lake. We have payed 12$ for 2 people with camper van.
Nice location close to the road but still quiet enough. Toilets are very basic, no water taps. You can choose from shadow or sun places. Nice views on the lake. On windy days the sound from the waves on the lake can muffle every other sound (can be good or bad for you). Perfect for overnight stay before you take the road to Milford Sound.
+ Very nice, large space (don't see a lot of other people)
+ Sheltered spaces
+ Very different spaces (in sun, shadow, forest)
+ Two toilets
- No water (except for lake)
- Toilets were not very nice (especially one of them)
Yes can be windy but that keeps the sandflies away! Some spots have water view but more wind. Pit Toilets were clean. Nice DOC site. CAUTION: DON'T DRIVE DOWN INTO A CAMPING SPOT UNLESS YOU KNOW YOU CAN GET OUT IN RAIN (she knows now). Thanks for the tow out by local kiwis!
Very bad toilets and loud because next to the street.
Nice little campground on a beautiful lake but many sandflies and a witch living there checking your fees.
Nice campsite between a beech forest and a lake, ranger a bit strange but the campsite was clean.
It is a DOC :-)
Such a nice place in front of the lake. But the toilets were disgusting!
Between Te Anau and Milford. On a wonderful lake.
Nice views and well maintained grounds.
Good DOC campsite with basic facilities just outside Te Anau on edge of lake. Better than playing top dollar in Te Anau.
Despite lovely views overlooking the mountains and really friendly DOC staff, our trip was tainted by a huge problem with mosquitoes and during the course of the night we had around 50 mosquitoes come into our camper - making it hard to sleep, bring bug spray!!
Sander and Eliza Hembrarskamp
Beautiful spot on our way to Milford Sound. Great if you just need a nights sleep with an awesome view over the lake and mountains, just amazing! $6 per person but definitely worth it, since you stay right in the middle of Fiordland National park and there are no free sites.
Beautiful campground on the lakeshore with mountains in the background.
Good spot! With the lake and the mountain.
Place between the woods including toilet. No view.
Close to Te Anau Nothing there. $6 per person, toilet.
Volunteers were there to welcome you, nice people with good advice. The campsite was 'clean' but not really pretty. The volunteers were really friendly.
Very nice couple of people who take time to speak with you and answer about your questions. But too many sandflies.
$6pp. Nice large covered spots next to a lake. Clean and basic longdrop toilets.
Great place for its location, if you get space on the lake side. Only 20 kms from Te Anau. Sunset views are splendid. Definitely worth a night's stay for the price.
Very windy but on some places very good to stay in tents.
Nice located next to a lake, it was very very windy so we couldn't do much.
Great overnight spot if you're driving Queenstown - Milford Sound that makes your morning drive much more convenient. Lake access.
+Not as expensive as camp sites in Te Anau
+Lots of spots to choose from, some with views of the lakes, others of trees, others of mountains
+Gravel and grass spaces
+Lots of long drop toilets scattered around
-Mozzie and sandfly haven, it was terrible, be warned!
-Drop toilets weren't that great
:( Wouldn't stay there again
Gravel ground. Good place for stop one night. Please leave your place clean.
Good for one night stops, cheap.
Huge campground with lots of private spaces.
You can sleep under trees, or near the lake, near the road if you're mad ;)
Everyone will find his pleasure.
I recommend !
Unforunately not tap water. Quite far away from Te Anau.
Very busy even end of march. Few small nice places and a big gravel area but not so nice.
Near the lake. Arrive early
No possibility to put up my tent - non suitable ground.
Clean and quiet.
Very nice place and not expensive.
Awesome views, fantastic atmosphere (although only compost toilet).
Jaap & Susanne
Small campsites, lots of mosquitoes and sandflies.
Great camping site on the bank of the lake!
Nice location, cheap $6, much space for the campervan.
Amazing location, secluded, a must see for budget travellers who was a beautiful spot to land.
Julie and Russ Charles
Excellent location but composting toilets were unuseable as there was an extremely strong smell of ammonia in the cubicle which burnt one's nose and lungs.
Stunning location. Facilities are basic but you can't beat the location.
Nice place to stay close to the Lake.
Very beautiful place!
Hans and Astrid
A jewel of a DOC site, excellent.
Good sheltered campsites in a lovely lakeside location. We found all DOC campsites to be great value and well kept. More of them would be appreciated!