Totara Campsite

Totara Campsite

Milford Rd


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Totara Camping Ground
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A large sheltered campsite just off the main road and right next tor the river with easy access for large vehicles. It is nestled in amongst large trees and grassy areas, with picnic tables and BBQ's scattered throughout the site.

53 km north of Te Anau, south of Mirror Lakes.


Feature Value Info


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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Maree.M's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Totara campsite was my first encounter with DOC sites and it didn't disappoint. Set up tent between rains so that was a bonus. Also had a thunder and lightening show around midnight! Very cool the way the sound rumbles through the Maunga (mountain).
Arrived fairly late in the evening and departed early to get to Milford sound in the morning. If traveling to Milford the next day I would add an extra 30 mins on to your time as you have to find parking, slow vehicles and the walk from the car park is about 5-10 mins depending on ability (we had to run for our boat).

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Gardner's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

This campsite was sweet! Amazing view, forest between you and the road, near the river. Minimal facilities as expected.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Andrew Hammond


Ranking: 7/10

Nice stop to break up our drive to Milford. Nice campsite other than the many sandflies. Raining so couldn't use the fire pit provided. Far enough away from the road so very little traffic noise.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Henk Sjon


Ranking: 1/10

Wauw, we expected way more of this campsite! It was by far the worst campsite we had in the whole of our 2 mnths in NZ. We came here in the afternoon and for the next 4 hours it was a coming an going of tourists driving up and off the place. Everybody stopped only to go to the toilets or take pictures of the flowerfields and then drove off with a more then nescessary speed. The toilets were almost completly filled by the time we needed them, horrible. Also, the place was crowded with sandflies. You can't cook or sit outsite, we were forced to stay in our car in the heat. Long story short, this was a disaster.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in December 2018

Henry's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Quite a good site. Sandflys are abundant so be prepared. Two toilets. Couldn’t find any running water but a nice stream nearby. Good place to minimise cost and time to travel to Milford the following morning. Keep up the good work DOC

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Katherine's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

We stayed here on our way to Milford Sounds. What a beautiful spot to stop, well off the road and a short walk to the river and you can have a fire:) we met some really lovely travellers and had a great night star gazing. We were self contained so didn’t need to use the drop toilets, but everyone who did came out alive.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Manon Moreno


Ranking: 8/10

Peaceful place for a tent despite being close to the road. Facilities extremely basic, water supply is directly from the river. For what it offers is a little bit overpriced.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Pirita Latja


Ranking: 10/10

One of the best camping experiences in NZ even though sandflies were plentiful. But the location and the landscapes, and the river flowing next to campsite made it all good. Fire permitted, bring your own firewood. Clean drop toilet. Lots of space. Some tables around for cooking.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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