Milford Sound Lodge and Campground...

Milford Sound Lodge and Campground

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Rose

Ranking: 10/10

Very pleasant staff, has a excellent restaurant on the site if you don’t wish to cook yourself. The bathrooms, showers, kitchen and lounge were all very clean and exceeded expectations. Best campsite I’ve been too so far, I was very happy with my experience.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Erin

Ranking: 6/10

This is the only place to stay near Milford sound but be prepared with books or games if you are stuck here on a rainy evening. No tv or WiFi are provided. The showers were big and clean!

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Freya K

Ranking: 9/10

Stayed here one night, pretty busy even in the off/winter season - it was the busiest place we stayed at our whole trip! Facilities were still clean and the powered site was close to others but separated by plants and trees. Generally a very beautiful spot to stay! Gender neutral bathrooms and showers that were pretty spacious which was great for two people to get ready in. Would be a 10 if the kitchen was slightly better equipped. It was only just coping with the number of people needing to cook - can't imagine what it's like when it's busier.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Kate

Ranking: 9/10

Pretty sure this is the only campground in Milford. But nice site under the mountains. Tucked away between the trees with rainforest feel. Nice pitches and great facilities. Large shower/toilet/sink rooms. Nice large kitchen/lounge area to relax in. Staff very helpful!

Reviewed 4 months ago

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beth swash

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Thank you for a wonderful stay. Your staff are top class, and provided so much local knowledge, top tips and so much passion for Milford. Thank you to Charlotte for her recommendations about the Gertrude Saddle hike (wonderful!), the observatory and that a rainy cruise would be as rewarding as a sunny one. The guy from Brazil was also incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. Facilities are top class and really friendly atmosphere. We also appreciated little touches like the free insect repellent, free umbrella hire and the great crockery in the shared kitchen.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Dominique Q

France

Ranking: 5/10

Good place in Milford sound, nice spot, good amenities, don't buy any internet access here, its expensive and not working at all ...

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Felix

Ranking: 8/10

Best toilet and shower facilities so far. The kitchen is often crowded. But it's very expensive (60$ for two people with a powered site) and you have to pay extra for washing machine, dryer and wifi. It's a nice place and the only place to stay at Milford, but to expensive.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Vicki Hoskinson

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Very well set up camp ground, wifi was sad to say the least but amenities were lovely and clean. Very busy place

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Glen Marshall UK

Ranking: 8/10

Mixed views on this campsite, great location, which is excactly why they can charge the high premium that they do, it all about their location, my first impression when we got there was nice site & we arrived early about 12.00 midday after a pre booking had been made the day before, they tried to put us on a pitch which was only capable of a small van like a juicy or VW & we had a 7 mtr merc sprinter which I had booked so it was frustrating, but the new pitch was perfect. However the shower & kitchen & dinning areas although high quality & standards & cleanliness good they are insufficient for the number of guests & certainly the kitching & dinning area was a bit of a lotery as to when you could get in to use it or get seated, staff were helpful & they had sand fly replant in reception for use & run a shuttle bus to the ferry terminal which was helpful & we booked our excursion through the site which again was useful, the guy driving the bus was very helpful & informative would have score the site higher if more of the good facilities, nice walk up by the river edge to the site worth doing
Jasmine & Glen uk

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Marie van Tol

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful campsite with lodge feeling and fantastic views of the mountains (especially stunning after some proper rain). Clean and friendly with a nice café. While we were there, they had some issues with the hot water.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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From DK

Ranking: 9/10

Really nice place. Had a powered site. Very rainy evening with amazing waterfalls around us.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Raphaele

Ranking: 10/10

If you want to get the most out of your trip to Milford you should stay here. Campground was busy on a weekend in December but clean and beautiful. Contrary to other reviews we didn't have to queue for kitchen space or showers.
Plan a whole day for the drive to Milford and stop often along the way. Get to the camp site in the late afternoon and explore Milford Sound after all the day tourists have left then do the first cruise of the day the next morning.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Michael

Ranking: 6/10

Spots for vans are close together, separated by some vegetation.
No dumping station on site.
Facilities are clean.
Since you cant do a lot, aside the boat tour and a little walk to a lookout, ONE night is definitely enough.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Macker

Ranking: 9/10

Great site. Loses one point for charging for WiFi. Come on New Zealand, this is 2018 not 1998, WiFi should be a basic utility like water! Food was great in the evening for dinner. Book in advance as site and diner get busy! Great site. Pitches are close but divided and so private.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Ellen

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely spaces in the trees, it gets quite busy but you get some privacy from the trees. Really nice facilities.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Grizzly Girl

Ranking: 8/10

Their van sites were quite expensive for a single person in an unpowered van. To that end I stayed in the dorm (and was reminded why I hate dorms with all the cafe noise and late comers). The dorm uses the same facilities as the campervans though. With nearly all 50 campervan spots and the dorms about full there was not enough kitchen space for everyone. Overall clean bathrooms considering. There is also a laundry room though it is very expensive. They are pretty much the only game in town so you are stuck with them but I would not stay more than a night. Quite a crush.

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Bex & Jake

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful campsite. We were off season so we're able to turn up without booking in advance. But it's the only place out there so bit of a risk and it's expensive.
Facilities were ok. Not enough toilets and showers. Kitchen and lounge area were great. Staff helpful at booking you onto tours. Staff also advised us not to book for two nights - as most people do their tour and go - which was good advice.
No supermarket nearby so worth stocking up before you arrive.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Juliane

Ranking: 8/10

Very good facilities! Green sites. Quite busy even in April.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Matt

Ranking: 8/10

Pretty nice campground. The powered sites are beautifully set in a rainforest loop with plenty of space between them. Is pricey but makes sense for the area. We enjoyed staying one night instead of rushing the Milford drive and cruise in one day. Facilities aren’t big enough for how many people are there. No real WiFi (costs a ton due to remoteness, not really their fault).

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Raymor

Ranking: 10/10

Milford sound lodge was amazing. We got out there late evening not realising we will run out of phone reception. When we got there we were out of luck. (So i suggest you plan it and book in early before lunchtime because it is always packed and a fair hike from Te Anau) No accommodation whatsoever. However we needed wifi so we purchased from the lodge to look for our next accommodation. But we still wanted to go to Milford sound cruise the next day. So our plan was to go to cascade creek which is the last resort before the homer tunnel. When we were about to leave they allowed us to use the emergency space because they were closing. Worked out well for my wife and i. im really greatful that the lodge gave us the lucky charm of staying the night before our cruise the next morning. 10/10 for sure. The Kea birds of our great country are amazing and very friendly. Will definitely be back and we plan to scuba dive.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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S Becker

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful setting but the kitchen and toilet facilities get very crowded, especially on rainy nights. Great location for going on early morning cruises in the sound but be prepared it will be a much more crowded campsite than any other we visited during our week.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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The Farrs

Ranking: 9/10

Wanted to review this park even though we didn’t stay the night because it is gorgeous! Staff were accommodating allowing us to pay just $8/person for a full day use (till 4pm) of facilities CLEAN (hot unlimited showers, toilets, laundry, and fully equipped kitchen facilities with refrigerator and relaxing lounge to wait while laundry finished). We also grabbed coffee at the cafe in reception area (delicious). Kea sightings included :)

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Wintercoat

Ranking: 8/10

Nice spot - natural settings, albeit a bit cramped. Amenities were modern, clean and well equipped. Close to Milford Sound terminal. Great staff. Could buy wine and take it back to the van which was a good touch given the closest bottle shop was a long way to drive.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Tati Moron

Ranking: 9/10

Very, very nice stay. The views around are beautiful and the facilities are really really good. A nice place to rest and a wonderful road to drive!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Will

Ranking: 6/10

Only camp ground in Milford sound so they can charge what they like. Be sure to book ahead as it's usually full. We'll organised though and whilst near other powered sites there's enough trees and spectacular views not to feel intrusive. Prepare to queue for showers.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Mark Lindeman

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Staff here were great, super friendly and helpful. The restaurant was outstanding. Bathrooms were clean and new. Didn’t use the kitchen so can’t rate that. Location on the river was nice but walking along the road to the Milford Sound Visitor Center was hazardous with tour bus traffic. The sound tours are a must do. Bring your ‘Bushman’s’ bus spray. Sandflies are brutal.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Bailey Dunne

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful camp site, free shower, clean modern facilities. Quite a large camping ground, it only had a couple of washers and dryers in the laundry...I had to stalk the laudrey for about 3 hours to get my clothes washed and dried as there was a lot of people using them.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Jill Grimwood

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful location and well cared for facilities. We enjoyed parking in the rain forest.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Tay Dao Han

Ranking: 9/10

Good and clean campsite! Book/call at least a day in advance to avoid disappointment! This place was fully booked when I was there (powered campsite). It cost me $30pp!
Clean showers, though may have to wait. Laundry and dryer at $5 each to prevent congested usage.
Very close (2mins drive) to Milford Sound cruise terminal! Stunning views!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Ronald Daigneault

Ranking: 8/10

Friendly staff. Short walk to the tour boats. Great facilities for showering and kitchen and laundry. The river area was fun to explore. Spent two nights. The drive up to Milford Sound was half the fun. Make sure to do some of the short hikes, especially the Key Summit.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Samantha Brewin

Ranking: 10/10

Well worth staying a night or too here at Milford sound, what an incredible place! Although the park was undergoing some renovations/upgrades, the motor home sights were lovely in under the lush rainforest trees and ferns. Fantastic new bathroom and camp kitchen/lounge facilities. Loved our stay here!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Sandra Jeffers

Ranking: 10/10

Only place in Milford Sounds to stay but it is lovely. We did a campervan package to incl powered site, cruise and breakfast. Facilities were awesome. Shower and toilet block were so clean and warm. Brekkie was lovely. Would definitely recommend.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Joe Trigg

Ranking: 8/10

We had a good time at this campsite, stayed for one night and paid $60 for a powered site for two people. Had good modern facilities, with a big kitchen and communal space. Probably not enough showers for the amount of people staying here, and campervan spots don’t have the amazing views that the lodges have. It’s convenient for the Milford Sound tours, and the staff were really helpful and we actually booked our tour through them (WiFi is very expensive, we didn’t bother).

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Carl von Horstig

Ranking: 9/10

Very modern site. Hot showers and clean toiletts. We didn't used the kitchen but it looked very decent.
The staff is friendly and even let us make a call for free. Otherwise one could use the telephone there or buy 100MB Internet for $10. There is no mobile reception.
We paid $120 for two persons and two nights. It is not the cheapest but for the logistic effort to get everything over from Te Anau it is ok.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Suzanne Halfpenny

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome private showers with unlimited hot water! Only thing missing was some hooks for towels and clothes and a hairdryer. Best (and cheapest) washing machine and dryer that I used in 3 weeks travelling. Fantastic location.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Juan and Sabrina

Argentina

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent common space. Big kitchen. We booked a 4 bed room. They have a lot of powered sites.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Laureen Trainer

Ranking: 8/10

Obviously location makes this park a no-brainer. The camping spots for camper vans were level, but not more than a parking space for your van. However, the kitchen was great. Lots of work stations and very well stocked. The eating and hang out area was big as well. The bathrooms were decent.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Lotta Vuorjoki

Ranking: 10/10

$55 for 2 adults in a campervan. You should make sure you book before you start your way to Milford Sound since there is no service and it is the only site around (for non self-contained at least). Showers get busy in the morning but are clean and modern. Kitchen has many sinks and stoves so you don't have to wait for your turn. Great location!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Kerry Lee

Ranking: 9/10

A beautiful location, and close to the boat terminal for Milford cruises. The facilities were excellent and it was quiet. Wifi is hella expensive - $10 for 100mb so we didn't bother. This is the only place you can camp in Milford sound as far as I know.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2017

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Judy Aspinall

Ranking: 10/10

Has all the amenities for $27 pp. After mostly freedom camping for the previous 10 days, this seemed like luxury and totally worth the price. Laundry and spacious, clean, flush toilets with hair dryers. 5 minute drive to Milford Sound cruise boats. Many delightful stops on the way to/from Milford Sound.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Grace White

Ranking: 10/10

Great location with beautiful forest views. Always busy no matter what time of year but if you book ahead it's no worries. $55NZD for 2 in a camper but the park is beautiful, good facilities and stunning views.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Shashank Luthra

Ranking: 7/10

Underwhelming for the price. We paid $84 for 2 adults and 2 children and found the site not as nice as the other TOP 10 sites we stayed at which were cheaper. The positives are a very good location, lovely stream running behind the site and the breakfast at the cafe. The negatives are the newly expanded layout means that the garbage bins and reception are far away from the new sites and there aren't enough laundry units for the whole site. We also got a very tight site for our large van but that's probably just our luck. Also - they don't have a dump station (as stated upfront) but it doesn't help that the station in town is not usable due to it being in a busy car parking lot. PS - wifi is slow and expensive but that's par for the course given the location.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Artemis

Ranking: 9/10

Really nice, perfect location, closest to the Fiord. Facilities are nice and the blocks are warm.
WiFi is $10 for 100Mb which is too expensive but hey, satellite wifi in Milford Sound. Didn't buy any credit though so can't tell about speed/quality.
Campervan slots are nice as well but are very close one to another.
$54 for a powered-site, 2 people. The most expensive campervan park we've been but again : closest to the Fiord.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Louise Russell

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

A great location to access Milford Sound. Well set up park and great facilities to use. We weren't there at a very busy time of year and it was a bit of a juggling act in the common area with not quite enough table/chairs to cater for the amount of people but very good none the less!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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estelle D

New Caledonia

Ranking: 10/10

le plus proche des départs de croisières
super camping mais cher
très beaux espaces communs, cuisine, salon chauffés et très agréables ; salle de bain individuelles très propres, personnel disponibles et agréable…De très belles prestations. Il vaut son prix.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Chris Beer

Ranking: 10/10

Up there with the best sites we stayed at in NZ, if not the best. $27 per person for a powered site spot and full access to clean and private toilets and showers, a large clean kitchen with all facilities, a spacey common area to relax in and a nice restaurant. You definitely get what you pay for here.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Jesse Kruithoed

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

We stayed in a powered site, nice sites amongst bush, great facilities (all relatively new and very clean with individual unisex shower / toilet units). $10 for 100mb of wifi that seemed to run out very fast is average (I usually use 1-2gb per month - the 100mb ran out in 10 minutes??). Few minutes drive to the boat cruise terminal car park so great location next to a river. Bring insect repellent!!! - sandflies are every where, repellent is expensive here. Aerogard works well and is one of the cheaper ones (buy from a supermarket @ Te Anau / Queenstown etc).

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Sarah Killury

Ranking: 9/10

Absolutely lovely spot. Busy, with every campervan spot full (mid Feb). Parked on a nice flat, designated spot with some bush (likely to grow) between us and the neighbours. Clean, hot and new showers (best showers yet!) and toilets. Awesome cooking and living areas. $3 per load of washing, $3 for dryer. Paid $56 a night for powered site. I can see waterfalls through the front of our van! Very pricey but the quality and location is spot on.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Rosanna Leeming

Ranking: 8/10

Stunning setting, clean and modern. We paid $55 for 2 adults in a powered site. So close to Milford Sound ferry terminal. A bit of a queue to use the laundry facilities, as only 2 washers and 2 dryers (which needs two cycles to completely dry). Both $3 each for a 40 minute cycle. Would be better if the wifi was free, as no signal for our phone suppliers.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Ivan Wee

Ranking: 9/10

Paid $54 for 2. Kids under 4 go free. Powered or non powered it's the same price. Facilities best so far but beware.. it's sandfly city! Prepare your defences. Hordes of them!! Dining and eating areas very nice new and clean. Being the last stop it gets crowded at 6pm. Plan to come in early if you can. Nice place to chill in the lounge. No freezer only fridges. Kitchen well stocked. Internet horribly expensive.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Jack Metcalfe

Ranking: 9/10

Despite the expensive price, this place had excellent facilities. The toilets and showers looked brand new, as did the kitchen. Powered sites are well sheltered and each has their own fresh water supply. Free DVDs to borrow, with cafe on site for early morning coffee! Would have been a 10/10 if the price was a little lower!

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Ren Kline

United States

Ranking: 10/10

My sister and I only stayed one night in our camper van but we're glad we did. The very cozy and warm common area and kitchen are open 24/7 (great for when it gets dark and cold early in the evening). Bathrooms are dorm style, warm and very clean. Staff were knowledgable and helpful with which tracks were best suited for what we were looking for (also gave great advice for not-the-safest walking tracks, which is great to know in the middle of winter). All around great site and great experience. Will absolutely recommend :)

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Thomas Weir

Ranking: 6/10

Really lovely campsite with great, modern facilities however, pretty over priced at $50 for two on an unpowered site, we stayed during May the quiet season and had to queue to use one of only 4 showers. I imagine this is a bit of a nightmare during the busy season and would expect better when paying this much.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Jennifer Ellis

Ranking: 8/10

Yes it is expensive, yes it gets busy in the evening. But, the facilities are great with a well stocked kitchen, plenty of space for eating and relaxing in the living area, hot powerful showers and clean toilets.. Plus, it is in the most amazing setting with tumbling waterfalls everywhere you can see and just 5 minutes from the Milford harbour where you can take an early boat trip :) in my opinion worth the little bit extra money. Only downside was the crazy expensive wifi! I didn't buy it because of the price.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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María del Carmen Escandell

Spain

Ranking: 9/10

$63, 2 adults and 2 children (7 & 3 year old) in a powered site. We stayed in August. Stunning location and nice well equipped kitchen.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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B McNally

Ranking: 7/10

If not for the unique location this holiday park is not so good. It's OK but not so well kept up as we hoped.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Avery Wong

Ranking: 9/10

Made a reservation for a powered site through the iSite in Queenstown along with a morning cruise. We got a quiet spot in among the trees and not too far from the main lodge. They had a free nature walk that was nice and even showed us their resident glow worms! The cafe and restaurant was a nice addition to the meal we cooked in the kitchen.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Sarah Gurney

Ranking: 9/10

We ended up deciding to stay here at short notice as our son was unwell and we couldn't face the drive to the site were originally planned to stay at. We were lucky enough to get one of the last two campervan spots and I'm really glad we did. The campervan spots were nothing to write home about - just spaces in a carpark very close together. But the view around the campsite was stunning, towering rock faces with waterfalls pouring down them, beautiful. The facilities were great, particularly the lounge which was really comfy and had a great atmosphere. The kitchen and showers were all fine, busy but clean. The main downside was the price - $50 for two unpowered. But they have the monopoly in the area and are obviously in high demand so I guess they can charge a lot. And it was great to be so close to Milford Sound as it allowed us to go on a 9am cruise without having to get up stupidly early.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Ana Guimaraes

Ranking: 9/10

Great campground, with all the amenities needed. We arrived late in the evening. I don't recommend driving the road all the way from Te Anau in the dark - you'll loose the views and it can get a bit risky. We didn't have bookings, yet the staff was really nice and welcoming (though we were there in October; bookings are strongly recommended in high season). We were visited by cute playful Kea during the night!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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John Blyth

Ranking: 9/10

We thought this place was great. Friendly staff. Facilities were awesome. Good clean toilet and showers. Awesome locations beneath the soaring mountains in every direction. Kids had fun watching the keas in the morning.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Yvonne Wu

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

suitable for people want to join the early cruise. it isnt cheap however its the only option in milford sound. :p

The facilities are pretty good, do love their lounge room.

They have a coffee bar providing food and alcohol so that they don't allow you to drink ur own alcohol there.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Kurz Werner

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

sites for large vehicles not good available, too expansive (50 NZD for 2 P.)

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Wyklicky

Ranking: 5/10

Campground without a view, the only one at Milford, so they can make the price $50 for 2 persons with power/water and warm shower. You have to leave the camping ground at 10am! Reservation only with credit card number.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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sydneyaharris

Ranking: 5/10

Tent site was so-so. They tried to make it in a "forest," but the sites (all 4 or 5 of them) are really just separated from the campervan parking lot/driveway by some thinned out trees, and they're all in one spot clustered right up close together. Also, they're just little green mats on sand/gravel so they're not very comfortable. The kitchen is small and gets very busy at breakfast & dinner times.

On the other hand, there are beautiful mountain views, and it's only a short easy walk to actual Milford Sound, and they sell yummy muffins at the cafe. The showers are nice as well. The wildlife is excellent!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Robert Warner

United States

Ranking: 6/10

The facilities are pretty good (but very limited wifi), and the staff are okay.
I just wish you had some choices, because this was a big disappointment. We had a very limited view from our cramped campsite, and it was a bit of a walk to the bathroom from the campsites. On the map it appeared that this campground was closer to the lake, but that's not the case.
Maybe the lodge experience is better, but we elected to forfeit 35% of our prepaid reservation to leave a day early.
Milford Sound is stunningly beautiful, but not from here. It's very crowded, and unfortunately that detracts from the experience.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Kris Marinomunn

Ranking: 9/10

The facilities are top notch. They have new powered sites which have some space between them. The breakfast is pretty good and the staff was very attentive. It's sandfly city though, prepare yourself.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Manuela Opprecht

Ranking: 7/10

Nice but expensive (25nz/pp for powered site) the sites are very close together, no privacy. But very nice staff and very nice muffins! ;-))

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Constantin D

Ranking: 6/10

Only option to stay in Milford. Sites are on a parking lot (Not so nice). However, they are building additional ones that seem to be better located in a little forest. Facilities are average, not too great.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Rasmus Rantil

Sweden

Ranking: 9/10

A little expensive but good value! Nice hot showers (no extra coin charge), spacious kitchen and a great lounge area. Nice atmosphere and friendly staff. Camping sites were more like parking lots so we spent our time in the common areas.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Bert Snel

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Very good camp site with a lot of nice and clean facilities.
Very friendly staff.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Mark Angell

Ranking: 8/10

Milford Sound is a must on your NZL trip, it is indeed 4hrs drive from Queenstown but is the most picturesque scenic drive you will ever experience! At the end of the road and tunnel which feels like you are going to the centre of the earth is the Milford Sound Lodge. We took a powered spot however this was in the trees, swarms of midges attacked you as you got out of the camper! So go prepared with insect repellent!! A great site though, very friendly european staff and a great lounge and galley. Yes lots of people have said it is expensive but well worth staying down there just to walk to Milford sound when all the Japanese tourists have gone home!

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Joanna Doran

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

This place is all about location and as we booked a kayak trip with a 6am pick up then it was needed. The facilities are good, modern lounge, cafe etc and nice loos and showers. Wifi pretty costly. The sites however are very close together with basically no privacy. We mistook the unpowered sites for the car park outside reception! Powered sites offer a bit more privacy but still small and gravelly. Recommend asking for a site that backs onto the river. Big issue is the price 22 dollars pp for no power and 25 with. Ended up in a powered site just to avoid the location of the non powered ones. The rankers app has the wrong rates on so beware. We have asked the camp site to get it amended. Great location but not the best value for money.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Gianpiero Rodari

Italy

Ranking: 7/10

Milford Sound is a popular tourist attraction, so no wonder that its only camping site is more expensive for pitches that are average at best. The equipment however is ample, with amenities such as a living room with internet desk, and the staff is very helpful. A negative remark, which causes in my opinion a lower rating: the camping is listed as having a dump point, which it doesn’t. I have been directed to a public parking lot, where however I couldn’t find it even asking in the shop.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Matt Dean

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Stayed 2 nights. Friendly staff, great cafe and cosy lounge. Amenity block was very clean and modern. Closest legal campsite to Milford Sound. Sandflys are hazardous (esp parked under a tree) but what do you expect, this is the West Coast / Fjord-land district!

Amazing views with waterfalls (100's of them!) coming out of the sides of mountain range all around us. Backs onto a charming river just behind the powered sites.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Claudia

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Really really good! Nice kitchen, clean showers and a very cozy lounge. We have also seen some keas and it is close to the centre of milford sound. Best campground we had in five weeks of new zealand

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Audrey Le Bourthe

France

Ranking: 7/10

Much too expensive $25 per person and no free WIFI.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Barbara

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Clean, big shower.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Andrew Kermode

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

This is a great place to stay if you are making the trip to Milford Sound. Don't just drive in and out the same day. It was the most expensive campervan site we stayed at during our 16 day campervan tour but that's what you get for staying in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. It rained the day we drove to Milford Sound but that just added to the adventure as all the temporary waterfalls come alive and cascade down the mountains. The staff were extremely helpful in booking our cruise for the following day and adjusted our accommodation cost when they realised they had originally charged my 13 year old daughter adult prices. In their defence, she looks much older. I was impressed that he picked up this error and automatically refunded the difference. The facilities were very good however the chairs in the lounge could do with a good clean or replacing. The kids enjoyed tinkering the ivory on the piano in the lounge and we would definitely stay here again in the future.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Ene Pold

Estonia

Ranking: 7/10

Great campground with a lovely view. Some sites were a little strange looking (in the middle of the carpark) and there was no playground.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Claudia de Winter

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Good place to go on excursion in the Milford Sound area. Nice and clean campground at a small lake.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Brian Lexmond

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Little expensive for what you get - nice place.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Carolin Kettler

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Too expensive for a tent site, but very nice lounge and facilities.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Rawiri johnston

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

So during winter they close down one bath room and make the other one unisex. Can get a bit crowded as a result! On the plus side there is always lots of hot water and you can't argue with a view that has you looking straight up a vertical mountain face of goodnees knows how many thousand feet. Friendly wildlife too (the weka were fine whereas the kea just wanted to eat the camper). It is pricey for what it is, but there is no where else to hook up to a powered site, and its worth it just too stay in the sound and have time to be there and not just rush in and out in a day. If you want somewhere to eat - try the blue duck (aka - the pub). The meals are delicious and plentiful. Be warned, in june it is freezing and if it isnt snowing then in some place the frost is permanent.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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The Germans from Australiia

Australia

Ranking: 2/10

Nice lounge area and friendly staff, but that was about it. There was no light along where the bigger campers were parked, muddy, and no effort to make the place presentable. Also the bathrooms were dirty and not really useable. This park was the most expensive one from our whole trip. And the best was millions of Sandflies... .
I recommend to stay in Te Anau and only do Milford as a day trip.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Rhi

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

+Great communal areas, especially kitchen and lounge
+Free dry room
+Good location
+Clean

-Way too expensive
-Unfriendly staff
-The unpowered sites are close together, in the car park, They don't seem as spaced out as they should legally be when compared to the space given by other campsites, but I maybe mistaken.

:/ You have to stay here is you want to campervan in Milford Sounds as there is no other option

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in October 2013

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Sally Mortensen

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

We were lucky to get a nice spot next to the river but wouldn't have enjoyed our experience here as much if we were on one of the car park spots. Nice common room to get warm in, good big kitchen and OK bathrooms. The most expensive campsite we stayed in but there is nothing else around and is great to stay to get up early for a kayak in the fiord!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Tom Somers

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

Friendly staff, nice kitchen, free boardfames, excellent cafe (snacks and drinks), and a big cosy lounge. Unpowered sites are dusty parking lots.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Jitka Krejcova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 3/10

Nice staff but never ever this camp again. $18 per person and we stayed just on parking place. Cars were coming in all night and all cars had to pass this carpark. Did not sleep all night.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Grantygrant

New Zealand

Ranking: 3/10

Ok if you like listening to the loud fan under the ladies showers screaming out all night across the campervan area. Water ran out halfway through the shower. It could do with some competition.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Hanneke P

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

the place is overcrowded. Small sites, dirty facilities....

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Lydia Holleman

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

The sites are not special but the service was great as is the lounge.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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phudgb

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Friendly staff, good facilities and very convenient for the boat tours. Lots of insects though :(

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Daniel Patricia

Switzerland

Ranking: 2/10

Small sites, dirty facilities.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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sueadegizmo

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Small pretty site, great location for ferry in the morning. Facilities were fine and clean. Nice lounge, big kitchen.

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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MeganG

United States

Ranking: 7/10

They have only 6 powered sites so be sure to call to make a reservation. Bathrooms were clean. No restaurants were within walking distance. Good lodge/campground to get an early tour boat on milford sound.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Madeleine Mueller

Switzerland

Ranking: 5/10

It is the best place if you want to go early in the morning on a cruise to Milford Sound. It is just a two minute drive to the carpark near the boats. It is okay for one night but not more - unfriendly staff.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Mary Mitchell

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Great lounge, good facilities and a reasonable price.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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sidcupjon

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

As the only campsite at Milford Sound, it is busy and expensive, but both are to be expected due to the location. It had a good range of facilities with a lounge and cafe and picnic benches for campervan sites.

Quite a small site but worthwhile if going to Milford Sound to benefit from the smaller cruises.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Beeny

England

Ranking: 6/10

Open drain smelly, ladies toilet smelly, site area small, a touch expensive.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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CMJ

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Great location for Milford Sound. Scenic views from the site. Camper Van sites were fine. Lodge has a basic shop and does coffee, breakfast snacks I think. A lounge and dining area for guests although was very busy at night. Satellite internet. It's a bit of a monopoly but fine for a short stay.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Lisa Milton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Messy unfinished grounds, shower and toilet block clean and tidy. No outside lights on at night.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in April 2011

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Marc Edwards

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Best kitchen facilities, included cookery utensils, gas stoves that we have come across.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in April 2011

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Ellie Thompson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing location, fab board games and lovely wine!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Hannah

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Great location but a lot of sandflies!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Jeff and Carey Brown

Australia

Ranking: 3/10

Overcrowed, very overpriced (monopoly), kitchen too small and very hot. If you can, stay at one of many DOC camps before Homer tunnel.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Jochen

Switzerland

Ranking: 7/10

Fully equipped kitchen, nice location, not too large.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Courtney Wood

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Great lounge room and kitchen with everything you need. No cars in tent site area makes for a peaceful nights sleep.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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LandJ

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Friendly welcome.

On the plus side, it was wonderful to stay at Milford and enjoy an uncrowded late afternoon cruise on Milford Sound. But there are downsides too. There are a lot of people - campervans, backpackers and chalet occupants, crammed together on a small site. The toilets/showers were accessed down a rather dark corridor.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Axel Vetter

Germany

Ranking: 3/10

Too expensive, not good, not friendly.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Matthias

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

A good place to be when it rains the whole day. The lodge is quite nice, a good kitchen for self cooking.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Sandra Schneifer

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Everything provided in the kitchen. Very good atmosphere, book in advance! Best place ever!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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dollimyxture

United Kingdom

Ranking: 4/10

Campervan site was pretty much a carpark. I guess this might be because of the high rainfall.

Each powered site had a picnic table which i thought was nice until the people staying in the backpackers part used ours as their smoking area.

Toilets were the worst i'd seen during the trip. They hadn't been cleaned and it smelled soooo bad i think there might have been something wrong with their system. My other half said the guys were fine.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Peter and Hilda

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Only limited spaces available. The most pure drinking water ever experienced. Fill up your camper water tank and enjoy for many days.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in April 2010

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Bowness

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Positioning bad and over priced!

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2010

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BelindaT

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent facilities for such a remote area. Friendly, helpful staff and good discounts for clients on the cruises!

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in April 2010

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penz

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

This was the best place we stayed in the South Island. Really!!! We loved it so much. Congratulations to DOC for running such a terrific outfit. Friendly, warm and cosy, and really well equipped. We cooked a proper dinner with utensils and plates supplied to use and a great area to eat our meal. Cosy lounge with games to borrow. Free taxi to the pub to watch the rugby and an awesome walk home under the stars. Very tame kea who visited INSIDE our campervan. LOVED IT AND WOULD GO BACK TOMORROW. Stay here it's great!!!

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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ccthornton100

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

I'm a more mature traveller, single and female and was on a kayaking trip to Milford Sound. My room at the Lodge was comfortable but rather noisy - they cater for mostly young backpackers or did when I was there, so not many people of my age. The bathroom was clean, but the highlight was the cafe. I ordered scrambled eggs on bagel and Earl Grey tea - delicious! The portion was enormous, there must have been 3 or 4 eggs, and they were served on a large bagel accompanied with a small dish of real tomato sauce not ketchup! Good value $8 and I saved half to eat for lunch, it was so big!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Colby Smythe

United States

Ranking: 9/10

A very friendly and international atmosphere makes even a campsite very enjoyable. Big & useful kitchen along with a comfortable lounge makes a very comfortable stay.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Nathalie

France

Ranking: 8/10

Very good - space, shower,complete kitchen, booking activity, beautiful view,camp van - dormitory and lodge. Staff friendly, good value. Book in advance.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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Tillener

Switzerland

Ranking: 5/10

You can't eat/drink outside, because of the f*****g sandflys, and expensive.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Honeymooners

United Kingdom

Ranking: 3/10

Overcrowded campsite and facilities. We got the impression that there were simply too many people being packed into too small a space in both the buildings and on the campsite. Unhelpful staff did not help the experience. This was the worst place we stayed during our month in NZ.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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marcol

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Bad road to get to the lodge and campground but it is close to the Milford Sound and friendly staff.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Suzanne

United States

Ranking: 9/10

I stayed in the hostel at the lodge. It is clean and had a comfortable bunk bed. I even got a significant discount on the day cruise on milford sound that they sell. After such a long drive to Milford Sound, it was great being able to spend the night there and go on both the 2 hr. cruise last cruise of the day and first the next morning when the lighting is beautiful on the sound and there are almost no tourist around and the boats are almost empty.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Heide

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Nice and friendly staff, small campground, crowded.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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JohannaB

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Most expensive camp ground we've been too, but quite nice, living area was too crowded.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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RebeccaD1

Australia

Ranking: 5/10

Really beautiful spot, however looked a bit rundown. Could have provided meals. If so, we would have stayed longer.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Andrea

Germany

Ranking: 4/10

Campground was very expensive, nothing special and not very nice. Living area was nice.

Reviewed over 10 years ago