An amazing place with a friendly vibe, there are lots of little alcoves to put your tent up in. Designated BBQ areas and a short walk to the beach. So well worth the visit!
There are some great walks to do here to the trig and further on to Three and Five mile bay. There are interpretation panels at the top of the trig where it explains the history of the area in the midst of the gold rush when this place was pumping - hard to imaging now.... The walk over the top can be turned into a loopwalk when the tide is low to make it back to Okarito.
Check out the white herons.
Okarito campground will have livein hosts for 2017-2018 summer. Sure to make the experience so much more enjoyable. Prices will be $15 from September. Hot showers $2. Beautiful non treated drinking water. Okarito village uses revenue generated to support a predator control programme on Okarito Lagoon & forest.
Protecting our beautiful bird life.
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We came here for 1 reason: it was the closest option with fresh water before heading through Glacier Country. We will return on future adventures for many reasons: proximity to lagoon and walk (+dolphin spotting and kayaking), the trig walk, wildlife/bird spotting, the gorgeous beach sunset with views of snowcapped mountains, friendly helpful hosts, plenty of space and simple adequate facilities. Payment supports community and environmental projects - may seem expensive to some, but consider some of the southern 'scenic' DOC campgrounds (Lake Paringa for example) where the facilities are simpler and/or disgusting. At $15pp this is a lovely, quiet, interesting little stop-off for a day or two.
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Matthijs van Dijk
Great spot with friendly, welcoming and helpful host!
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Paul and Paula
Look we are newbs with the camper van and we've hit some great spots in only 10 days in NZ but this Okarito place hits all the spots so 10/10. Why - easy access, great vibe, lovely folk. Great camp site ($15 each - so what) its a community project and every penny gets re invested so it’s the bees knees. We had lovely hosts, Richard and Kay on the site were doing the welcome bit and organised a happy hour for the residents.....beautiful and so friendly - if you want isolated gorgeousness off the beaten track but ok for large vehicles then stop here and feel the vibe. Don’t worry about the sand flies just buy the local stuff from the cafe and stay safe...we did and no bother- sunset west and snowy mountains east...OMG
Only option in Okarito, close to the beach and 'town'. Facilities are pretty good - flush toilets with lighting at night, a basic shelter with chairs etc. The hot showers say $1 for 5 minutes hot water, but we timed it and it was only 4 minutes. Bit cheeky. All in all, a nice setting but at $12.50pp it's pretty expensive.
Arron and Vema
Great spot on coast. Very Kiwi experience and beautiful sunsets. All the basics except fresh water. Worth the drive out off main road.
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This is a basic campsite which has a pay in envelope set up. It's now $12.50 per person whether you are in a tent or a Motorhome. Lovely setting very close to the beach but no views.
It's run by the Township of Okarito so the money goes to a good cause. But they have no supervision.
The down side is you pick and choose your own spot so when busy you could have some neighbour issues.
Otherwise a good site especially if you like birding.