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South IslandWest CoastOkarito

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.

Okarito wilderness

Okarito wilderness

Wicked spots to call your own

Wicked spots to call your own

On the way in to Okarito

On the way in to Okarito

Contact Details

Email: okaritocampground@gmail.com

Okarito Address:
Russell Street

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    Wild and beautiful with toilets, showers, and a shelter with a fridge and sink, a few cooking sites and picnic tables. Coin-operated electric BBQ.

    Adult $15/day

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Lucy Oury

Ranking: 8/10

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.

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Arron and Vema

Ranking: 8/10

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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Jerry Bart

Ranking: 7/10

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.

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Emily Livesey

Ranking: 9/10

Great little DOC site with a seperate section for tents. We were in a self contained bus so didn't need to use the facilities but the toilets/showers and sinks looked pretty clean! The bins were overflowing the next day with recycling etc but we did go at the end of Feb so it got very busy in the evening. We did the 3 mile lagoon walk at low tide in the evening which was lovely - the view at the lagoon of the mountains is incredible. We also saw some Seals in the sea as we walked along the beach. A friendly local told us to have a fire on the beach at night as the beach is always littered with drift wood so we did just that and stargazed which was absolutely incredible - definitely a highlight of our trip. I'd say very inexpensive for what's on offer here but it's not the biggest of sites so get here early/mid afternoon in summer to get a decent spot. Beware of sandflies however!!!

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Katie Marx

Ranking: 10/10

Nice little spot and a good alternative to places like Gillespie beach which are often packed out.
We were camping and found a pretty little patch to set our tent up in. It's not too crowded and the grounds are arranged in a way to enable privacy.
Awesome facilities, complete with an old school clothes washing press! Showers are coin operated and there was a cue at peak times.
It's only a short stroll to what is quite a unique and striking beach. Would imagine there's good fishing there if that's your thing. It's likewise a short walk to the township. Don't know if this is the norm but there was a gig playing the night we were there, so you're not short on things to do.
As this is on the west coast, sandfly caveat does apply: come prepared and cook before the sun goes down. Not as bad as around the Haast pass though.
PS: Bonus points for the big, fat wood pigeon which sat preening itself in a nearby tree for thirty minutes!

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Andy Kubic

Ranking: 7/10

Close to the beach. Camping is mostly on an open field. There is a nice indoor facility and sink to wash dishes.

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