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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.

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Contact

Email: okaritocampground@gmail.com

Okarito Address:
Russell Street

73 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 10.

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Floatyurboater

Ranking: 8/10

Great location near the beach. Glad we came down to sleep for the night and see an outstanding sunset. Never walked barefoot on the sand and stayed at snow capped mountains before. Looks like one area of the camp closest to the ocean is getting some work done to it, but maybe it is always like that? Showers and toilets were fine. Free WiFi and hot water at the sinks with a supply of dish soap were nice unexpected surprises. A refrigerator with a lock on the freezer (couldn’t use it) and no stoves to cook on were also unexpected, but not so pleasant. At 15 dollars a person, having an extra refrigerator with a freezer for folks with chilly bin ice packs and a couple of propane stoves seems like a wise use of the camp profits.

Reviewed 1 day ago

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Angela

Ranking: 8/10

Fun place with a great location. Quiet and close to the beach and some great trails and kiwi site. Simple kitchen with no real appliances just an area to clean up and prep food. Bathrooms were okay, pay for hot water. WiFi available too. Close to Franz Josef glacier 20-25min.

Reviewed 3 days ago

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Grizzly Girl

Ranking: 9/10

$15/adult with kids free. Covered cooking area but bring your own supplies; hot water for dishes. Barbecue by coin. Showers by coin. Caretaker on site. Close to lots of great beach and forest walks, a lagoon you can rent kayaks for, and a night time kiwi tour operator. Also free wifi which was actually pretty speedy before lots of people showed up in the evening. They are dealing with some flood damage which means fewer sites and a 9/10. Great site in a great little town though. So worth the stay.

Reviewed 7 days ago

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Melinda Pyke

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Such a great spot in September, only one other camper, hot showers, campfire, amazing sunset. Great to see the money going into predator control. Cheaper than Otto McDonald with better amenities, not many sandflies.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Kevin

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely fantastic site. Friendliest people. Beach right next to it. Only campground I’ve been to that allows you to light fires as well. Showers $2 is amazing. Best one I’ve stayed at.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Nathaniel Bond

Ranking: 10/10

The introduction says it all. A really friendly site with helpful hosts, a fantastic location and all the facilities required bar power. Lots of walks and things to see. Well worth the detour.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Helen Bond

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We are glad we made the detour to this lovely site. It is small but has a laid back and friendly atmosphere. The site wardens were very friendly and helpful. The facilities were basic, but it had everything. No power for hook-up, but good fast w-fi. It seems that we wee fortunate that it was not too crowded, for we had plenty of space and did not have to queue for showers or toilets. Direct path to amazing beach, and good walks from car-park just outside the site. Trig walk recommended for views of Franz Josef glacier - on a good day! We were lucky!

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in January 2018

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Helen Rimmer

Ranking: 4/10

$15/person/night, no power. The positives are the location and the hosts. The problem is they are victims of their own success. You are jammed in like sardines in either the main area or the paddock. There aren't enough amenities to service the number of people. There are two sinks, so a wait to wash dishes, 2 ladies or men's toilets, so there is a constant line up. Two showers. You get free WiFi but basically doesn't work unless you go to the seating area and even then there are so many people it isn't worth it. You pay $2 for 4 minute shower and $2 for 20 minute BBQ. Met a couple who said they had stayed before but wouldn't be back as it had changed for the worse. Can't recommend 😕

Reviewed 8 months ago

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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

73 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 10.

Floatyurboater's avatar

Floatyurboater

Ranking: 8/10

Great location near the beach. Glad we came down to sleep for the night and see an outstanding sunset. Never walked barefoot on the sand and stayed at snow capped mountains before. Looks like one area of the camp closest to the ocean is getting some work done to it, but maybe it is always like that? Showers and toilets were fine. Free WiFi and hot water at the sinks with a supply of dish soap were nice unexpected surprises. A refrigerator with a lock on the freezer (couldn’t use it) and no stoves to cook on were also unexpected, but not so pleasant. At 15 dollars a person, having an extra refrigerator with a freezer for folks with chilly bin ice packs and a couple of propane stoves seems like a wise use of the camp profits.

Reviewed 1 day ago

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Angela

Ranking: 8/10

Fun place with a great location. Quiet and close to the beach and some great trails and kiwi site. Simple kitchen with no real appliances just an area to clean up and prep food. Bathrooms were okay, pay for hot water. WiFi available too. Close to Franz Josef glacier 20-25min.

Reviewed 3 days ago

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Grizzly Girl

Ranking: 9/10

$15/adult with kids free. Covered cooking area but bring your own supplies; hot water for dishes. Barbecue by coin. Showers by coin. Caretaker on site. Close to lots of great beach and forest walks, a lagoon you can rent kayaks for, and a night time kiwi tour operator. Also free wifi which was actually pretty speedy before lots of people showed up in the evening. They are dealing with some flood damage which means fewer sites and a 9/10. Great site in a great little town though. So worth the stay.

Reviewed 7 days ago

Avoid Camping Fines!

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Melinda Pyke's avatar

Melinda Pyke

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Such a great spot in September, only one other camper, hot showers, campfire, amazing sunset. Great to see the money going into predator control. Cheaper than Otto McDonald with better amenities, not many sandflies.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Kevin's avatar

Kevin

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely fantastic site. Friendliest people. Beach right next to it. Only campground I’ve been to that allows you to light fires as well. Showers $2 is amazing. Best one I’ve stayed at.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Nathaniel Bond

Ranking: 10/10

The introduction says it all. A really friendly site with helpful hosts, a fantastic location and all the facilities required bar power. Lots of walks and things to see. Well worth the detour.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Helen Bond

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We are glad we made the detour to this lovely site. It is small but has a laid back and friendly atmosphere. The site wardens were very friendly and helpful. The facilities were basic, but it had everything. No power for hook-up, but good fast w-fi. It seems that we wee fortunate that it was not too crowded, for we had plenty of space and did not have to queue for showers or toilets. Direct path to amazing beach, and good walks from car-park just outside the site. Trig walk recommended for views of Franz Josef glacier - on a good day! We were lucky!

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in January 2018

Helen Rimmer's avatar

Helen Rimmer

Ranking: 4/10

$15/person/night, no power. The positives are the location and the hosts. The problem is they are victims of their own success. You are jammed in like sardines in either the main area or the paddock. There aren't enough amenities to service the number of people. There are two sinks, so a wait to wash dishes, 2 ladies or men's toilets, so there is a constant line up. Two showers. You get free WiFi but basically doesn't work unless you go to the seating area and even then there are so many people it isn't worth it. You pay $2 for 4 minute shower and $2 for 20 minute BBQ. Met a couple who said they had stayed before but wouldn't be back as it had changed for the worse. Can't recommend 😕

Reviewed 8 months ago