Okarito Camping Ground

Okarito Camping Ground




80 Rankers Reviews

18 Face-to-Face

109 Basic Camping

6 Okarito



Okarito wilderness
Wicked spots to call your own
On the way in to Okarito


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.


Feature Value Info


South IslandWest CoastOkarito


  • Basic Camping



  • Unpowered Site

    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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Marinette Kegels's avatar

Marinette Kegels

Ranking: 7/10

Okarito Camping ground is a (really) basic campsite.
Friendly host, but 15$ per person is really exaggerated. Facilities and amenities are outdated and not enough. WiFi is still not working.... this time the excuse was: the latest storm! At the income of the village there was internet 😂 (they better say: no WiFi zone 😉) BUT: if you like walking: the tracks are great, nature is amazing and you have to use this campground🥴so you can start early in the morning for the Three mile lagoon walk, depending the tidal you can make the loop.
We had beautiful weather..... what do you need more 💪

Reviewed 25 days ago

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Shaun's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Only $2 more then most DOC Campsites and you get your moneys worth- free wifi, showers ($2), power points etc

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Ceri's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great simple camp site between the sea and the mountains. The toilets and kitchen facilities were clean and free Wi-fi was great. There’s a lovely wetlands walk nearby and a bracing walk along the beach which is just beyond the hedge. We had no sandflies due to the wind. It’s the perfect spot to chill away from the crowds and a great price too.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Lauren's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

it’s just like a big Carpark with good amenities, but the area is lovely and I’m so glad we decided to visit Okarito. Several walks to do from the campsite.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Raphaele's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Loved our stay here. Friendly caretaker and lots to do in the immediate area (trails, kiwi tour, kayaking on the lagoon, beach). Showers were with $2 for 4 Minutes the priciest of our trip. Overall the facilities were clean and did the job.

Reviewed 3 months ago

Mahi's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

The owner are very kind kiwis! 30 $ +2$/shower +2$/bbq. Free wifi. But the place are a bit disappointing. It's basically a parking lot, 2 or 3 tables. We think that the sites changed, it would have been closer to the beach. Nice beach, a lot of sandflies, seagulls and nests.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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David Aylmore's avatar

David Aylmore

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Just a great place to stay. Peaceful, wonderful location and looked after by friendly locals or seasonal hosts. Great facilities including hot showers and free Wi-fi. All for just 15 NZd pp. Planned one night but returned from the Franz Joseph helicopter mayhem for a second night. Also saw a wild Kiwi (bird) with Kiwitours based in the village. If you go, be prepared for a unique experience!!!!

Reviewed 4 months ago

Floatyurboater's avatar


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 5 months ago

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