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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

69 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 9.

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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 3 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 4 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 5 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 5 months ago

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Oceane Imber

Ranking: 10/10

This campground was just fabulous on every aspects. The camp hosts were super friendly and welcoming. We had unlimited WiFi. We had hot showers ($2 -4min that’s plenty of time). The beach was right behind us and gorgeous. There is an amazing walk to do just 5min from the campground. Highly recommend to go there, Okarito is a cute little place to see on your trip! The camp is quite popular so make sure you don’t arrive too late and have a spot!

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Joanna Dring

Ranking: 9/10

I really enjoyed my stay here. The site hosts were really friendly and the place has a relaxed and informal feel to it. The kitchen just has sinks, drainers and a bbq, but it's very clean. Showers are rather expensive for 4 mins, but the site cost is very reasonable and wifi free and unlimited which is great. I'd definitely go back.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Katrina

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Matthijs van Dijk

Ranking: 8/10

Great spot with friendly, welcoming and helpful host!

Reviewed 7 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

69 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 9.

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 3 months ago

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Nathaniel Bond's avatar

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 4 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 5 months ago and experienced in January 2018

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

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 5 months ago

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Oceane Imber's avatar

Oceane Imber

Ranking: 10/10

This campground was just fabulous on every aspects. The camp hosts were super friendly and welcoming. We had unlimited WiFi. We had hot showers ($2 -4min that’s plenty of time). The beach was right behind us and gorgeous. There is an amazing walk to do just 5min from the campground. Highly recommend to go there, Okarito is a cute little place to see on your trip! The camp is quite popular so make sure you don’t arrive too late and have a spot!

Reviewed 5 months ago

Joanna Dring's avatar

Joanna Dring

Ranking: 9/10

I really enjoyed my stay here. The site hosts were really friendly and the place has a relaxed and informal feel to it. The kitchen just has sinks, drainers and a bbq, but it's very clean. Showers are rather expensive for 4 mins, but the site cost is very reasonable and wifi free and unlimited which is great. I'd definitely go back.

Reviewed 5 months ago

Katrina's avatar

Katrina

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Matthijs van Dijk

Ranking: 8/10

Great spot with friendly, welcoming and helpful host!

Reviewed 7 months ago