Ohau C Camping Ground

Ohau C Camping Ground

Lake Benmore


6 Rankers Reviews

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17 Twizel


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Mt Cook in Autumn


For a small fee of $20 per family of 2 adults and 2 children, you can experience the goodness.

Booking are not needed but if you book ahead then you can pay of direct credit, otherwise it is cash on arrival.

You are not allowed to camp both sides of the canal, only at Ohau C Camping Ground.

To get there, drive south past Twizel over the Ruataniwha Dam bridge, turn left at Lake Benmore sign and follow the canal down until you get to yellow sign saying Ohau C Camping Ground.

This place is popular with the local crew, it is available all year round. There is a boat ramp, recycling facilities, toilets, dump station and safe swimming areas.

This is good old kiwi camping at its best with great fishing and water skiing.

The price is $20 for 2 adults and 2 children under 15, an extra adult is $10
There is winter camping available from the end of April and it is $10 for 2 adults and 2 children under 15 but there is no rubbish and water available at this time.


Feature Value Info


South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzieTwizel


  • Basic Camping
  • Dump Station


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Hazel  Jones's avatar

Hazel Jones

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Ohau C is in such a beautiful part of the country. Great access to Lake Benmore with two boat ramps, and when we stayed there was plenty of room to feel like we were on our own. Lots of fishing in the canals nearby and a fabulous view of Aoraki (Mt Cook). We paid our camp fees and the owners were friendly, they even handed out lollies for the kids on New Years Day. We look forward to going back some time later this year!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Chris wood's avatar

Chris wood

Ranking: 1/10

The owners of this camp are rude abrupt and very unhelpful.
The toilet area and dump site were discustingly dirty and unhygenic.
And actually you can freedom camp on the other side of the canal. There are plenty of lovely spots in and around the willows . This is land controlled by LINZ. Which means you can camp there for up to 30days.
The owners of the ohau c camp site have put up no 'overnight stay signs' in this area which should be disregarded.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Tristan & Jolie

Ranking: 8/10

Nice camp area, fairly busy with lead up to Easter, good facilities, lovely views of the lake.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Jayraj Rau's avatar

Jayraj Rau


Ranking: 7/10

Great place, great sceneries!!! The lady who owns the camp was friendly, collected $10 from us, gave us a receipt and there we were.... in complete isolation... nobody else was there except for the ducks and some colourful birds! The camp was closed for winter and so were the toilets etc.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Ross Macdonald

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

A truly magnificent camping site with stunning views of Lake Benmore and Mount Cook. It has both summer seasonal camping sites available as well as short stay sites both at very reasonable rates. Toilet facilities and a dump station are available for paying campers within the camp along with 3 boat ramps.
Trout and Salmon are in abundance in both Lake Benmore and the surrounding canals so if fishing is your thing then this is certainly a must for your summer holidays.
Both the owners manage the camp in a highly professional manner and go out of there way to be helpful and friendly at all times. The negative comments made ( unnamed of course ) in 2 earlier reviews don't in my view fairly represent how well this camp is run and managed.
Ross MacDonald

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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E Janssen

Ranking: 8/10

We stayed here for one night in winter, is a lovely quiet spot, I think it would be very busy in summer.

Reviewed over 5 years ago