Owen River Reserve Camping Ground...

Owen River Reserve Camping Ground


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9 Murchison


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A huge recreation area that is managed by a group of local residents. A good place to chill out and use facilities - there are a bunch of activities to do in the area including rafting, kayaking, walking and fishing.

Payment needs to be made at the pub down the road.

Does close for the winter months.


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Tasman District Council

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South IslandNelson RegionMurchison


  • Basic Camping


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Beth's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice grounds, hot showers (luxury!!), some epic swings and real nice mountain views. Sandflies are bad but they’re bad literally everywhere

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Mark B

Ranking: 8/10

During this really busy season we came across this campsite by accident. Not many people here and really peaceful right beside the Buller river. Plenty of space for our camper, canopy and tent under shady trees.
Have just had a swim - but not too deep as very swift current. Plenty of sandflies but lots of bug spray and they are not so bothersome. Lots of wasps also but not bothering us. They disappeared in the evening. Toilets and showers are really good for the style of camp site. Recommend this spot if you prefer something more basic.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Sandra's avatar



Ranking: 8/10

Great place if you love beauty and space and convenience. They’re my main criteria for a great camp. Showers basic but good enough.
Not many sandflies when we went.
I would go again😊

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

Doug's avatar


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Ranking: 4/10

The least value for money of our whole trip.

Neither of the 2 hot showers worked.

Food and beverages at the pub where you pay were expensive.

Points to note - LOTS of sandflies and wasps. Just be prepared and there is no real problem. Wear a face mask to protect against the sandflies.

Nice covered area you can cook in and prepare a tent if you need to.

Down a gravel drive but gentle slope,

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Eva Pehrson Sweden

Ranking: 1/10

Big area and few campingvans. But there are thousens of sandflies and wasps. We have to sit inside the car the whole afternon and evening. Sorry, but we can’t recommend it!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Emily's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

The reviews are right about sandflies - but these are OK if you cover yourself up with Bugspray - they will fly around you but not bother you.
The location is worth it - the campsite is next to a beautiful stream and there are clean and usable facilities for both shower and toilet on site. The site doesn't get at all busy and there are several clumps of trees that offer shade and a spot to hang a hammock. The owners have a lovely, old Pub on the site that has the most friendly cat, cheap beers and both indoor tables and a lovely beer garden. They also serve food but we did not eat here.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Ranking: 7/10

Good spot by the river, clean facilities. The hot showers where really nice! Its true about the sandfly's there really are a lot of them, but if you keep them outside, you will be fine.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Harriet Smith

Ranking: 7/10

Clean facilities, $10 per person, hot showers. Friendly staff at the tavern and decent prices. 1 million sand flies.

Reviewed over 5 years ago