Great spot, not the easiest to get to but trust the directions and the road. Room for about 10-15 vans. If the river is low enough you can walk on the bed and take some stunning pictures of sunsets over the mountains. One of the locals did say to be wary of the river levels so if it’s rained or in winter be careful and ready to evacuate if necessary. Lost a mark because so many sandflies.
Such a beautiful place, amazing view .
It's a lost place so you can be alone ^^
You just have to close your campervan when the sun is gone because of the thousand mosquitos...
Really nice secluded little self contained spot next to the river. Only a few campers there when we went but plenty of space for more
This is a great hidden spot to camp. In order to get there, follow Whataroa Flat road until it turns into Adamson road. Continue until the road splits and both branches turn into gravel. At the split, turn left on Whataroa Gorge road. It will follow some turns to become a gravel pit by the river. It's an excellent place to pull up for the night, isolated and peaceful. No amenities, just a place to camp. Not too many sandflies, though the mosquitoes came out in force around 9pm. Still a lovely place to camp and fewer bugs than we've seen at other paid campgrounds.
We only used this site to sleep. Terrible sandflies in the morning, but amazing stars at night. As soon as you turn off the road, take a right towards the river after the no camping sign (which is a little confusing). If you hit a bunch of homes or mobile homes you have gone too far. It is difficult to find in the dark, but there are plenty of spaces and it is right on the river.
Rob & Colleen Elwood
This site is shown as a camping area but is in fact an open gravel pit on the side of the Whataroa River with no facilities. The directions are quite clear and it is easy to find but maybe because it doesn't look much like a campsite people don't realize they have arrived. This has got to be one of the ultimate wilderness campsites and on a nice day the views of Mt Cook to the south add majesty to the feeling of remoteness and isolation. A local farmer told me of the number of motorhomes he has towed with his tractor after they got stuck in the loose gravel of the riverside. DO NOT attempt to use this area if heavy rain is falling or predicted... the Whataroa is not a river to trifle with.
could not find this site at the end of the road, directions need to be improved
The description is kind of misleading. When you hit the end of Whataroa Flat Rd(dont go forward, otherwise you'll be on Adamson Rd and it leads you to nowhere), turn left onto Whataroa George Rd and drive for another few hundred metres then follow an turn-out on the right until reaching to the river side open place. Downside is clouds of mosquitos and sandflies. Got most our bites there.
Very hard to find, we ended up driving around for a fair while and in the end after turning down some roads off the main drag we found an opening to the river - people had been camping there before us judging by the human waste around!
Lots of sandflies and mozzies so remember to keep doors closed, we had a buzzing roof all night!!!
Was still good to get away from the crowds and fish along the river.