Papatowai Campsite

Papatowai Campsite

Catlins coastal area



30 Rankers Reviews

7 Face-to-Face

68 Basic Camping

2 Papatowai



This campsite at Papatowai on the Catlins coast is nestled in the bush. It has easy access to the beautiful beach and estuary, and there are short walks nearby.


Feature Value Info


South IslandSouthlandPapatowai


  • Basic Camping


  • Unpowered Campsite

    Number of tent sites - 116.

    Adult $8/day
    Child $4/day


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Ben and Liv

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely, green grassy spot. Plenty of spaces but some sloping sites - finding a flat spot would be difficult in busy periods. We were there in shoulder season so it was only us and about 3 others! Facilities pretty old but clean. General store and fuel at entrance and short walks to beach nearby.
Only $8 per person - can’t complain!

Reviewed 6 days ago

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Ranking: 10/10

one of the best doc sites we have eher seen. lot of space and really good facilities. a cooking shelter ja available. 8$ per person is ok and much better than the scenic docs without everything

Reviewed 6 months ago and experienced in January 2019

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Kim Erny


Ranking: 10/10

Reasonably priced campsite, $8 per person, plenty of flush toilets, you can disregard the previous comment about being pit toilets. Running water with nice roomy washing up facilities. Nice, green, grassy spots. Not too many lights.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Grizzly Girl

Ranking: 10/10

Great site with epic beaches views and the best smelling drop toilet I might have ever encountered. Only downside were all the people who showed up late with their blinding headlights and then left without paying. Shame on them. If you want to enjoy a nice beach with nice toilets please pay the measly $8.

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Great clean doc site just off of the main road behind the shop

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Paul Cooper

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful campsite with walking access to the beach at during low tide, good fishing out off the rocks at the southern end off the beach, running water an flushing toilets, kitchen with benches, tables an chairs inside on out, camp site is well sheltered for tents. and it's pet friendly which is great.handy little shop out the front on road which also has petrol an diesel on pumps 24/7 bank card access been here many times and plan to stay again.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in September 2017

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Luiz Gustavo Damasceno Ribeiro

Ranking: 8/10

Good - easy to find , a lot room, the camp provides a kitchen area and good toilets. It is conveniently located next to a general store.
Bad - I didn't have signal in my phone. Plenty of campsites even late in the day.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Lizzie V

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Nice spot for camping, $10 a night for me and my tent. There is some nice bush and soft grass to find a pleasant spot to camp in. The facilities are basic, but clean.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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