Papatowai Campsite

Papatowai Campsite

Catlins coastal area



27 Rankers Reviews

7 Face-to-Face

122 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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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 5 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed 9 months 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 11 months 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 about 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 about 1 year ago

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Samantha Brewin

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely open grassey campground surrounded by Forrest, with clean toilet facilities. Bring cash to leave your DOC campground fees in the box at the entrance to park. Approx. $8 per person per night.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Nathan Lal

Ranking: 7/10

Perfect place for one or two nights. The sites can be a little boggy after rain, has a camp style kitchen connected to toilet block. Easy to find as it is in front of a shop/petrol station.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Kyla Ashmore

Ranking: 9/10

Nice sheltered DOC site with an enclosed kitchen and flushing toilets and plenty of benches. More than I was expecting. $8 per adult.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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