7 Rankers Reviews
288 Basic Camping
18 St Arnaud
South Island ▷ Nelson Region ▷ St Arnaud
I was surprised to find that it’s actually quite sunny in the afternoon in winter until 5pm (early August). Lots of bird song, thanks to good predator control. Not much traffic so fairly quiet. Half hour walk into town via a MTB track and back via the ‘Moraine Track beside the highway. Almost as good as Kerr Bay but less than half the price!
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We spent the day at Kerr Bay Campsite, super nice, retired here as our campsite pass was included. 2 long drop toilets with sanitizer. No fresh drinking water so boil/bring your own. Nice spot, would be nicer in winter with the ice skating pond. Saw an eel in that pond so check it out anyway. MTB trails looked the goods.
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Good spot for stopping overnight. Toilet and gravel car park. Nothing special but gets the job done :)
Not quite where the map has it marked but easy enough to find thanks to signs; cross a gravel area through a hedge opening. Pleasant DOC reps and okay toilets. Great spot before visiting Lake Rotoiti in the morning. Quite a few bees around in the morning though.
The location is not where this app has it marked, although very close so just look out for the signs! Beautiful and relatively sandfly free, it’s just a quick drive to Lake Rotoiti for sunrise. The water needs to be filtered to drink, but the toilets are clean and the noise from the main road doesn’t affect the camp site much.
I wonder where this is.. the location on the map is thick bush.. no info regarding camping, no access.. a little further towards St Arnaud, there is a small road to the left that leads to a gravel parking with room for a few campervans and a sign telling this is for SC only. No info on payment, no facilities, just a gravel area with a simple sign. The place the listing and that other review mentioned soundes pretty nice and I am sure this is not it (the view is nice though and secluded from the main road)
I give it a 7 for access. Both to the main road and then nearby access to the plethora of walks dotted around this area. Good for car campers. Free with the Conservation Campsite Pass - bonus. I first visited here 20 years ago to have a crack at ice skating. So you get the drift, it's shaded and cold in the cooler months. Good sun for at least 6 months of the year though.
Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍