Otto/MacDonalds Campsite


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This 'standard' level DOC Campsite is a paid campground and offers outstanding lake, mountain, and forest views, lake swimming, plenty of shade and shelter, and grassy areas for tent camping. Camping in tents is allowed. Flush toilets, water (boil), and cooking/picnic shelters are available. Dogs are not permitted. It is accessible to bicycles, car campers, RVs, camper trailers and caravans. Big Rigs are better suited to the McDonald side where the turning circle/path is bigger. You must book in advance. Mobile coverage is limited and best at edge of lake on Otto side of campsite if you book online.

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Lat: -43.297336 Lng: 170.223975

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User 246343

Beautiful spot. Steps down to lake front for access to swimming and walking along narrow beach front. Yes, some sandflys, not too many in the mid morning, stood there and sat without bother. Evening was a different story. Mobile reception: Spark and 2Degrees is best at lake edge (4 bars) or 2-3 bars on steps. Essentially none in the gravel area (what a difference 30m makes). Tent camping you'll want to be at Otto side, and plenty of grassy flat areas either in the middle of the picnic area or lake front. Flush toilets on both sides, clean and well maintained. Water tap in Otto is on the back wall of the toilet block.



Stayed here last night, there are two areas, we turned left, away from the boat ramp, smaller but less people in and out. Lovely place. We had Skinny phone signal at the Lake, there are flushloos and really quiet during the night. We had locals with dogs in the day?!?!?!? Apparently there were camphosts here, but we didn't see them and they definitely weren't cleaning the loos haha! Great little spot! Find us on Instagram if you like we're at @saltyskin Touring NZ!



Nice big spot with good facilities. Stayed at both sites, MacDonalds is a little nicer but at Ottos the mobile reception is better and you have easy access to the lake front which is nice at dusk (just don't forget insect repellant!)


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