Enjoy water activities on the lake at this easily accessible campsite in the picturesque Nelson Lakes National Park. It is only open during the summer months.


10 July 2020: Booking with Apple iPhone or iPad 

Due to a technical issue, you can't currently make a booking with an Apple iPhone or iPad. We are working on this. In the meantime, please use a desktop or laptop instead of these devices.

Campsite overview


  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan


  • Forest
  • Rivers and lakes


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Boat launching
  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Shelter for cooking
  • Shower - cold
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - treated, suitable for drinking
  • Wheelchair accessible with assistance
40 non-powered/tent sites


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Mountain biking
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

The campsite is open from mid-December to the end of April.

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

The campsite has sites tucked amongst kanuka/manuka forest. It is adjacent to Lake Rotoiti and there is a boat launching ramp nearby.

Campsite zones

There are two separate camping zones, Jetty and Buller.

View a map of campsite zones (PDF, 3,408K)

These camping areas have no power.

Volunteer camp host opportunities

Volunteers are needed to act as camp hosts for a minimum of two weeks from mid December through to late April.

You would need your own campervan or caravan. A free powered site is provided in return for basic duties such as checking camper bookings and liaising with the Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre.

For more information and application form: Nelson Lakes volunteer camp host

Getting there

Lake Rotoiti, West Bay. Just off SH63 on the Mt Robert Road, west of St Arnauld. The campsite is a 3 km drive or 30 minute walk (2-3 km depending which way you go) from St Arnaud village.

St Arnaud is 1 hour 30 minutes by road from Nelson or Blenheim.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1585648, N5372685
Latitude: -41.79783, Longitude: 172.82739 

View map of St Arnaud (PDF, 582K)


  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $7.50 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free


The DOC/NZMCA Campsite Pass can be used at West Bay Buller, except between 20 December and the end of Waitangi weekend. It cannot be used at West Bay Jetty.

To pay with your NZMCA pass, create/update your account on our booking system. Under 'Apply for a discount', select 'NZMCA Pass Holder' and upload a scan of your pass. Once we've verified your pass, it will be automatically applied when you make a booking.

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.


Bookings are required all year. Book well in advance for the Christmas holiday period, classic and power boat weekends, and Easter.

Book West Bay campsite online

A $10 service fee applies to all phone, email and in-person bookings.

Your booking will be for a site, which will be allocated/selected on arrival.


Services offered at the Park Visitor Centre include walk and tramping information, maps, hut bookings and tickets, fishing licences and retail sales. Interpretive displays explain the landforms, history and wildlife of the area.

Know before you go

Campsite rules

  • The camp is within Nelson Lakes National Park, park by-laws apply.
  • No domestic pets are allowed.
  • Sites must be vacated by 11 am on the day of departure.
  • Speed limit in the camping areas is 5 km/hr.
  • Excessive noise in the campgrounds after 11 pm will not be tolerated.
  • Keep rubbish to a minimum.
  • No fires.
  • Jet skis are prohibited.

The management reserves the right to cancel tenancy at any time if park by-laws or these regulations are contravened and under such circumstances will not refund any fees paid in advance.


Rotoiti / Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 521 1806
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   View Road
St Arnaud
Postal Address:   PO Box 55
St Arnaud 7053
Whakatū / Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Postal Address:   Private Bag 5
Nelson 7042
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