IntroductionThis is a standard campsite in the Coastal Otago area on the Catlins coast is nestled in the bush. It has easy access to the beautiful beach and estuary at Papatowai, and there are short walks nearby.
- Non-powered/tent sites
- Shelter for cooking
- Toilets - non-flush
- Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
- Wheelchair accessible
Fires are not permitted at any time. See fire rules on conservation land.
- Adult (18+ years): $10 per night
- Child (5–17 years): $5 per
- Infant (0 - 4 years): free
Pay online at the time of booking.
The DOC Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite.
Campsite Pass bookings must be booked online before occupying a site. If you do not pre-book, bookings may be made by campground staff (if present) and will incur a $10 service charge.
Bookings are open for stays up to 30 June 2023.
Bookings for 1 July 2023 – 30 June 2024 will open in 2023. The opening date will be announced on this page in late March 2023.
All bookings operate on a first-come first-served basis. We do not operate waiting lists for bookings for future seasons, or currently booked-out facilities.
Bookings are required all year.
A $10 service fee applies to phone and in-person booking. This is a limited service – book online first. An in-person booking is dependent on there being space available.
Your booking will be for the number of people in your party – there are no designated sites. Find space for your party on arrival.
Turn off SH1 at Balclutha. Drive south past Owaka until you reach the Papatowai township. Sealed access.
Grid reference: E1329443-N4837591
Latitude: -46.56074723, Longitude: 169.4699424
- Bar on the river – not ideal for boats at low tide.
- Limited mobile phone coverage.