Introduction

This is a basic campsite in the Queenstown/Wakatipu area, 15 km from Arrowtown, at the end of a 4WD road that crosses the Arrow River numerous times.

Campsite overview

Access

  • Foot
  • 4WD
  • Mountain bike

Landscape

  • Rivers and lakes

Category

  • Category
Basic

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served

Facilities

  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Toilets
  • Water from stream
36 non-powered/tent sites

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this campsite

The road to Macetown. Photo: John Mazey.
The road to Macetown

Camp in Macetown, one of Otago’s most intact historic goldfield towns. Walk, bike or 4WD around the township or up the valley to the Homeward Bound Stamper Battery.

Getting there

Follow Macetown Road 15 km up the Arrow River from Arrowtown. Walking time 3-4 hours one way, Mountain Biking 1-2 hours one way.

Rough gravel, 4WD road with 23 river crossings - at times impassable.

Location

Grid reference: NZTM2000, E1269866-N5023335
Latitude: -44.86689162, Longitude: 168.82098055

Fees

Free

Know before you go

Check access and weather conditions at the DOC Queenstown Visitor Centre before you set out. At times the road is impassable to all traffic.

The historic site is protected by law and the removal of any material is illegal.

Water can be taken from the nearby river - it is generally considered safe to drink but you may want to boil or sterilise it for your own protection. 

Contacts

Whakatipu-wai-Māori / Queenstown Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 442 7935
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   queenstownvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   50 Stanley Street
Queenstown
9300
Postal Address:   PO Box 811
Queenstown 9348
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