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Campgrounds and responsible camping

Westland District Council encourages campers to be responsible, treat our environment with care and respect our communities.

There are many different options for camping in the Westland District, with commercial operators, Motor Caravan Association (members sites) and Department of Conservation sites throughout the region. The Responsible Camping season runs until 30 June 2020.

Camping in non-self-contained vehicles is only permitted in sanctioned Responsible Camping Sites.

  • Okuku (Closed for season)
  • Acre Creek (Closed for season)
  • Beach Road (Open to Self-contained vehicle only)
  • Bruce Bay (Closed for season)
  • Hannahs Clearing (Closed for season)
  • Jackson Bay (Closed)
More information can be found below:

Non-self contained camp sites are available at the following locations:
  • Treetop walkways - Hokitika (Open all year)
  • Honey Café - Kumara (Closes 1 July)
  • Otira Hotel   (Closes 1 July)
  • Kokatahi Hotel (Closes 1 July)

Campers are encouraged to use the commercial operators in the area, as this provides access to dumping stations, laundry and cooking facilities that are not available at our responsible camping sites.
Some camping options are:
  • Black Sands Motor Lodge, Hokitika 03 7558773
  • Shining Star Chalets and Caravan Park, Hokitika 03 7558921
  • Beach House Hokitika 03 7556859
  • Hokitika Holiday Park 03 7557754
  • Ross Visitor Centre 03 7554077
  • Harihari Motor Inn 03 7533026
  • Whataroa Hotel 03 7534076
  • Franz Josef Mobil Station 03 7520725
  • Forest Park, Franz Josef 03 7520220
  • Mountain View Holiday Park Franz Josef (private guests only) 03 7520735
  • Franz Josef Holiday Park (septic tank) 03 7520766
  • Fox Camping ground 03 7510821
  • Fox Glacier Lodge 03 7510888

Council dump stations are available in the following locations: 
  • Hokitika - Oxidation Ponds, SH6
  • Franz Josef - Between Cron Street and SH6
  • Haast - by the toilets on Marks Road