This is a Community-owned and operated campground. We stayed two nights, in small hiking tents. The tent site area was good, except for the stony subsurface typical of most if not all West Coast campsites. Camp facilities (toilets, showers, sheltered cooking facilities and dining room etc) were clean & tidy. Areas reserved for campervans and similar appeared good quality. Access to the beach - known for lovely sunsets was very convenient, as was access to the Okarito lagoon/wetland. We did not visit the community "General Store" so cannot comment on what supplies might be available there. Access to Okarito is via a fully sealed road.
This campsite is right by the beach in Okarito, and close to the lagoon if you want to take a kayaking tour to view the local bird life. You can also walk up to the trig to view the lagoons and beach from up high. The campsite is good value for money but the kitchen doesn't have any cooking utensils, plates or cutlery so you will need to bring your own. You will also need to pay $2 if you want a 5-minute hot shower. The hamlet nearby is very pleasant too.
This Campground is in a superb location, has very good facilities and it is good to know that the pitch fees go back into the local community. If there are no hosts on sit there is a self registration. Quiet and with all weather gravel pitches for campvans and grass for campers. Dining room, showers (2nzd) , wash up, clothes wash, public phone, free Wi-fi, w/C's. What more could you want for 15nzd pp?
Okarito is a small village and this basic campground is in the village and a close walk to the beach and lagoon. Up the street is a fantastic walk above 3 mile lagoon. Also up the street - the Kiwi folks - who will take you out to spot the rare Okarito Kiwi at night. I was totally bummed that the small group tour was booked for the night we stayed in Okarito. Oh well, it was beautiful and a worthwhile stay. The camp is basic, no power, but reasonable bath and shower facilities. We were in a 7 meter RV so it was tough to find a spot that was not too muddy (it had rained the day before). Otherwise, great stopover. Sometimes these small quaint and out of the way places are the best. You just have to be willing to put up with a few inconveniences!
We stopped at the Okarito campground because of the positive reviews on Rankers and TripAdvisor. Unfortunately the location may be fantastic for accessing a beach, but the site is poor in our opinion, as the facilities are insufficient for the number using them. To be fair the site is limited in its size due to the location, but while there we had torrential rain and although the flooding was out of the sites control, people moved vans onto the highest and hardest ground causing congestion in the central area which meant there were too many people concentrated in a small area and many congregated in the kitchen shelter, which was overwhelmed. Not a pleasant experience for us.