New Zealand Camping - South Island:
Milford Sound
Fiordland National Park

New Zealand Camping - near Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park

ADDRESS / TEL / GPS coordinates:

Cascade Creek Conservation Area

Off State Highway 95 (Te Anau-Manapouri Highway)

76km north of Te Anau


South Island

New Zealand

44.8947S 168.0743E

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NZ Camping - Fiordland National Park, near Milford Sound

Cascade Creek is a large grass camping ground along side a creek (funnily enough) with stunning views of the Fiordland National Park peaks all around. If you are here in December the meadow will be full of lupins of all colours.

This campground is a perfect for large RVs, as there are plenty of big pull-ins in which to park.

We spent a lovely afternoon sat by the crystal clear creek in amongst the flowers (the photo at the top of this page is the view from my camp chair!)

There are 10 DOC campsites along State Highway 94, between Te Anau and Milford Sound, so you should have no trouble finding somewhere inexpensive and beautiful to camp near Milford Sound. Cascade Creek is one of the prettiest, so is Lake Gunn 2km further up the road.

New Zealand Camping - Cascade Creek is only 1 hour from this...Milford Sound

If you are camping in Fiordland National Park, the chances are you are on your way to Milford Sound. You wont be disappointed. It really is so beautiful. We had a lovely clear day for our boat trip. What made it even more special was being surrounded by a pod of over a 100 dusky dolphins, doing somersaults and just plain old showing off. A very special moment in my life. Hope you get to meet them too.

If you want to meet some keas, there is a naughty a rabble of these that hang out just before the tunnel on the road to Milford Sound. We spotted them as we were driving, attacking some road cones, so we stopped to take their picture. They instantly abandoned the road cones and made for our van. They love the rubber around the windows! They're an entertaining bunch that's for sure.

Amazing waterfalls of Milford Sound

Before you leave Cascade Creek and if you have the time, do the 45 minute nature walk through the red beech forest to Lake Gunn - it’s really lovely.

Word of warning...there are sandflies at all the DOC campsites in Fiordland National Park, so there is no escaping the evil creatures.


$6 per adult, $3 per child per child (5-17 years old), under 5’s are free


20 campsites (as described by DOC, but it is a large grass area with no real designated campsites and so can accommodate more sites than that)


All year


First come first served



New Zealand Camping - Fiordland Milford Sound (Cascade Creek Conservation Area Campground)


  • Grass area, with no designated sites
  • Vault/long drop/compost toilets
  • Non-drinking water
  • Picnic tables (but just a few)
  • Fire pits (just a few)

Note: No drinking water.








  • Tramping/hiking (Lake Gunn nature walk is a short walk through a lovely forest. Nearby is also the start of the Routeburn Track from the Divide end)
  • Fly fishing
  • Swimming
  • Kayaking
  • Scenic drive (the drive from Te Anau to Milford Sound is beautiful, particularly the part after the tunnel. Voted one of the best drives in the world. It's not unusual for your brakes to smoke on the final descent! You'll need to hire snow chains from a Te Anau service station from May - November)
  • Milford Sound (take a boat trip or just simply look at it - beautiful, beautiful, beautiful)

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