Turn off SH1 at Balclutha. Follow the Southern Scenic Route, drive south past Owaka until you reach the Papatowai township.
Number of tent sites - 116
Papatowai campsite. Photo: Lucy Hardy
This campsite 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.