Lake Tutira Campsite

Lake Tutira Campsite

Tutira area


Toby's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Arrived after finding out a local campsite was full on Labour Weekend. We turned up at about 3pm and found a spot at the top of the campsite. Busy spot on Labour Weekend but apparently quiet at other times. Lots of sandflies near the lake. Long drops clean and don't smell which is always a nice surprise!

Highly recommend this spot.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Dan's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Really like this spot. Grabbed a park right in the lake front. A nice little hike close by. The long drop is surprisingly clean and doesn't smell. Beautiful spot for sunset

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Lake Tutira was great! Stayed for one night. Hardly any sand flies or mozzies. Swans are very friendly came right up to our tent while we were eating. Quite a big space too.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Dagmar's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Our family of three stayed in Lake Tutira overnight from 4th May 2019. The weather was perfect with no or very little wind. 6 other campers shared a large area designated for camping. There was no other noise than trucks passing by on the other side of the lake. The water seemed to be clean but we did not swim. The campground is surrounded by kettle. And anywhere we went strong kettle farm like smell was present. And not only the smell. I personally dislike the fact that kettle and sheep have access right onto the lake bank. It degrades the human recreational area purpose altogether and there is no joy having a picnic amongst animals feces. Except for this we love Lake Tutira and come often in any season.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Anders Knutsson


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful place, just by the lake. Good hiking trails around the campsite. Definitely worth a visit.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful setting in a paddock surrounded amongst tress for shade.
Three Composting long drops (bring your own toilet paper), no kitchen or shower facilities but running water that requires boiling first.
Approximately 700 metres from the road so you can hear the vehicles in the distance but nothing to worry about.
All the campers apart from one small group got a little noisey but apart from that it’s a stunning place to stay.
About 4 different walking tracks start from the camp grounds.
No cell phone coverage.
We will definitely be coming back :)

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Amul's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Stunning campsite right on the lake. Can hear some noise from the road across the lake but not loud enough to keep you awake. Nice sheltered area with benches for picnic and good trails here too. Drop toilet was ok, clean but no toilet paper

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Annalies Beard

Ranking: 7/10

Pretty spot by the lake. Only thing that put me off were the black swans who were nosey and weren't scared off by me shouting at them and waving sticks!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Juliana G

Ranking: 9/10

Really nice little campground. The scenery is beautiful and there is ample space. It feels quite private, but you are close enough to the road (across the lake) to hear some noise during the night. Still, we really liked this spot!

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Chris Read

Ranking: 7/10

Nice little campground - but watch out for the aggressive black swans

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Sidney Stokkers


Ranking: 9/10

Fees are on donation, and what a fantastic place this was! Birds and sheep keep you company. We got a beautiful morning with mirror reflection of the landscape in the lake, just stunning...

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in October 2014

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Roland Oldengarm

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome camp ground, next to a lake with great views. It was a pity it's unsafe for swimming. We really enjoyed staying here!

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Jurgen Moors

Ranking: 7/10

Nice little camp right on the Lake Shore, long drop toilets only but okay. Some nice walks around the lake, you can hear the road noise from the other side of the lake, but it's not that bad.
Lot's of friendly sheep not scared of humans at all. Paradise on earth if you like sheep, as they are all around you, and you can watch them all day long.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Josefina Tassone


Ranking: 8/10

Good place with toilets and water, a few shelters if it is raining. You cannot swim or do any water activities on the lake, anyway good place to spend the evening, lots of walks to do.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Andreas Jung


Ranking: 10/10

Very nice sites direct on the lake, good fishing / swimming, quiet and romantic views over the lake. Toilets - sometimes no toilet paper, water.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

GN100's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely tranquil lake and campsite with a number of mature trees to offer shade. Feels more remote (600 metres from main road SH2 ), but some traffic noise. Apparently the water quality is poor in the lake, but OK for a paddle.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Johannes J


Ranking: 8/10

You have to drive 600m from the picknick area to reach the camping spots. Just a longdrop and untreated water. You will hear the trucks on the road but for me it wasn't too bad. There are some walks nearby but they were closed for lambing when we were there.
Price: 5 $ pp

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Erik Muchembled


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful place, water supply, toilets, walks and ducks.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Large area to park in with lots of mature trees right on the lake, very picturesque especially in the autumn. Lake not ideal for swimming but great for trout fishing, kayaking & bird watching. Handy to plenty of hikes, bush walks & waterfalls.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Great campsite between two lakes, so beautiful! With a lot of black swans, and little mountains around.....

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Cymen Crick

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Easy access from State Highway 2 onto a short gravel road that leads to a large camping area with good toilet and water facilities. Presently $5 per night per person. The lake is very tranquil but the ever present engine braking of trucks on the highway is a downer.
Lots of nearby walk options with Lake Waikopiro a easy 30 minute stroll for all ages.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago