269 Rankers Reviews
60 Camping Grounds
75 Dump Station
14 Lake Tekapo
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Probably the nicest campsite we have stayed at in New Zealand and set the standard for what we expect from campsites now. Andrea and Gavin are some of the best hosts we had. Facilities are clean and were redone a few years back. And the views! Nothing like it at other campsites in New Zealand.
We spent some time there so some recommendations:
* Tramping - make sure you do Mt. John Observatory Track. Maybe the most underrated hike in New Zealand.
* Photography - Star shots at the Church of the Good Shepherd
* Random - 2 frisbee golf courses across the lake
* Food - Lamb burger at Blue Lake
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Great campsite, next to the lake. Spacious pitches and clean facilities. Can walk up to the Observatory and get a great view of the lake!
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This place has a surprisingly low rating (in my opinion). I thought it was great for what it was. You can't beat the location and the facilities were clean and the sites were fairly large (in the powered site areas). There are not many other options in the area so you don't have much of a choice but I wouldn't hesitate to book here again.
By NZ standards this is camping on the industrial scale. A large impersonal site which is functional but a bit of a building site and a bit of a blot on the landscape. It seems that those in control have decided to herd all the tourists into one spot - presumably to prevent them from spoiling everywhere else. There may be a landscaping plan in progress which, in 10 years time or so could render this a still large but not unattractive site, situated as it is on the very edge of the lake but it’s not clear what is planned if anything. Still it serves the purpose for an overnight stop and the facilities were clean. Don’t buy too much WiFi because the bandwidth is limited and you can’t do much.
Ratings of campgrounds are very subjective. We were a family of 5. 2 kids and 3 adults. The view is amazing. The toilets and facilities are new and very clean. For kids activities there is a little water park 50m down the road plus swimming in the lake. Also easy hikes up to mount John observatory. If you stay there prepare yourself for an amazing star gazing experience. The cost was below some of the other place we slept at so we would call it acceptably proceed. For 5 it was 90nzd.
A real tourist parking place. Here is the true face of the tourism industry. The compelling kiwi welcome no longer exists here. The campground is crowded in a very dry environment where it is hard to peg a tent. We are parked we minimum space. The worst place I have been so far.
Tanja & Sven
Great located for star glazing, but book in advance
Good location at the base of the lake, but just too big for our liking. Campers were crammed together and this wasn’t even the busy season. However, it’s walking distance to town.