A basic camping area along side Lake Pearson very popular with bird watching and fishing. Camp nestled underneath the mature willow trees, a huge gravel turning area good for large vehicles. Picnic tables scattered throughout the site.
There is a large 'Rest area' sign on the main road leading the way.
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What a great find for free! Stayed here about 12 times over 2 months as climbing in the area. Exceptionally busy over Easter but quieter after, though always at least 10 vehicles, even when - 5°c! However, DOC do a great job with the toilet (long drop) - always stocked with toilet paper and hand sanitiser! The ducks are super friendly too, especially 'Hoppy', the one-legged mallard.
For a free DOC campsite, this is a great option. The long drop toilet was pretty dirty and smelly, but does the job! The lakeside setting is nice, with ducks wandering around and the chance to spot some rarer species. Sandflies not so bad here as on the west coast. Willow trees provide fairly good privacy, but the site is clearly popular so get there early for a good spot.
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This was our first night in an RV and what a place to begin! The ability to camp right on the lakeside was great - not withstanding the various bugs, spray essential. The weather was perfect so the views and the colours magical. The long drop toilet had no paper but it did have sanitiser. A great place to start.
This was the very first campground we tented at in New Zealand. It was freezing cold in early January, the snow nearly fell all the way down to the lake. But the scenery with the white peaks and the lake with the blue ducks was just amazing. The toilet was fine. Free DOC site, very cool.
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Big campsite but very popular and crowded. Only one long-drop toilet that comes with toilet paper and hand sanitizer. It stays rather clean considering the number of people here in summer (February). Not much sandflies when we arrived around 8pm but they were there in the morning when we woke. You can camp right by the lake if you come early enough!
An awesome spot next to a lake. Drop toilet onsite, plenty of room on grass or gravel. The local ducklings were very tame, eating from our hands.
Went in the middle of September. We arrived late in the evening and had the place by ourselves. We were stuck in the mud going down to the willow tree. Luckily, in the morning the ground was frozen and we were able to get out. In the evening, with a bright moon, the lake is very calm. In the early morning, the view is stunning!
Absolutely stunning freedom campsite. Great walking trails close by. Good for before or after Arthurs pass. Right on the Lake. Saw a few people feeding the ducks. Please to not feed the wildlife!! They become dependent on human food. Clean long drop toilet.
Lovely, peaceful spot by the lake. We stayed in May and it was pretty chilly, with the advantage of having the place to ourselves. No sandflies either. We thought the scenery was bleak - dark, bare hills with dark, overhanging clouds - but beautiful.
Amazing view over the lake. Clean toilet that always had toilet paper and sanitiser. Bring your own water. Free!
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Superb location. Fantastic setting, and free. Can get busy but there is plenty of room for everyone. Best to go self contained as toilet looked dodgy.
So beautiful. Magnificent views. Free, with only a long-drop toilet. Road around to some sites is deeply rutted, so take care arriving.
Stunning location! Plenty of pitch, but gets very busy. So if you want lake view pitch up early. Great for birdwatching. Nights are cold even during the summer due to its location.