Lake Pearson (Moana Rua) Campsite...

Lake Pearson (Moana Rua) Campsite

Arthur's Pass

Lake Pearson (Moana Rua) Campsite - Arthur's Pass


57 Rankers Reviews

16 Face-to-Face

253 Basic Camping

10 Springfield



Go fish!
Mature willows
Lake Pearson
Lake Pearson as seen from the highway
lakeside camp site
Lake Pearson


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.


Feature Value Info


South IslandCanterburySpringfield


  • Basic Camping
  • Free





  • Tent Site

    Number of tent sites - 20.

    Adult $8/day
    Child $8/day


Showing 13 reviews of 56.

Renee's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

We loved this spot. Quiet, flat sites and a toilet ! Cheap and we don't begrudge paying for DOC sites at this price. Shame others freeload and expect others to pay for them.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Jae-Marie Edwards


Ranking: 9/10

This is a gorgeous spot! We stopped here for a break along Arthur’s Pass on the way to Hokitika and Franz Josef, and were astounded by the beauty. So when we couldn’t get through Haast because of the broken bridge we decided to sleep here on the way back through! Even with other campers it was quiet and wasn’t hard to use the toilet. Would stay again.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Tash & Laura

Ranking: 8/10

Good DOC spot. Lovely lake with ducks :). No running water at all so make sure you fill up. Only one long drop toilet which was clean but maybe not quite enough for number of guests as was fairy full when we stayed. Half hour from Arthur’s pass and plenty of walks to do

Reviewed 8 months ago

James's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Lovely location with splendid views of the lake- really close to Arthur's pass about a 25 minute drive which is ideal if you want to head over in the morning.
Long drop toilet was in great condition and well stocked with toilet paper and hand sanitiser.
Fairly busy but plenty of space.
Costs $8 per person per night not free!

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Lilia's avatar


Ranking: 2/10

It's already not for free i was surprised when i realized that. Without water supply i was not happy...

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Kiri Edwards

Ranking: 9/10

Open again August 2018. Beautiful location. All new fencing, bitumen and parking sites in place. Good longdrop toilet, didn't smell and had toilet paper. Now $8 per person per night. Lots of friendly ducks. Two hoppy ducks with wonky legs. Wanted to stay longer due to beautiful location. Would recommend.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Sezz bella

Ranking: 1/10

This place is still closed.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Clobby's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

CLOSED ON 2nd March 2018.
The location looks fantastic, can’t comment on staying there because it was closed off by large fences and gravel trucks. I can’t give it a proper rating, just a neutral 6/10 for location. I just felt a notice of closure, even temporary would help others.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Jarod Haegel


Ranking: 10/10

Brilliant view of lake surrounded by the hills. Can park right next to the water. Lots of ducks. Make sure you get there early since the good spots fill up fast. Good drop toilet. Popular place so expect neighbours. This is the best free camp site in NZ!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in November 2017

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Pirita Latja


Ranking: 9/10

Very nice free campsite by a lake on the way to Arthur's Pass. Lots of space, can be a bit windy but hey we're in the mountains. Clean long drop toilets. Good camping.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Sanne Heil

Ranking: 8/10

This is one of the most beautiful free camp sites we’ve stayed! Great spot at the lake and surrounded by mountains. Be sure to arrive early as it fills up pretty quickly. The camp site’s description says that there should be a water point but we couldn’t find it?!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Sally Caboche


Ranking: 10/10

April 2017 This was the first night of our 2 week road trip around the South Island.Having clambered around the rocks at Castle Hill until late afternoon, Lake Pearson was just a short 20 mins up the road. The wind picked up a bit through the night but we were relatively sheltered amongst the trees right on the lake's edge. We woke to a fresh dusting of snow on the peaks and were greeted by a spectacular view and friendly ducks ... and yes hoppy was a keen visitor with us, too. The site was beautiful; there were a handful of other vans and all was quiet. The long drop was clean and the hand sanitizer was a nice touch. It was the best free campsite of our trip and rated in our top 3 of all sites we stayed at.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in April 2017

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Katy Coutts

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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