Lake Pearson (Moana Rua) Campsite...

Lake Pearson (Moana Rua) Campsite

Arthur's Pass

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

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Renee

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 5 months ago

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Jae-Marie Edwards

Australia

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 5 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 6 months ago

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James

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 9 months ago

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Lilia

Ranking: 2/10

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

Reviewed 10 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

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

Australia

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 over 1 year ago and experienced in November 2017

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Pirita Latja

Finland

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

Australia

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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Lucy Oury

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Cathy Mead

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Fabio Flepp

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Kelly Roxanne

Singapore

Ranking: 7/10

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!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Sue Horstra

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Marvin Galano

Singapore

Ranking: 10/10

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!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Eric Pollard

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Kate

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Sarah Dial

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing view over the lake. Clean toilet that always had toilet paper and sanitiser. Bring your own water. Free!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Peter Barker

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Helena Bond

Ranking: 9/10

So beautiful. Magnificent views. Free, with only a long-drop toilet. Road around to some sites is deeply rutted, so take care arriving.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Gabor Kabacs

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Tony Maroulis

Ranking: 10/10

Nice views, free campsite, not too crowded if you are okay with a longer walk towards the toilet (not in a great state but decent). Inquisitive ducks might visit you.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Jean marc Daubenfeld

French Polynesia

Ranking: 8/10

The weather was cold in summer but we are in the nature.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Mike Humphries

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful spot on lake Pearson. Easy access, good clean toilet and there are ducks!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Avery Wong

Ranking: 10/10

Quiet, beautiful spot for our first night in NZ.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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D'Arcy King

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely worth staying at!!! One of our FAVOURITES!!! Not too many sandflies, views of the lake are SPECTACULAR!!! A few really good spots right on the lake!!! Definitely take a few days and stay here a wee while!! :-D

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Kurz Werner

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

a wonderfull freedom camping place in the very near of Lake Pearson and well located to road 73

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Antoine Vernay

France

Ranking: 8/10

It is really beautiful and quiet and it is possible swim in the lake - it is really refreshing.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in November 2014

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James Webster

Ranking: 8/10

Basic campsite, clean toilet and easy to find. Good spot if going to / from Arthurs Pass.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Chris

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very nice spot, directly at the lake.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Sebastian Sanne

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic spot. Yes, you can hear the road, but the place is spacious and close to the water. Just one dump toilet, so best for self-contained vehicles.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Maggie Tobar

Ranking: 6/10

Beautiful location. Clean toilets. Be careful with the mice, they got into our car. If your food is in a sealed container it should be fine.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Guido Dust

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Nice place, no drinking water without cooking it first, dump toilet, Kea eating everything, they woke us up in the morning on top of our van!

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Gloria Hanke

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful surrounding next to the lake. Only one dump toilet, no drinking water. Free.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Markus Eckert

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful setting, clean toilet, not so noisy but not far from the road, bit overcrowded especially on a Saturday night.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Sara Williams

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Very strong winds, do not recommend parking under trees.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Andrea Beck

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful location surrounded by mountains. Lots of shady spots under trees. Long drop toilet in good nick. Spots offer privacy and space. Too close to main road.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Jane Stevens

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Spacious, a bit windy the night we were there, a long-drop loo. Amazing views of the slopes, volcanic mountains on the ascent to Arthurs pass, snow visible on peaks. Right at waters edge.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Julia Ahrend

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful surroundings, nice lake and hills. Perfect!!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Rebecca Alt

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Wonderful view! with a really cold lake. If you go for a swim in the morning you are definitely awake.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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catherine coombs

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Very basic DOC campsite. To be clear - there are no facilities here except a toilet.
You do however, wake up to amazing views over Lake Pearson, which is an instant 8/10 in our book.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Jade Fleming

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

There was a lot of rain before (and during) our stay so the lake had risen and parts of the site were flooded. So it didn't look great.

The site is right on the road, so can get noisy, especially with the lorries hurtling past (100km speed limit road).

The long drop was horrific, VERY full, not sure if this was something to do with the water levels, but it was not good.

It was ok for the night, and I'm sure on a sunnier day with the lake back to normal, and the long drop sorted it would be better.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Richard Evans

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Basic DOC site, but great spots right on the lake edge -- if you get there early. Lovely views Lake behind and snow covered mountains in front Some bighties so bring the insect repellent (same as for here on, the West Coast and Fiordland).
Clean Tidy, a little traffic noise, but awesome freedom camping site.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Pei

China

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful views of the Pass, bring you food, fill your tank, snows a lot in winter time.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in May 2013

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Fabian

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Katharina

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

DOC, only basic but good for one or two nights and free.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Florian

France

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome spot. The lake is beautiful with the mountains on the back.
In the morning if you're lucky, there's fog on the lake and with the light of the sun you'll take a beautiful picture.
Lots of spaces and FREE !

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Emily Meek

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful location next to lake and sheltered by trees. Not surprisingly a little chilly I would recommend taking extra blankets.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Judith & John Bishop

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

A wonderful spot on the Lake Edge. A DOC site which turned out to be free. Toilets. Fresh trout for dinner. Just off Arthurs Pass road, easy access. Flat and level.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in April 2012

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Ann-Kathrin Auditor

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A free! DOC campground on a nice lake some kilometres south of Arthurs Pass Village. Only toilet there!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Michael Long

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Perfect location and it is free!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Lukas Blaauw

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful lake.

Reviewed over 9 years ago