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

Lake Pearson (Moana Rua) Campsite

Arthur's Pass



60 Rankers Reviews

16 Face-to-Face

197 Basic Camping

9 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






Showing 13 reviews of 59.

JM's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot with lots of opportunity to find a private place to camp. The lake is amazing and new toilet facilities are great. No powered boats allowed - so bring your kayak or dinghy ! Gorgeous place to spend a night

Reviewed 6 months ago

Stefano's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Has brand new toilets now! Clean but very windy!

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Beth Carlton

Ranking: 8/10

Stunning campsite. Good level gravel site with ample spaces. Right on the lakefront with friendly ducks (we met the infamous hoppy!) Only 1 portaloo but was not peak season when we visited so no issue. $8 per person per site is not a lot for DOC to ask and am happy to support it. Good stopover from Arthur’s pass to Christchurch. Most ‘free’ campsites in Arthur’s pass are no longer free and have unbearable sandflies (we stopped at 3 sites before stopping here) so were very happy to pay a low cost site in exchange for no sandflies.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 almost 2 years 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 2 years ago

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Sezz bella

Ranking: 1/10

This place is still closed.

Reviewed over 2 years 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 2 years 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 over 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 3 years ago

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