Lake Taylor Campsite

Lake Taylor Campsite

Lake Sumner Conservation Park


8 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

1 Springs Junction


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Lake Taylor Camping Ground


A beautiful area well worth the effort to get into over a pretty rough gravel road. You can find a little spot to call your own beside the lake. There is plenty to do here. Including a great walk to hot pools, within the mountains, a few hours or so hours up the valley.


  • Lake Sumner Road closed

    Lake Sumner Road is washed out and closed from Inches Road. You cannot access Lake Taylor, Loch Katrine or Lake Sumner from this road. Hurunui District Council are working on repairing the road and expect this will not be open until mid-March at the earliest – weather permitting.

    For more information, contact the Hurunui District Council +64 3 314 8816.

    First published on 17 February 2022. Last reviewed on 9 March 2022.


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Mark N Howell's avatar

Mark N Howell

Ranking: 10/10

We stayed for the weekend mid-February, a long (over an hour) but well-maintained gravel track to get there but well worth it. Was a little windy and the water was warm enough to swim, also kayaked. Clear skies made for great star gazing and woke to a calm lake the next day. Watch out for sand flys and wasps though.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Kane W

Ranking: 8/10

My experience was amazing. I went with a large group and even the younger ones were enjoying them selfs with the lovely lake and next to perfect scenery. Gotta love New Zealand cheer

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in February 2018

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Katie's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

30km gravel road so be ready for it, some nice camping spots along the way, saw lots of hunters, kayakers and 4wd trucks. One hour later you arrive at Lake Taylor, beautiful view but early sunset because in a valley (maybe 1 hour earlier) and cold, bone chilling cold so take lots of warm clothes and blankets, water is cold too. Night was not too cold and very calm, amazing starts, next morning was super windy and lots of wasps all of the sudden! Beautiful spot when no wind but wind can ruin it! Clean toilets, wee shelter for cooking with sink. We took our puppy and she loved it, met multiple other dogs. Quite a few people with Jetski, boats and fishing gear.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Kurt Buri

Ranking: 8/10

A very beautiful spot, just beware of the wind. It was too strong for one man to put up the tent - slept in the 4WD... was well worth it. The access road was rough yet manageable as a number of 2WDs got there. Doc facilities were good, catering for a number of people there on the day.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Stone's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great location with a beautiful view
Despite the hour long gravel road there, started right next to the lake with our tent was really windy so decided to move to the top half of site, long drop toilet and cabin with water tap from tank. Kids hubby and family members enjoyed the walk up the mountain took 3hrs but views were breath taking from what they said,
Would recommend this site nice little hide away for our long weekend.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2018

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Pete Hallam

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10


Reviewed over 12 years ago

registry's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

4 kids ages 4-9 plus 2 adults for 3 night/4 days at Lake Taylor.
Mostly quiet, over the 3 days we saw maybe 10 people, most heading to loch katrine either 4wd or cycling. 1st day pleasent but very blustery, 2nd day was ferocious wind with rain squalls moving in and out. 3rd day was phenominal - calm & sooo hot, water was cold but wonderful. Walked 2 km up lake side to v.nice fishing area. So many fish, son caught a trout and we cooked it for lunch. Kids fed the farmers horses for 2 hours.
Recommend - sun block, insect repellant (they're not too bad thanks to the wind), warm clothes & raincoat, book or 2, fishing gear, swim gear & swim shoes (quite rocky as you'd expect), spring/wet suit (water is cold), kayak would be great. Bikes for ride to loch katrine (could walk the 7k).
Can be exceptionally windy. Kids really enjoyed it

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in January 2008

kencook's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Dirt raod to Lake Taylor + seeing the stars on a clear night was unforgettable.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

DOC Managed

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Cymen Crick

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