Moke Lake Campsite

Moke Lake Campsite - Queenstown

Moke Lake Campsite



121 Rankers Reviews

46 Face-to-Face

14 Queenstown Township


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Moke Lake Recreation Reserve
Moke Lake Camping Ground


This is a scenic campsite in the Queenstown/Wakatipu area. This is a peaceful place beside a small lake.

Go boating, swimming, fishing or canoeing on the lake. Walk or mountain bike from Moke Lake to Lake Dispute (2 hour walk).

Bookings not required - first come, first served.

Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
Child (5–17 years): $7.50 per night
Infant (0–4 years): free

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.
The DOC Campsite Pass cannot be used at this campsite.


  • Bridge repairs - Moke Lake Track

    Throughout the month of May, there will be bridge repairs on the Moke Lake Track near the campground. The bridge will be inaccessible due to the construction work and therefore the circuit may not be able to be completed.

    First published on 27 April 2022.


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DOC Otago

Central government organisation


South IslandQueenstown RegionQueenstown Township


  • Basic Camping


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Nicky's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

This place was so beautiful. Surrounded by mountains and the sounds of different farm animals. We went in our sedan rental and although it was a bumpy ride we made it. The people working there stay over the summer and are very friendly and knowledgable.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Suzanne's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice and quiet this time of year. Only 2 other campers here. Sites are not flat and be careful of vehicles driving through the scratchy shrubs. Good fresh smelling long drop toilets. $15per person. Walk around the lake. Took 90 minutes. Felt so remote but 20 minutes from Queenstown. Part of the road in is single lane.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Ange's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Magic spot that’s a quick easy drive from Queenstown. We had a camper van that handled the road no problem. The lake is stunning. The reflections of the mountains are magic. We mountain biked the track after tea. Lovely ride. Clean well maintained DOC facilities. I thought it was expensive compared to other DOC sites but it is on private land so maybe they have to pay the owners to maintain the road.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Rich's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Clean, tidy and epic views. Nice big site didn't feel busy even over the summer holidays. Doc seen early AM checking payment and cleaning the toilets and cooking shelter

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Sönke's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Really nice site, beautiful lake and clean facilities! Very close to Queenstown as well.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Oliver's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great, well maintained campsite. Beautiful setting and sites separated by bushes for privacy.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Karin's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

(Travelling with husband and two small kids) Absolutely stunning view, lovely campsite. Nice DOC ranger with some good advice on how to be ‘accepted’ by the locals. Basic facilities, don’t expect much. Expect nature at its best and the reason why ‘free’ camping is so great.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Ju's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Loved this place. Beautiful and so quiet and still so close from hectic queenstown. Would go back anytime.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Ashleigh Lim

Ranking: 10/10

I LOVE THIS CAMPSITE! It’s easily my favourite. The only facility is just a public non-flushing toilet however the setting is so peaceful, beautiful and it feels really remote. It was just what I was looking for to relax and just enjoy our surroundings. Do bring some sort of insect repellant though.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Lauren's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Stunning spot, absolutely beautiful location and lovely walk around the lake. Horses and sheep are cool.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Dee Keys

Ranking: 10/10

Perfect place for scenic and tranquil camping with 3 generations of our family. Close to town yet tons of space in beautiful, pure wilderness. Basic facilities completely adequate. Has not got big shade trees but plenty of smaller bushes. Insect repellent a good idea. Walk around the lake lovely and just right for kiddies to get a feel for tramping. Lake nice for swimming in hot January weather. Camp wardens Roy and Dorita went out of their way to be helpful and friendly, very much appreciate their contribution to making our stay at Moke Lake so memorable.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Skyeandjoe's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Absolute heaven. Brilliant views, lovely walk/jog around the lake (2hrs) our fave camping spot so far. (With a small tent)

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Timothy Davies

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

A bit of a drive along a gravel road from the highway, but a gorgeous site with lovely views. Facilities were basic but clean. One of the best places we stayed. Get up early and walk around the lake, it was beautiful.

Reviewed over 2 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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