Kidds Bush Reserve Campsite

Lake Hawea

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The Kidds Bush Reserve Camping Ground is super busy during the holidays an awesome spot with plenty of space to join on in with the locals.

Its away from the main road so it feels like you are in quite an isolated spot. The campsite is alongside the lake in a large grassy area, with lots of shade from beech trees. Walking track nearby. This place gets extremely cold in the winter, so cold that the water pipes all freeze up! Well out of the sandfly zone - wicked.

There is a shelter and a boat ramp here.

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Phone: (03) 477 0677

Phone (intl): +64 3 477 0677

Wanaka Township Address:
Off SH6, at 'The Neck' between Lakes Hawea and Wanaka, 32 km north of Wanaka

57 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 8.

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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Paula G

Ranking: 9/10

One of my favourite freedom camping spots during our holiday. Basic very clean toilet. Shady trees. Cheap $8 per person. Great for swimming. Not suitable for large camper vans as the track is very narrow tho we were in a 7 metre Bolero (cheeky) and it handled the dirt road well. Drive very slow going in and out as there is usually cattle on the road.

Reviewed 7 days ago

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Rachael Dyson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

What an amazing place to camp for the night. Right next to Lake Hawea, couldn't have been better! Basic toilets however covered kitchen with running water which was useful when it rained.

Reviewed 21 days ago

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Cindy

Ranking: 9/10

We paid $8 pp and it was well worth it. There's flushing toilets, water and a sheltered picnic area not to mention the view of the lake and surrounding area. There were plenty of parking spaces, lakeside if you wanted. Spectacular

Reviewed 24 days ago

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Demi Thompson

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Good place to stay. Toilets available although I used our own. We got in very late and just paid with the envelopes and forms located when you drive in. Not too bad for $8pp, stunning view during the day. We got some awesome photos. Bring insect repellant as it's close to water. Heaps of space to park.

Be careful when arriving while it's dark. We drove through paddocks of cows to get there and it may take a while as they are a bit slow to move lol.

Reviewed 25 days ago

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Eva

Ranking: 10/10

This is my first campsite in my Jucy campervan. Stunning sunsets by the lake, good toilets, can’t complain for $8!

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Arne

Ranking: 9/10

Nice Spot directly at Lake Hawea. There's a Hut where you can sit and cook. Water and sinks to do the dishes.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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James

Ranking: 10/10

I am there as I write this and leaving my first Ranked review to say how lovely this place is. DoC sites are never bad, and most are good, but this one is a bit special, and is in close contest for best one with the 2 at the top of the Coromandel....Port Jackson or something like that and the one just after it! With Lake Hawea you're talking a 'proper' lake, and have passed many times and am chuffed to have the opportunity to camp next to it.....for 8 dollars per person! 8!!! Best value for money ever! Anyway, lovely views, right on top of Lake, toilets and kitchen type area spic and span, and ranger Sally was lovely. Love seeing the lights of the cars pass by on the main road on the other side of the lake at twilight. No sandflies to speak of on this day. Love it.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Tristan & Jolie

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent campground right on the lake with beautiful views at one of NZ’s most stunning places, great hike up to Sawyer Burn Hut if you’re feeling energetic for an incredible hike with breathtaking views over Lake Hawea & the close by mountains - hike took us just over 4 hrs return from the campground.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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    Number of tent sites - 40.

    Adult $8/day
    Child $4/day

57 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 8.

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 😍

Paula G's avatar

Paula G

Ranking: 9/10

One of my favourite freedom camping spots during our holiday. Basic very clean toilet. Shady trees. Cheap $8 per person. Great for swimming. Not suitable for large camper vans as the track is very narrow tho we were in a 7 metre Bolero (cheeky) and it handled the dirt road well. Drive very slow going in and out as there is usually cattle on the road.

Reviewed 7 days ago

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Rachael Dyson's avatar

Rachael Dyson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

What an amazing place to camp for the night. Right next to Lake Hawea, couldn't have been better! Basic toilets however covered kitchen with running water which was useful when it rained.

Reviewed 21 days ago

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Cindy

Ranking: 9/10

We paid $8 pp and it was well worth it. There's flushing toilets, water and a sheltered picnic area not to mention the view of the lake and surrounding area. There were plenty of parking spaces, lakeside if you wanted. Spectacular

Reviewed 24 days ago

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Demi Thompson

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Good place to stay. Toilets available although I used our own. We got in very late and just paid with the envelopes and forms located when you drive in. Not too bad for $8pp, stunning view during the day. We got some awesome photos. Bring insect repellant as it's close to water. Heaps of space to park.

Be careful when arriving while it's dark. We drove through paddocks of cows to get there and it may take a while as they are a bit slow to move lol.

Reviewed 25 days ago

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Eva's avatar

Eva

Ranking: 10/10

This is my first campsite in my Jucy campervan. Stunning sunsets by the lake, good toilets, can’t complain for $8!

Reviewed 3 months ago

Arne's avatar

Arne

Ranking: 9/10

Nice Spot directly at Lake Hawea. There's a Hut where you can sit and cook. Water and sinks to do the dishes.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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James's avatar

James

Ranking: 10/10

I am there as I write this and leaving my first Ranked review to say how lovely this place is. DoC sites are never bad, and most are good, but this one is a bit special, and is in close contest for best one with the 2 at the top of the Coromandel....Port Jackson or something like that and the one just after it! With Lake Hawea you're talking a 'proper' lake, and have passed many times and am chuffed to have the opportunity to camp next to it.....for 8 dollars per person! 8!!! Best value for money ever! Anyway, lovely views, right on top of Lake, toilets and kitchen type area spic and span, and ranger Sally was lovely. Love seeing the lights of the cars pass by on the main road on the other side of the lake at twilight. No sandflies to speak of on this day. Love it.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Tristan & Jolie

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent campground right on the lake with beautiful views at one of NZ’s most stunning places, great hike up to Sawyer Burn Hut if you’re feeling energetic for an incredible hike with breathtaking views over Lake Hawea & the close by mountains - hike took us just over 4 hrs return from the campground.

Reviewed 9 months ago