Kidds Bush Reserve Campsite

Kidds Bush Reserve Campsite

Lake Hawea



72 Rankers Reviews

23 Face-to-Face

17 Dump Station

55 Basic Camping

17 Wanaka Township



Kidds Bush
Heaps of space
Get down with the locals!


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.


Feature Value Info


South IslandWanaka RegionWanaka Township


  • Dump Station
  • Basic Camping





  • Unpowered Campsite

    Number of tent sites - 40.

    Adult $8/day
    Child $4/day


Showing 8 reviews of 70.

Leona's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Really great view of the lake - very few sandflies but some larger houseflies with annoying buzzing. Lovely clean flush toilets. No drinking water. I could have stayed here for a week, just lying around by the lake, swimming, kayaking, relaxing. Ideal for families. I had good 4G and cell reception.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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GM's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

We camped here on quite a wet evening but the camp itself was very pleasant. Very good toilet facilities and a shelter to cook in out of the rain. Very cheap. Lots of space.
It's down quite a long gravel road and when we drove it there were quite a few enormous cows and bulls in the road that we drove past v e r y s l o w l y ! (n.b. there are cattle grids to keep the cows out of the campsite)

Cost (2p, non-powered): $16
Location: Pretty, would be incredible in the sunshine. Bit out of the way.
Facilities: Flush toilets and shelter
Value: 9/10
Sandflies: A few
X-Factor: Probably in the sunshine...
Other: Beware the cows!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Fred's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Visited Nov 19 - $8 per person (no powered sites)
It's a few kilometres down a bit of a bumpy road but totally and utterly worth it.
What an incredible location. The views were absolutely amazing.
Also, there are proper flushing, clean toilets and sinks for washing up.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Suthep's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Good location and private. Toilet is quite clean. Recommend to arrive early evening to take a great view of lake

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Cathy Casanova

Ranking: 10/10

Magnifique lieu en bordure de lac. Beaucoup d espace.pas trop de sandflies. on aimerait que tous les campings du Doc ressemblent à celui là.

Reviewed 12 months ago

Anne's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Absoulety gorgeous! Quiet but only problem was that I was being eaten alive! Definitely coming back when I return to NZ

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Jonathan's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

A beautiful and peaceful place. Off the main road. Maintained with care and love. The cleanest wc you can think of. Can be a bit windy but that means no sandflyes...Ideal place

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Lauren's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful lakeside location! The scenery made it.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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