Kidds Bush Reserve Campsite

Kidds Bush Reserve Campsite

Lake Hawea


82 Rankers Reviews

23 Face-to-Face

10 Dump Station

9 Wanaka Township


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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


  • Basic Camping
  • Dump Station


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The Gillies's avatar

The Gillies

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic spot on the lake down a good gravel track. Clean toilets. Great skimming stones.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Maree's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

The best little spot . $16 for 2 adults and an infant . Beautiful views . Flush toilets . Sinks to wash up in .

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Siobhan's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

This site is stunning. I could have stayed for 3 days. If your hesitating, stay here. Its a little tricky to find but once your on the gravel track just stay on it.

Reviewed 8 months ago

Ambili's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

This was our second visit and we were lucky to get a flat site right on the lakefront to pitch our tent. Beautiful views, clean flushing toilets, washing up and cooking areas, and the whole place was nice and quiet (residents permitting!) . There are lots of bitey little bugs here so bring good repellent.

Reviewed 8 months ago

Ange's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

A hidden gem. Worth the drive. We had a camper van and the road was no trouble at all. We had a lake front park. Facilities typical of DOC. Very reasonable rate to stay. Lake was beautiful. Stunning place to stay. Sand flies were not too much of a problem if you take precautions!

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Paula's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful spot for camping. Clean flush toilets. Lots of space even for large caravans. You will have to drive on gravel road for 15 min, very dusty. We had a lots of sandflies!!! That was the only problem there. Nice hike next to it and after swim in the lake.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Boardwalk Blss

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Great campsite right on Lake Hawea - we were there by ourselves early Aug 2020. It’s easy to miss the road into this DoC site as its not well signposted and referenced only as Kidds Bush reserve on an old “camping prohibited” sign - as Hwy 6 heading east drops down to Lake Hawea look for Meads Rd signpost. Gravel road through farmland and several cattle grates but no gates to open/close.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in August 2020

Thangs's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Facing Lake Hawea, this was a fantastic site to stay for a night. There are a few toilets, a washing area and a shelter, but otherwise no facilities. You’ll drive about 15 minutes on the gravel road to get to the site, and about 20 minutes to the carpark to climb Isthmus Peak.

Reviewed over 1 year 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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Nick Morrison

Rankers owner