Kidds Bush Reserve Campsite

Kidds Bush Reserve Campsite

Lake Hawea



69 Rankers Reviews

23 Face-to-Face

9 Dump Station

48 Basic Camping

14 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


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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 6 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 7 months ago

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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 9 months ago

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 9 months ago

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Lauren's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful lakeside location! The scenery made it.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Sam's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Must be nice during off-season. But superbusy now. We were one of the last vehicles they let in.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Connor's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Lovely, quiet campsite next to the lake. Was nice and tidy, with a friendly DOC ranger.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Maka's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Awesome and discreet location. Clean toilets and pristine lake. Kids loved swimming in the lake. Highly recommend just have insect repellent on hand for sand flies.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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