Kidds Bush Reserve Campsite

Kidds Bush Reserve Campsite

Lake Hawea

Reviews

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Suthep

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed about 1 month 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 2 months ago

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Anne

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 3 months ago

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Jonathan

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 4 months ago

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Lauren

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful lakeside location! The scenery made it.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Sam

Ranking: 7/10

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

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Connor

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Maka

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 5 months ago

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Raphaele

Ranking: 10/10

Simply the best, best, BEST! Feels like the middle of nowhere, right next to the lake, a perfect place to unwind and relax. Great views all around and plenty of space (we were there on a Sunday in December along with only a handful of other campers). Clean flush toilets that looked pretty new. Sheltered sink to do the dishes. Campsites like this one are what made us fall in love with NZ.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Thijs

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot and clean

Reviewed 5 months ago

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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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 8 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 12 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year ago

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Mallory

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful area on the lake, plenty of flat options whether you want to be by the lake or more sheltered under trees.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Sophie Avison

Ranking: 9/10

Really beautiful spot by Lake Hawea past some friendly cows on the way in. The DOC ranger on site was super friendly and also could take payments on card which was handy. The toilets were the cleanest out of any doc site I've stayed at. I put my tent up on the lakeside because of the beautiful views but it was pretty exposed and windy so if you're in a tent it's probably better on the grassy area.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Derek Gillard

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Popular with locals so busy we were there Saturday night and it was a bit noisy at night.

Lovely warden told us it would claim down after the weekend and it did we stayed two days went swimming in the lake (yes it was cold) and walked through the wooded trail. It's what the DOC sites are all about.

Toilets very clean.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Clare Davies

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

This is a beautiful camp site. We found a great spot under the trees with views of the lake. Clean toilets and water supply. We saw the most amazing sunset over the lake- the best we saw in our whole month in NZ. Completed the walk up to Sawyer Burn which was steep but great views and straight from the campsite. One of our favourite DOC sites in NZ.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Geart-Jan Benedictus

Ranking: 8/10

Great spot, the gravel road is in very good shape (watch out for the 1000 bunnies ;)). There is no sign but if you're coming from Wanaka it is a gravel road on the right at the end of the lake. Clean toilet, great views and taps (no drink water). Bring spray for the sand flies!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Lucy Oury

Ranking: 9/10

A great lakeside campsite, very peaceful with plenty of space. Sandflies lurking of course, so bring spray. No showers (otherwise I would have given a 10) but a dip in the icy lake is a good option for the brave! $8pp is a fair price for the setting and facilities.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Lucile Gendre

Ranking: 9/10

GREAT VIEW ! A lot of room. Toilets were good. You have a nice area with picnic table, water supply. It's good for $8/pp.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Nick Lawson

Ranking: 9/10

Ridiculously good views. And the toilets are very clean. Didn't give it a 10 as the 6km entrance road is one of the bumpiest.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Linda Livett

Australia

Ranking: 5/10

We really liked having the camp pass as it saved the hassle and worry of needing correct cash. It also noticeably saves money.
The one issue we had is that in Kidds Bush we expected to be able to use it we couldn't. It seems that rules can change quickly for the DOC places that are administered or shared with private or community. Even the woman we spoke to in one of the DOC offices was confused, and thought we should have been ok.
So yes, it's a lovely camp ground. But if you have the Campsite Pass, you may end up like us at Lake Wanaka instead. Which was beautiful!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Brandon

Ranking: 10/10

I can't say anything bad about this place. Clean facilities, absolutely stunning view. Best campsite so far. Caretaker is really sweet and easy going. Lake is stunning so had to go for a dip was cold but so worth it.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Paul Williams

Ranking: 10/10

Cracking view of the lake, refreshing swim to iron out the creases of a camp sleep and the warden was an absolute salt of the earth Kiwiana woman both knowledgeable and friendly 😄

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Craig Eagleton

Ranking: 10/10

This place is simply paradise. The locals said not to tell anyone else :-). The view is amazing & the camp borders with animals grazing the lake shore. Highly recommend.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Trent O'Keeffe

Ranking: 10/10

Big campground with amazing lake views an really nice clean toilets. Long gravel road to get to it but well worth it. $8 each a night. Make sure you don't block anyone's view as an old lady got quite grumpy with us that we blocked her view at 10:30 at night!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Joe Hopkins

Ranking: 10/10

Easily one of the best DoC sites out there. Lakeside pitches. Busy but quiet. Flushing loos and proper sinks. Lots of people looked settled in for a good while and we could see why.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Jude Ong

Singapore

Ranking: 10/10

We fell in love with this spot the moment we pulled up. The drive on the 6km gravel road in our camper was well worth it. Tons of sand flies so be prepared to get bitten if you do not have the correct bug spray. However, that did not stop us from jumping into the refreshingly cold lake for an incredible swim with breathtaking views !

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Ruiyi Yin

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Great scenic campsite with amazing views of the lake and surrounding ranges. Facilities are good and well maintained (flush toilets, sheltered picnic area, washing up sinks). Lots of sandflies, but nothing insect repellant can't fix. Well worth the drive into the site.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Arthur

Ranking: 9/10

A beautiful isolated camp beside Lake Hawea that is surrounded by mountain scenery. Well grassed and flat sites greet you after an easy drive in on a well maintained gravel road. The toilet facilities were being upgraded during our stay and there was a good cooking shelter onsite. Good shore based fishing spots right there and back along the entrance road. A great place to chill out.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Felicity Fay

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Long, dusty dirt track to access, well worth the views, water access, chilled out site, gorgeous spot.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Lena Wesselink

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful campground with a big lake you can swim in! Clean flush toilets and wash facilities. Worth the 6km gravel road! But a lot of sandflies and bumblebees :(

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Tony Maroulis

Ranking: 10/10

Great location (bit of a drive from the road [6km]). Plenty of space, beautiful lake with a pebbly beach allowing easy entry in case one wants to swim. The water is pretty cold, but when the sun is out it is nice. Friendly ranger, good toilets, decent kitchen shelter and two sinks to wash up in. Lots of water outlets apart from that.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Lisa Conradie

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Small campsite right on the lake. Basic, clean flushing toilets no showers, worth the $6 per person. Sandflies to be expected bring your spray. Bumpy gravel road but not too far off the main road.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Jonas Jutzi

Ranking: 10/10

I totally agree with previous statements. One of the best places to be around this area. And yes, quite a few sand flies in the evening! But don't be here in spring during calving period (October/November)! I was lucky, the farmer drove by and allowed me to stay the night, but it is normally forbidden during this time!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Svenja Trubenbach

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Gravel access a bit exhausting, lots of space, possible to swim, quiet, clean, many toilets.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Henrik Bours

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Brilliant spot, remote setting, swimming in the lake, drinking water etc.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Petra Geblova

Ranking: 10/10

One of the best campsites we stayed during our trip this summer. Next to the lake Hawea, plenty of trees to find a shade under, nice clean toilets and drinking water. For $6 pp what a luxury.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Janie Allen

Ranking: 10/10

Fabulous site although pretty full over New Year. In spite of being late we found great pitch with beautiful view over the lake. Good loos and washing up facilities. Let's hope the land owner does not shut this down. Probably the nicest campsite we found on our two week trip in South Island.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Kiernan Matthew

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing clear river water for swimming. Great site and good facilities for a standard DOC with washing up sinks as well as two toilets. Also very little sandflies for the west.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Janis Gallois

France

Ranking: 10/10

Nice view, good equipment (recycling, rubbish bins, sinks).

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Kathrin Deichmann

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

On the lakeside of Lake Hawea, grass and a few trees, a lot of space and good facilities.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Danyelle Miller

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Good shelter, clean toilets, benches to sit, awesome scenery, plenty of space.... mountain weather .......

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Andrew Young

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Utterly wonderful and remote DoC site with pitches directly overlooking Lake Hawea and providing wonderful views morning and evening.
Good, clean flush toilets and water supply.
Long, well-maintained gravel road to get to the site.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Thomas Roche

France

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful site near Lake Hawea you share the sidewalk with cows and sheep. Toilets are good and you have a shelter.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Zoe Ross

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Our favourite paid for campsite after 6 weeks of travelling around NZ. Spent 2 nights here.

Pros:
Beautiful relaxing campsite
Crystal clear lake
Nice hike
Quiet and peaceful
Lots of space

Cons:
Only toilet and sinks
No where to buy wine!
Not free

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Kerri

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

A beautiful spot. A bit out of the way but definately worth the drive. No showers but clean toilets.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2013

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ramy

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely spot. A bit of a drive on a gravel road back to it. Watch out for sheep in the road and campground. Camp by the lake or in the large grassy areas. Wind can be ferocious at times and without warning. Only one other camper was there for the night so we had the place to ourselves which was very nice.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in April 2013

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Annika Schmidt

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

DOC campground - $6pp, nice scenery, drinking water, close to the lake.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Michael Heuer

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely situation, quiet spot at the end of the summer. You can swim in the lake or have a short or long walk. Clean toilets.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Gina Lisi

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Nice lake.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Billy Koichopolos

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Cool lake to swim in.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Steve Maona

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Great! Good water.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Mycall

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Sublime location, great facilities (no showers but with a lake like that...) unbeatable really! Well designed shelter for cooking and even slinging up a line for getting stuff dry. And for some reason no sandflies when we visited despite fantastic sunny weather. DOC at its best.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Clare Cannon

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful spot! A bit hard to get to when hitchhiking though.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Val Phillips

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Right on the lake, spacious, only $6.00 per person. Flushable toilets and drinking water. Rubbish collection available.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Hazel & Alan Damerell

England

Ranking: 10/10

Friendly site with lovable host.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Kasten

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

In the nature by the lake.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Kasia Robshaw

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful campsite on the lake shores. With an excellent 4/6 hour walk, incredible views over the lake and valley.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Andy

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Nice setting when you get there!! Walk in the forest - great. Problem: Sandflies galore!!

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Dr Dorthe Bossow

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Clean toilets. Good location with beaches and stunning views.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Ruud Kapteyn

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice camp-site on the border of the lake. Good facilities, nice tracks, friendly people.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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