Lake Middleton Campsite

Lake Middleton Campsite

Twizel area


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Lake Middleton
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The Waitaki District Council looks after this campsite and for a small fee you can experience the goodness. Please register and pay on arrival - information is on the registration booths.

This campsite is situated on the shores of Lake Middleton, which is next to Lake Ohau. Camp in among the mature douglas fir trees, feels a bit Canadian really. This is a good place for fishing, walking and mountain biking.


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DOC Otago

Central government organisation


South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzieOmarama


  • Basic Camping


$p's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

I arrived in the dark and was quite confused about where exactly the campground was as the sign/info is just on a pullover on the road. I went and camped by lake m, not totally sure if was supposed to! Next morning I realized there was a wee area on the lake ohau side of the road that appeared to have toilets also. Toilets on lake m side were locked. No water tap. Overall nice place to stay just 20-30min off from the main highway.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10


Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Henry Waters


Ranking: 10/10

Picturesque, relaxing stopover site near Mt Cook. Easy access

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Theo Stockmann


Ranking: 9/10

Stunning place. Were there is high season. Not many tourists. Lake Middleton is nice but on the other side of the road are also soms spots near lake Ohau. Great views there.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Samantha H.

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely doc site. Toilets clean. Very popular with locals so need to get there early to get a good spot.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Judy's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Gorgeous place to stay. Clean toilets. Lake is stunning. What a place to wake up to. Sadly, no fish. I'll just keep practicing casting and maybe one day I'll get one.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Francois Roux


Ranking: 9/10

We spent one great night in that site, enjoying swimming in the lake and wild birds while a strong wind was sweeping Ohau lake.
Just take care of the sandflies at dusk.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Mark McLeod

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful secluded spot, great place for the family with Lake Middleton very good for swimming, clean toilets & recycling bins for the rubbish. Great value for the $24 for a family of 4 each night, ended up staying 5 nights we enjoyed it so much. Will come again.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

Adam's avatar


Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

One of the best places in New Zealand I have ever seen.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Sidney Stokkers


Ranking: 6/10

Quite pricy when compared to the DOC sites. When we were there in November 2014 we were the only ones and could not find the toilets at first (it was quite hidden in the trees). Scenery is beautiful. Campsite itself could be better maintained, it was quite muddy and there is quite some inclination on the terrain

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in October 2014

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New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

We loved staying here. Apart from the toilets and water tap you have to be self suffcient. A sign says to boil the water but my son accidently drank it and he didn't get sick. We swam in the lake and we could hear a gale blowing up Lake Ohau but we were completely sheltered where we were. It was great being able to walk over the road to the other lake for a different view. We would stay here again.

Reviewed over 10 years 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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Cymen Crick

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