Lake Pukaki Overnight Campervan...

Lake Pukaki Overnight Campervan Parking



162 Rankers Reviews

39 Face-to-Face

61 Freedom Camping

6 Twizel


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It doesn't get much more amazing... Lake Pukaki


Self Contained Vehicles only are allowed along the whole of Lake Pukaki.

This lakeside reserve off SH8 is frequented by self-contained campervans and motorhomes.
Stunning views of NZ's Mt Cook over Lake Pukaki by day and of the sparkling universe by night...
Please respect all signage, pack your goodies in and pack your rubbish out when you go.


Feature Value Info


South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzieTwizel


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


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Joey's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Our favorite place! Gorgeous view of the lake and mt cook. Tons of space for campervans, but not all level or with an unobstructed view. Drop toilets smelly but clean enough, hand sanitizer provided.

Reviewed 13 days ago

Ju's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

My best memory of all the camps we’ve done! And for free!!! What a feeling of freedom in this beautiful scenery!!! Toilets are basic and stinky but the scenery makes it up for it. And at no cost you can only appreciate the beauty around you. At dusk or sunset it becomes magical !!!
Ps: we arrived around 5pm was already very full. Some vans left later on as I guess some are just spending the day here.

Reviewed 16 days ago

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Jana's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

A beautiful spot for freedom camping. Stunning views and loads of space. The toilets are dirty but ok if you have self-contained car so you don’t have to deal with it :) one of the best free campsites we stayed in last two weeks

Reviewed 2 months ago

Drew's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Best view I’ve seen on a freedom camp, can have a swim in the water and Mt Cook is overlooking the beautiful blue lake. Toilets are drop toilets 4 of them. Heaps of space to camp on gravel

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Alvin's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great camping site, big space and with lots of other campervans but plenty of spots for our favourite. Porta loos at the base of hill, very clean no smell however bring your own light in the dark of the night.
There are a further three tiered layer to the entire camping space. Campervan spots at the top of hill overlook towards Mt Cook and is the most scenic

Reviewed 3 months ago

Dani's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Amazing Spot to sleep..beautiful view, nice stars...a little bit cowded and thw toilet is hard to use in the night without light, but the view is worth

Reviewed 4 months ago

Lisa's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

sehr kalt und teilweise windig, aber wunderschön. liebe Camper, bitte nicht immer so nah an die Nachbarn stellen. es ist mehr als genug Platz für alle.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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kay's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

campsite with great view and it's free !!

Reviewed 6 months ago

Ambs's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Such a great spot right on Lake Pukaki. It depends which area you park, you may have to walk to the toilets but it’s not far. Toilets smelled fine during the day, but at night pwoooaaa. Nasty. Keep the lids closed ppl.
If it wasn’t raining I’m sure the views of the mountains and stars would’ve been incredible. Oh well, hopefully next time :)

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Katherine Ong

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing views and it’s free. Loads of space available for campervans. Four toilets but long drops (but well maintained). Mt cook alpine salmon just round the corner at the lake pukaki visitor centre - still premium pricing but smoked salmon pate is lovely!

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Kate's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Arrived at 4:30 just in time to set up, relax and catch the sunset. 100% recommend to spend the night here heaps of space however the ground is quite uneven and sits on a tad of a slope but so worth it for the afternoon view. Toilets are available but were a bit of a walk from the top area.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Mads Mossin

Ranking: 10/10

One of the best Places on earth.
You can park All along the Lake side. Much Better than by the Main place!

Reviewed 9 months ago and experienced in March 2019

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Ah Beng

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing place, they have drop down toilets here

Reviewed 9 months ago