Lake Pukaki Overnight Campervan...

Lake Pukaki Overnight Campervan Parking


180 Rankers Reviews

39 Face-to-Face

16 Freedom Camping

2 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.


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Mackenzie District Council

Local government organisation


South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzieTwizel


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


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Thomas & Maggy

Ranking: 10/10

Our favourite freedom camping spot while traveling for 4 weeks around New Zealand. We had wonderful weather and were able to enjoy the sunset while looking over Lake Pukaki abd Mt Cook. Absoutely recommend this place to anyone!

We had a self-contained campervan and there were just 4 or 5 others on this huge area. Glad the spot on the top of the hill was still available😁

Reviewed 28 days ago

Jenny's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Fabulous views and sunset. Toilets were clean and in good condition.

Reviewed 2 months ago

Mike&Fe's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Came across this site on our way to intense stop as we thought there were no toilets here. But there are!
100% agree with others regarding the views of the lake, mountains and the stars at night. Does not disappoint for the sunrise either. Plenty of room.

Do not think of the toilets as your traditional long drops. Yes they might be a little smelly but they’re super clean and modern looking. Found these toilets even cleaner than many flushing or exeloo toilets we’ve come across. There are four of them.
No water here. They do have hand sanitiser.
Otherwise there are flushing toilets only a little up the road at the Salmon shop.

Great coffee at HYDRO in Twizel. Twizel also has the best Hardware store called Jake’s Hardware which is like the stores of old pre-Bunnings and where you can get pretty much anything you need. Also some great camping and hunting stores in Twizel.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Digger operator

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely place to stay best spot ever with the best views

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Suzanne's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great location although the night we were there it was windy so hid behind the trees. We could still enjoy the sunset by walking to a vantage spot.
Long drop toilets are new but a bit smelly the next morning.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Tash and Liam

Ranking: 8/10

Wonderful free little camping area just away from. The roadside. The only negative here are the toilets were in unbearable state with no ventilation. The view of the lake is incredible though!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Valg's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

This is a large picturesque area with many places to choose from Excellent toilets. Pukaki is so beautiful with views of Mt Cook at the end on a clear day . We were very disappointed not to stay the night as the wind was horrendous and we had to move on.We will return !

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Maree's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Right on the lakefront of Lake Pukaki looking up to Aoraki . Be sure to get there early to secure a good spot , take a dip in the lake and watch the sunset. 4 clean long drop toilets available but a bit of a hike from the good campspots .

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Pablo Boris

Ranking: 10/10

Great place and amazing views!! By far, the best place so far, bathrooms just ok.
But the view is just great, lots of places and so great that we didnt have sandflies. A spot in the middle between Tekapo and Mt Cook.
Highly recommended, check the weather, the best thing is to cook outside with the view of the Alps! Sandflies level: 1 (jan 2021)

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Felix's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great free camp with views across Lake Pukaki to Aoraki in the distance. Clean toilets and a nice spot to watch the sun set.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Kirsten's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great position with view to Mt Cook. The lake is right here and we swam along with others- warmer than other expected.
The toilets were new and clean. Long drop toilets are least smelly when a breeze comes up and moves the vents above the vents. We used our motorhome toilet and the long drops- combo effect.

We loved this spot! Family of 4.
Will come again.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Michelle's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing views. Awesome place to stay.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Ying's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

We stayed here twice in Sep and Nov 2020 and it was one of our favourite freedom camping sites. Great location on the lakefront and several large, clean toilets (though they are a bit of a hike from the furthest carpark). You'll have to arrive by early/mid afternoon to get a good spot.

Reviewed over 1 year ago