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Lake Pukaki Overnight Campervan Parking


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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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South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzieTwizel


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


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Digger operator

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely place to stay best spot ever with the best views

Reviewed 4 days ago

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 6 months 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 8 months 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 8 months ago

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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 8 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 10 months ago

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Michelle's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing views. Awesome place to stay.

Reviewed 11 months 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 11 months ago

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Jim Henderson

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Great location. Lots of construction going on at present, so a bit noisy. In all fairness, their listing indicated this and we knew it going in. Nice, level powered site overlooking the lake. Very clean facilities - showers, toilet and communal kitchen. Nice bbq grills outside. About a 20 min. walk back into town and the Church of the Good Shepard. Fantastic cafe in town - Greedy Cow. Had a top notch croque madame and coffee for brekkie.

Reviewed 12 months ago

Mel's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic spot. Gorgeous view of lake. Well sign posted.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Daniel's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing spot overlooking lake Pukaki down towards Aoraki. Is a large area with lots of space great place to stay before heading to Mt Cook.

Reviewed about 1 year ago