Hope Saddle Lookout

Hope Saddle Lookout

Overnight Campervan Parking



18 Rankers Reviews

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218 Freedom Camping

10 Murchison



Hope Saddle Lookout
The picnic shelter


Beautiful lookout point. There is a shelter with a bench and a great place to have a picnic on the manicured grassy flat.


Feature Value Info


South IslandNelson RegionMurchison


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free



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Ray's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

There's a sign saying 'no camping' however there have been several other campers. We also stayed and had a nice dinner, watching the sunset over the mountains. The spot could have been a bit more flat for better sleeping and you could hear the cars and trucks driving. But overall a very nice place if it's still allowed to camp there.

Reviewed 3 days ago

Dani's avatar


Ranking: 3/10

Very nice lookout, but would rather not stay a night again. No flushing toilet (very smelly), very crowded place, even at night people trying to get in. No trash, but nice picnic area...although it is for free the night, there are better places...

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Susanne's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice lookout and nice place to stay a night. Toilets are not great but ok. For a free place to stay absolutely great

Reviewed 3 months ago

Libby's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Lovely campsite and for free. Nice views. Toilets not much and not a lot of spaces for campers to park but lovely in general

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Charlotte's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot that overlooks the moutains. Was VERY cold overnight and early morning but was amazing to wake up to some native birds and watch the sunrise, especially for free!

Reviewed 8 months ago

Ti's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

The spot looked full when we arrived at 4pm. But it is just really busy for the view. Most people left after 20min. There is room for 8 vehicles. Flat surface. The toilet smells really bad and there are a lot of sandflies and wasps.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Schmeek's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Very basic site. Has a toilet, shelter, but no runnig water. The view is beautiful, and considering that it is free very recommendable for a night

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Joseph's avatar


Ranking: 3/10

Wasn’t very clear on the freedom parking so we moved on but I’m sure would have been fine to stay the night but we didn’t want to risk it

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Danny van Meel

Ranking: 6/10

OK to spend the night, very few spots, dirty toilets but it's free 😊. Nice lookout!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Nat Geider

Ranking: 9/10

Very quaint with pretty view. The toilets were okay for free camping, maybe a few to many odours compares to what we were used to in other freedom camping places but hey! They work the job! Don’t drive too fast on the gravel road it’s tilted and we did almost hurt ourselves arriving at night.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Gregoire Gaud

Ranking: 6/10

Nice lookout but only a few spots. However toilet is really smelly. Best to park further away from it. Would give it a higher rating but unfortunately there were some young 'hooligans' who got a kick out of disturbing the peace between 10.30pm to close to midnight. A number of them were doing donut stunts at the entrance to the lookout so we heard screeching tyres for a good hour or so and a car with a few of them came to where the campervans were parked and started shouting, honking and blasted their music just for laughs.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Philippe Auzout

Ranking: 8/10

Nice place. Nice lookout. Only few place so come early or find an other place. Restroom but without water. Right place for one night.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Rhea Welsh-Hussain

Ranking: 5/10

Good enough for an overnight stop but nothing special. The drop loo was very smelly and gross and sand flies very annoying but at least it was free!

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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