Hope Saddle Lookout

Hope Saddle Lookout

Overnight Campervan Parking



14 Rankers Reviews

0 Face-to-Face

193 Freedom Camping

9 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



Showing 13 reviews of 14.

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 3 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 8 months ago

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 79 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

Get the Pass

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 9 months ago

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

Top Ranked NZ Deals Pass

Access savings worth hundreds of $$ on Top Ranked NZ Accommodation and Activities for just $1 per day.

Get deals pass

Danny van Meel's avatar

Danny van Meel

Ranking: 6/10

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

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Nat Geider's avatar

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 almost 2 years ago

Gregoire Gaud's avatar

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 over 2 years ago

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Philippe Auzout's avatar

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 over 2 years ago

Rhea Welsh-Hussain's avatar

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 almost 3 years ago

Marte Marum's avatar

Marte Marum

Ranking: 8/10

Nice spot to sleep one night. Beautiful view of the mountains. Clean toilet. Crowded at night, maybe difficult to find a free spot.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Camping NZ App Icon

Camping NZ App

Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

Download from the App Store Download Android app on Google Play

Jayma Dancer's avatar

Jayma Dancer

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful lookout, watched the sunset over the mountains. Great location after a day at Abel Tasman. Easy to find, a very short gravel road off the main road leads you up to a small gravel parking lot. It's a small lot and it filled up quickly. Toilet was smelly, but it did the job.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Lindsay Johnson's avatar

Lindsay Johnson

Ranking: 8/10

Great view from the picnic table. Views from the 10 minute walk not as good but worth reading the historical significance of the area.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Tatiana Rochereau's avatar

Tatiana Rochereau

Ranking: 8/10

There are only a few places (10). We didn't see the lookout because of the weather. Be careful as the end of the road comes quickly and many cars drive too fast. Bad smell in the toilet. No water supply.

Reviewed over 3 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 😍

Nick Morrison's avatar

Nick Morrison

Rankers owner