Lake Tennyson Campsite

Lake Tennyson Campsite

Molesworth Station


14 Rankers Reviews

5 Face-to-Face

11 Hanmer Springs


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Lake Tennyson serenity
Follow the road to goodness - Lake Tennyson
Lake Tennyson Scenic Reserve


If you are keen to stay in the middle of isolation, Lake Tennyson will be your calling. A beautiful spot for walks, fishing, swimming and relaxing next to the lake.

Accessible all year from Hanmer Springs via gravel road. This road is not suitable for large vehicles. If you are planning to drive from St Arnaud, the toll road to Lake Tennyson is open between December through until April. If you are travelling during other times you will need to contact Rainbow Station Ltd - 03 545 7600


Feature Value Info


DOC Marlborough

Central government organisation


South IslandCanterburyHanmer Springs


  • Basic Camping
  • Free

Operating Season And Hours

All year


Showing 13 reviews of 14.

Rey's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great off grid campsite. Fantastic views of mountains, lakes, rivers. Drop toilets clean.

No cel coverage
Billions of sand flies when its not windy

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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amy huang

Ranking: 10/10

This is amazing place, definitely worth to have a look!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Great and peaceful spot with the lonesomest toilet I ever have sawn!
But there are a lot of sandflies in the morning and the evening!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Laura Samuel

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing isolated location. Only a few vehicles here and a bike tourer. There are a few very clean toilets and a shelter by the lake. The lake is gorgeous, perfect for swimming, fishing and relaxing by. Quite a bit of wind here which keeps the flies away. We're off on a walk around the lake now. It took 45mins to drive here from St.James campground so consider fuel needed and time. We'll worth the drive out weather 2 or 4wd.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Maayke Reidsma


Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful spot on the lake. Only a few people when we were there and all locals. Really nice walk around the lake (be careful to go there as it is a dirt road over the mountains).

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Ranking: 9/10

Great spot, great view, not so many tourists, very quiet! Great hike along the lake!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Joanna du Toit

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Isolated. Great views. Plagued by sand flies but if you get past them it's lovely. Long drop toilets on a windy day is a must experience.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in May 2015

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Sarah Rutherford

Ranking: 9/10

This camp ground is for those looking for a rural high country setting. It provided everything we needed, a flat camp site, fresh water from the lake, the freshest smelling long drop I have ever experienced and a great outlook. The gravel road in was well maintained and an easy drive from Hanmer. We continued through to Nelson Lakes, but you need a 4WD with reasonable clearance to take the journey beyond the DOC boundary as there are fords and the road was rough and rocky in places. As mentioned in the description, this track is only open certain months of the year.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Puneet Mishra


Ranking: 1/10

We planned a lot about this place but after we reached at 8:00 we were nothing short of disappointed, the 32 km gravel road is a pain and the result is not worth it. Don't camp here unless this is the only option.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Anthony Croton


Ranking: 10/10

We were lucky with the weather and had the place all to our self 4 deg during the day -3 at night but really nice spot. Long drop was clean and tidy but the road in is a mission like mentioned before if your not prepared to drive on a pot hole not well maintained shingle road then you might want to think twice. We loved the place

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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Kathy Hart


Ranking: 10/10

Camp under the stars, by pristine lake, no one for miles, stunning mountain views. Very cold (visited in May) heavy frost. Road in OK for 2 wheel drive vehicles, but gravel and lots of potholes. Bring everything with you, there is a long drop only. Take out what you take in and keep this place beautiful for everyone!

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Gordon Thomas


Ranking: 10/10

One of the most beautiful places I've ever been to.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Jessica Wagner


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful location!!!

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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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 😍

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Cymen Crick

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