Timber Yard Point Lakeside Domain...

Timber Yard Point Lakeside Domain Camping Area

Lake Ellesmere


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Lake Ellesmere is New Zealand's fifth largest lake and has a huge biodiversity of birdlife. The lake is actually a lagoon covering 20,000 hectares and is a mix of fresh and salt water. The lake is surprisingly unknown and under used as a recreational resource. It is an awesome place for fishing, bird watching, walking, mountain biking and all types of water sports.
This site is the habitat of the Mayfly, which at different times of the year swarm in very large numbers.
They are not mosquitoes, nor do they bite or sting.

There are boat ramps and lake access all around the lake as well as a couple of camping/ picnic areas.

This is a designated freedom camping area supported by the Selwyn District Council. The Timber Yard Point Lakeside Domain can be found at Timber Yard Road, just off the Lake Road.


Feature Value Info


Selwyn District Council

Local government organisation


South IslandCanterburyChristchurch


  • Bird Watching
  • Basic Camping
  • Free

Operating Season And Hours

Year round. Open 24 hrs/day.


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Grace's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Make sure you check Selwyn Council website as it is currently closed until October :)

Reviewed 10 days ago

Becci's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Great free place just outside the city! Clean flushing toilets and a sink with tap for washing dishes.
Marks off for sheer number of mayflies, they don’t bite but so annoying that we decided to cook inside. Make sure to bring your mosquito netting and minimise opening your doors.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Mia's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

A good stay if heading towards Christchurch, free with nice facilities, a nice lake although no swimming

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Digger operator

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely place to stay. Lawns mown and park rite next to water edge. But bring mosquitos spray tho

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Ranking: 5/10

Toilets are new. Large area so easy to find a spot. There is a lot of what seem to be permanent set ups. The lake is toxic. We’re a few young people flying around on motorbikes and go karts. Didn’t enjoy

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Drew's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

Campgrounds are good, open fields with epic wind protection if needed. The lake is contaminated with algae so you’re not actually meant to swim, don’t drive out here if you wanna dip! Nice toilets and very helpful ranger lady :) mayflys are everywhere but don’t bite so all sweet. The no swimming brings it down from a 8 to a 6

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Kipnkeri's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great place to get started out of the city. Lots of space and atmos for all. Gorgeous sunset. No mozzies here -they are mayflies and don't bite!

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Ryan's avatar


Ranking: 2/10

Massive place on the lake with great views. We decided not to stay though, after driving around the site to look for a space, our camper was absolutely covered in huge mosquitoes, opted to go to Chamberlain's Ford instead which was definitely a good choice.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Dylan's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great place to park up for the night. Good toilet facilities, picturesque lake for sunrise. Large space suitable for all vehicles. Points are off for the 100s thousands of midges!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Arne's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

We spent 2 nights there. Good spot nearby the lake. Lots of space. It was very windy, so no sandflies. We used the cold outdoor shower
beside the toilets one sunny morning. Would definitely return.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Ranking: 6/10

Lots of people sleeping in cars :( Quite a popular site, not sure I would return

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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The Farrs

Ranking: 8/10

Good free spot. Large with lots of parking options, very close to lake. Flush toilets and outside cold shower.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

Wintercoat's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

Beautiful place beset with mosquitos. We arrived at 6pmish, and moved twice to find a spot without swarms of them. We had our van fully closed including all vents, but they were still finding their way in. We waited an hour to make sure the ones which kept on turning up didn’t get in from when we turned the gas on. But a new mozzie kept on appearing every 2-3 minutes. When we opened our blinds to drive away (finally at 9pm) we could not see through the windshield they were so dense. No wonder they were finding ways to get in. Perhaps a great place but not at the start of April...

Reviewed about 4 years ago