Lake Wardell Rest Area Overnight...

Lake Wardell Rest Area Overnight Campervan Parking



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7 Twizel

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This is a large camping area underneath pine trees, it's named after a lake but its a small pond really...... It can be found just out of Twizel past the Pukaki-Ohau canel before the Mt. Cook turn off.

Very basic facilities and is for self contained vehicles only.

Max 3 night stay.



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Mackenzie District Council

Local government organisation


South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzieTwizel


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


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Roz's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Lovely forest quiet free campsite with clean toilet.Lived it.

Reviewed 6 months ago

Anny's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Small camping area just off the road, fairly quiet and plenty of spots for parking up. Has one toilet that was super clean!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

DolphinShavingLtd's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Stayed here a few times when passing this way, it's well sheltered and had a clean toilet. Nice spot next to a pond and the canal. Good phone reception too which helps when writing reviews 🤣

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Llew Timpson

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Ranking: 10/10

Really great place to relax, not over crowded, lake (pond) is small but for us it was perfect sitting g ft or a few days, peaceful and a great Oporto unwind.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Mandy's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful place. Easy access next to canals. We staying in our self contained caravan. Will def be back thats for sure. Quite magical.
No fish but worth it . Was one of the cleanest toilets ever. Well done to the people taking care of it .

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Jonna's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great campsite, we loved it and it's free! Lots of nice sheltered spots around the pond or in the "forest". Not busy or to crowded. Liked this better than the other one nearby. One clean dropdown toilet that had toliet paper.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Sam's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Hi there,

I think I left my blue and black rayban sunglasses in the toilet on the site. I was wondering if anyone has found them, if they could leave a message on here. I'm in the area for a few more days. I would really appreciate it!

Cheers, Sam

Reviewed over 2 years ago

abi&tom's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Tried to camp at the other campground by lake pukaki but it was very full and we had to park further up hill which meant nice views but far away from toilet and very exposed to wind. Ended up moving as wind was super strong and went back down road to here. A lovely campsite and calm! Only a few vans here and the setting is a lush forest. Very clean toilet (long drop) and even has hand sanitizer! Weather was rubbish too so not worth staying at other campsite for mountain views (cloudy so still didn’t see mt cook)

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Colin's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful sheltered spot. Quiet at this time of year. New clean and smell free long drop. 1 minute walk and your fishing in the canal. 15 min walk to the outlet from Pukaki. Close enough to Twizel if you need something but far enough away to feel like your out in the boonies. Free stargazing.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Maggie's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great freedom camping! All sorts of spots and pretty isolated from each other. New drop toilet that gets cleaned each morning. We enjoyed this spot!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Glen Marshall UK

Ranking: 9/10

Nice quieter site we were heading for site further up but came across this & got a perfect pitch so stayed, it was by the side of private road & bear the toilet block which we used & it was fine. The lake colours are amazing & good place to stay so would recommend it, got to say most tourist do respect the freedom sites & have the self contained vans so the comment made earlier be a NZ camper is unfair as we’ve seen plenty of people in none rental vehicles staying over night which can’t be tourists, great place to stay near Twizel

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Emma's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Lots of shady spaces under the pine trees, conveniently located near Mt Cook NP and only a short drive from Twizel. Drop toilets were fine. BYO toilet paper.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Mazz's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Lovely big open areas to camp and still have privacy. 2 hole in ground loos, but we used our own amenities. Rainbow and Brown trout caught in the canal at the back of the lake. Great eating. Remember to take all your rubbish with you to keep NZ green.

Reviewed over 3 years ago