Lake Wardell Rest Area Overnight...

Lake Wardell Rest Area Overnight Campervan Parking




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65 Freedom Camping

7 Twizel


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Just past the bridge
Get in among douglas


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.



Feature Value Info


South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzieTwizel


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free



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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 4 months 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 10 months ago

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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 10 months 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 11 months 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 about 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

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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 1 year 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 almost 2 years ago

Jolanda's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Would be 10/10 if there had been a flush toilet. Cold and starry night, free stargazing. Nice place to stay the night.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Warren Molesworth

Ranking: 10/10

People stop shutting every where and take your rubbish .

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Kate2806's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

For me it’s one of the best Free Campsites in New Zealand! It’s in the middle of nowhere (okay 10mins drive from Twizel where the next 4Square is!)
It has just one toilet and of course this one smells -so it is when there is no water(I had definitely worse ones!)
But it’s right at a lake surrounded by trees😍
The sunset the next morning was unbeatable!
Close to Lake Pukaki and Mt.Cook

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in March 2018

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Chloe Watson

Ranking: 7/10

Arrived at night time. Was quiet at night and woke up to a beautiful view of the mountains. Struggled to find the bathroom at night. It was free so well worth the stop.

Reviewed over 3 years ago