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.
South Island ▷ Mount Cook - MacKenzie ▷ Twizel
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.
Would be 10/10 if there had been a flush toilet. Cold and starry night, free stargazing. Nice place to stay the night.
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People stop shutting every where and take your rubbish .
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
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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.
Lovely spot sheltered from the wind. Only longdrop toilets but it's free. Unfortunately while we there it was spoiled by non self contained travellers who persisted in using the trees as their toilet area despite a perfectly good longdrop being available. People like this will eventually lead to free areas like this being designated non camping spots and then we all miss out. These individuals where foreign tourists and it shows a complete lack of respect for our country.
Quiet private place to park up with a long drop.
Large area. Easy to find a quiet spot. Great for self-contained vehicles. Not too far to drive back to Mt Cook Lookout for good clean toilets, if necessary.
Nice place, only ones there at this time of year. Pond was frozen, beautiful location. Long drop toilet, bring toilet paper if going to use it. Good facilities 2km away at Lake Pukaki Information Centre anyways.
only a longdrop, but its ok, you can drive easily enough to decent public toilets in twizel in the morning. convenient to highway. quite large area but was still crowded, in january.
Basic campground just off main road. Really easy to find a private spot in the trees which felt like we were the only ones there. Very basic long drop toilet - no water tap as far as we could see. Fine for self contained vehicles.
This is a lovely spot under the tree beside the canal immediately below the Pukaki dam. Great fishing in the canal