Lindis Pass Historic Hotel Campsite...

Lindis Pass Historic Hotel Campsite

Nine Mile Historic Reserve



23 Rankers Reviews

6 Face-to-Face

193 Basic Camping

39 Wanaka Township



Lindis Pass Historic Hotel


A great opportunity to camp amongst historic ruins of a by-gone era at the Lindis Pass Historic Hotel. Enjoy the experience, but please don't remove any of the historical artefacts from the reserve.

From SH 8 take Old Faithful Road (unsealed) opposite Timburn Road. This 6km road is narrow and steep in places - not suitable for large campervans.


Feature Value Info


South IslandWanaka RegionWanaka Township


  • Basic Camping
  • Free





  • Unpowered Campsite

    Number of tent sites - 6. Camp among the ruins but please do not remove any historical artefacts from the reserve.


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Nicky Westlake's avatar

Nicky Westlake

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Free campsite well hidden off the beaten track. We missed the turning initially, but soon found our way trundling up Old Faithful Road slowly. It is a bumpy gravel track but not too bad. It was bone dry when we ventured up there so can imagine it can be a bit troublesome after rain. It is also a long road, but the campsite is at the end (through two gates), so just keep going until you get there.
Very quiet there, plenty of space to set up with the small ruins on one side (we didn't venture in).
One very clean long drop toilet, hardly any smell at all.
Fantastic views of the milky way on a clear night, great little gem.

Reviewed 8 months ago

QueeenBeee's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Very basic but overal really nice campground. Note that it is a bit remote - you have to drive about 6km on gravel road to the campground but you are rewarded with a pretty big and really quiet spot by the river near the Lindis Pass hotel ruins.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Boris Clémençon


Ranking: 10/10

Big place With Clean toilets, birds, grass and lovely river. Perfect !
Not So hard to find : follow the gravel road approx 6K before the campsite (on your left hand if you are coming From the south)
Thanks new Zealand for this place. We love you !

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Truly amazing site. We were lucky enough to stay there during a full moon. The moon light brought the hotel ruins to life. A must for any travellers.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Inna's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

We turned around cause we thought we had missed it, but you just have to keep driving till you see the ruins. The ruins were really neat, and the toilet was clean. (No toilet paper, so bring your own) I would give it a higher rating, but the sandflys were horrible! Maybe if we had some sort of repellent it would’ve been manageable, but we had to leave in the morning cause we couldn’t brush our teeth without getting sandflies in our mouths. We had a regular size campervan and it did just fine on the dirt road. There was a larger campervan that also made it. The road was all dried up so there wasn’t any difficulties with mud.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Pierre et Nathalie

Ranking: 3/10

Really not suitable for camper vans. You will meet holes, mud and cows on the (long) gravels road. Not so quiet due to the main road which is just on the other side of the valley.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful spot, but road too muddy for large campervans in May. We got in but left early and were nervous we’d never leave again if it rained. No mobile reception. Beautiful hotel ruins tho. Will return when drier season or in a 4x4.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Robyn Phillips

Ranking: 8/10

Great spot if you're coming from the south, bit of a long road if you're coming from the north as you'd feel like you were turning back on yourself. Nice spot with stream.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Katy Coutts

Ranking: 7/10

Interesting gravel road to site but most vans should be ok. Clean long drop. Bit of interest with the hotel & the old mine (worth a walk to). But beware---a mouse got into our van! Keep your food locked and out of reach!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Roger's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

One of the best!
Plenty of space and relatively peaceful considering it's just across the stream from the road. Not signposted so go with your instinct. Gravel road is straightforward with a couple of gates to open. Just a toilet and a stream but what else do you need.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Lucile Gendre

Ranking: 8/10

A bit noisy. Just one clean toilet, no water supply. A lot of room. Long road to go ... but free!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Kathy Hart


Ranking: 9/10

Set among the ruins of the old Lindus Pass Hotel. Make sure you camp/park well clear of the hotel ruins. Shingle 6 km road runs parallel to main highway. Drive not too difficult in a motorhome. Drive a short distance further on to see old Miners cottage near ruins of old bridge that used to connect to the main road. Had some fun with night photography here! Didn't feel at all spooky, full of good "spirits" I think (LOL).

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Brian Stelbotsky

Ranking: 8/10

Nice little spot. Be sure not to miss the turn off of the main road as there's only one sign pointing the way. Flat ground, ample space, water from the creek. Clean bathroom. My only complaint is that it's just across the creek from the main road. Not a big deal, but you might want ear plugs if you're a light sleeper and are tenting it. I left before sunup and went to watch the sunrise from Lindis Peak, just a bit north up the road of the campground. Way cool.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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