Lindis Pass Historic Hotel Campsite...

Lindis Pass Historic Hotel Campsite

Nine Mile Historic Reserve


ThatJasonR's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice camp site (for tents and caravans), comes with your usual bag of bugs. There is no fee (freedom camping) and no cellphone reception.

Great piece of history and the river blocks out the road noise. The toilet was surprisingly clean and didn't smell when we arrived in the evening.

Some tips on getting there:

Take the Old Faithful Rd (dirt road) turn off. You will see a yellow arrow sign that says "Nine Mile Historic Reserve". The dirt road continues for roughly 15-20mins or about 6km. The road itself isn't too bad, just watch out for nasty potholes.

This is the only access way to the site. If you still stuck, turn on satellite images for the site and follow the dirt road to the highway and you will see the turn off.

Happy camping 🏕

Reviewed 17 days ago

Roo's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

Nice enough camp spot, flat and thick with grass. Farmland, so no native bush, just weeds and exotics. Midges are a problem at dusk (as per usual NZ camps). However a new experience was with what I assume were dung beetles, or perhaps a small chafer ; if you are in a tent with a light on they will crawl/fly up everywhere around the tent fly, seemingly an endless supply of beetles. My advice is to turn the light off and they crawl back into the ground from whence they came. Kind of creepy place full of these beetles, rats, weeds and ruins. But free, soft, grassy and the sound of a nice river (road wasn't too noisy)

Reviewed 2 months ago

Mike's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Loved this campsite. I have driven past on the road on the other side of the river and I never knew it was there.
So quiet, even with the road on the other side of the river, all I could here was the river.
Beautiful ruins, good clean long drop too. I rate this highly.

Reviewed 3 months ago

Aaron's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Awesome little spot. Stayed here in winter after it had been raining so the road in was a bit of a mess. Had to put our snow chains on the next day or I don't think we would have got out in our van.

Reviewed 6 months ago

Linda's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Price: free
Location: it's is a beautiful and special place, especially the history
Insects: a view sandflies
Wc’s: one longdrop toilet, it’s okay
Douche: no, but there is a creek you can wash in

When you have the road, take, (just like another review) always keep to the right.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Maria's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Really nice place amongst the ruins and close to a river where we saw many people going for a swim in the afternoon and in the morning. The one toilet was clean. All in all a very nice free campsite

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Dinda K.

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful free campsite with a clean public toilet. Totally enjoyed the scenery, greeted by cows, bulls, and sheeps :) location is pretty far to reach from the main road, but it's near the river to enjoy and the hotel remains are interesting. It was extremely windy though, went there in January. Bring your earplugs just in case, unless you are able to sleep like a rock.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Wei's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Cool place. Easy to get to just keep to the right. A 2wd drive car can do it and campers can make it as long as it’s not too long. Went after several days of rain and no issues.

Nearby river is dirty so bring water. Bathroom is clean. There’s a little building with a fire place and table to cook. Watch out for the rat and mice.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Cor Dekker

Ranking: 9/10

What a great spot this is! It takes a 8km gravel road to get there, but that is worth it. Nice and calm although you can hear the cars on the other side of the rivier. One (clean) longdrop toilet.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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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 almost 2 years ago

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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 almost 2 years 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 almost 2 years ago

Jennifer's avatar


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 almost 2 years ago

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 about 2 years 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 about 2 years 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 2 years 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 almost 3 years 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 3 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 almost 4 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 almost 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

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R Taylor

Ranking: 9/10

Great spot for overnighter. Love the old hotel ruins and the short walk to the miners hut. Lovely views.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Alistair Millward

Ranking: 7/10

Bring your own water - the only supply available here is from a lowland stream with questionable water quality. Good flat grassy area. Limited shade. Pit toilet. If you're cycling you can wade across the stream just north of the campsite and avoid a 6km ride on a rough gravel road.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Bert Gielen

Ranking: 8/10

Quiet free camping near old ruins. Gravel road and private sheep farms have to be crossed but no problem with a van in summer. Lots of sandflies around so bring your repellent.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Holger Butenschon


Ranking: 9/10

Lovely spot next to a stream, not many travellers make the effort to drive a few kms of dirt road.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Giles Leonard


Ranking: 8/10

Nice secluded campsite offering nice walks and fishing.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Sian Bolderson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Large camping area surrounded by beautiful river and interesting history. Gold panning area. There is a short track from the camp area to Watties Hut where a gold prospector used to live. Pretty with scenic river views.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Ranking: 8/10

Lovely site as long as you are happy to draw water from the stream. We didn't find the historic ruins that interesting so if that's your primary reason for going you might not consider the long drive on unsealed road to be worth it. There is an old barn here which can be used for cooking and shelter in bad weather. 

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Rogier Ramaker


Ranking: 9/10

Good location and the location is maintained very well by DOC.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful place near the creek and enough shade when it is hot.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Kevin Morris

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

A quiet, interesting place 5km off SH8.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011