Gabriels Gully Historic Reserve

Gabriels Gully Historic Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking



11 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

41 Freedom Camping

1 Lawrence




Stand on the spot where gold rush history was made in New Zealand!

Gabriel’s Gully lies 3km from the township of Lawrence, 92km south-west of Dunedin on State Highway 8.


Feature Value Info


South IslandCentral OtagoLawrence


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free





Grum's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great area. Loved it - quiet and not too many vans and this was Xmas/new year !!!
Allow 2.5/3 hours for the walk up to the old dam and back . A great walk in natural bush most of the way In patches a little steep but worth it It has signs saying the walk is closed but no real reason for this !!!

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Laurie & Kaye, NSW, Australia.

Ranking: 9/10

Easy to find and as the others point out, camp by the small lake is superb! We were the only ones camped that night, felt very safe. Bird life is great, green, lake when still has some great mirror images. While we were there a short sun shower passed resulting in a mini rainbow right over the lake, unforgettable! Would stay again!

Reviewed 10 months ago

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J wells

Ranking: 8/10

We stayed here in September, lovely quiet spot. Keep going beyond the initial car park to reach the small lake area at the bottom of the track. Nice walks to explore the old gold mining area. The walk down by the lake is closed unfortunately.

Reviewed 12 months ago

WATERS's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great place to stay peaceful area stunning walking tracks
Excellent for self containment vehicles only stayed 4 days
We'll return again one day

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Tom's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Keep going past the first area as mentioned and you get to a beautiful site next to a lake, so peaceful & we were the only ones there.
No facilities but if you are self contained this shouldn’t matter.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Bronwen Surgey

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful, quiet, peaceful picnic area beside a small lake. Just two campervans when we were there so plenty of space. Keep going past the car park to the the picnic area. No facilities. Nearby historic Lawrence has toilets.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Alva Feldmeier

Ranking: 9/10

Wonderful place to stay a night or two. We had lots of fun walking the 1 hour trail next to the campground. We didn't have any problems with sandflies (mid May) and enjoyed the ambience of the forests.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Erica b


Ranking: 9/10

A lovely peaceful place to camp. The views were lovely next to the lake. Nice spot just out of town. Handy for us on the way between Dunedin and Cromwell.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Helen's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 4/10

Very scenic, spoilt by long unkempt grass (and the sandflies). Needed a tidy up.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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R Deano


Ranking: 10/10

This place was lovely for freedom camping! We were the only ones there and it was so peaceful because it was 3 kms off the main road! The picnic area on the pond was our place of choice and the only person we saw was a lovely local lady who was walking her dog! She amused the kids for half an hour by letting them throw sticks into the pond for the dog to leap in and retrieve! Fantastic!

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

Trif's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

There are two areas to park here for selfcontained vehicles.At the end of Lawrence you will see a bridge going to the Goldfields park.A few Km down the road is the reserve.Two parking areas one by the lake and another at the carpark.Extensive walks and information there.Suggest insect repellant at times.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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