Lake Opuha

Lake Opuha

Bennetts Road



27 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

39 Freedom Camping

1 Fairlie




No camping allowed between 23rd of Dec till second Monday of Jan. Max. 3 nights.

You MUST be self-contained
Maximum 3 night stay
No camping 23 December to second Monday in January
No camping within 20m of the lake shore


Feature Value Info


South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzieFairlie


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


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Jonas R. 's avatar

Jonas R.

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent views and totally free. No one around so very quiet and peaceful.

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Sophie Skinner

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Ideal free spot before visiting Tekapo, not too far from main road turn off. Clean toilets, no water supply, grass a bit long in places. Nice lake and pretty views, bit too cold for a swim in October!

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Mischa's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Panoramic view of a mountains. Yes please. There isn’t a reason not to stay here. We were in love. Oh and a beautiful lake too and SO SO QUIET.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Philip Page


Ranking: 9/10

Great spot, not a huge amount of space so be prepared to share, views to die for, toliets good. Best cafe in the South island just down the road

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Holly Bartholomew


Ranking: 10/10

Stunning camping spot! Beautiful view of the lake and snow capped mountains. Only 2 other motorhomes there but we had a spot slightly further down which made it feel like we were completely secluded.
Didn't notice any sandflies either. Highly recommend!

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Kiri Edwards

Ranking: 7/10

Went to the other 2 camping spots nearby, but didn't want to stay there as there were no other campers and it was a very isolated area. This site has one other camper, and was a bit more open, so felt safer here. Another camper pulled in late at night. Beautiful sunrise and sunset views, stunning spot to stay for free.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful quiet spot at night, although gets busy with kayakers and tourists early in the morning. Some stunning photo opportunities on the lake.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Bernd das Brot

Ranking: 8/10

A fine nice place to stay close to the lake, quiet with public toilets.

Reviewed 9 months ago and experienced in November 2017

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Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful place! Lots of space!

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Tristan & Jolie

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful lake and views across to the snow covered mountains, clean flushing toilet, plenty of room for lots of campers although mostly on a slight slope.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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DARYL EVANS 's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Went last wek with our family who go there often het boating,water sking etc.WOW what a picture perfect spot on this earth. Toilets clean. Plenty of camping places and the night sky to die for.. we are so lucjy in NZ to have places like thus to camp ... free as well.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Anna's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Such a wonderful place and free! Next to the lake, great atmosphere. No showers, only toilets. Must be self-contained.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Nadene Wheatley

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Stunningly beautiful spot to camp near the lake, looking across the mountains. Only 3 other lots of campers there in October. Peaceful, and a good, clean flushing toilet.

Reviewed about 1 year ago