Lake Opuha

Lake Opuha

Bennetts Road

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C Golding

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely spacious site with the best view of the mountains. This morning they are lightly sprinkled with snow and make a breathtaking view with my morning cup of tea. There were about 6 campers parked up with the night we stayed but heaps of space between everyone so privacy is maintained. Definitely worth the 12k drive out of town.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Dulan

Ranking: 6/10

Very peaceful place to stay. The view is amazing - best view from all the places we stayed. Bathrooms were closed during winter or possibly covid? Only one other campervan which was a bit creepy. Lots of birdsong and ducks at night.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Heather

Ranking: 4/10

Toilets closed for winter, also very muddy

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Michaela

Ranking: 9/10

Stunning place...flush toilets there. Unfortunately cloudy so we couldn't see stars.
Our neighbors left their rubbish and I picked it up before the birds came ... please leave nothing but footprints!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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GM

Ranking: 8/10

Pretty lake, seems to be quite popular with local watersport enthusiasts! Flush toilets and sink available.

Cost (2p, non-powered): $0
Location: Next to lake (although not allowed to camp within 20m)
Facilities: Flush toilets and sink
Value: 10/10 (free!)
Sandflies: Not may for a lakeside camp
X-Factor: The view is good but not quite spectacular, so no

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Donna

Ranking: 9/10

A perfect free campsite. The views over the lake were out of this world - the perfect introduction to the South island for us. Clean toilets too. Can imagine what it would be like at the height of summer (when it's a little warmer) - being able to swim in the lake would be the icing on top!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Adam

Ranking: 7/10

The only free campsite we managed during our journey. Was a beautiful place to wake up to with the view across the lake. Facilities basic, but fine. A few yahoo’s the night we were there, but wasn’t a real disturbance in our camper. The view and and price made it a good spot to stay.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Brendan Trotter

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

Nice view. Quiet night. Toilets were closed.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Kidds on the move

Ranking: 9/10

Lots of space, right next to a lake and the most amazing view in the morning of the sunrise against the mountain!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Katy

Ranking: 10/10

Stunning spot! As the other reviewers say - nice enough flush loos and a fair bit of space. Pretty popular so worth arriving while light for a space and for sunset on the beautiful mountain views. If it’s clear, stay out for the stars - really bright and we saw shooting stars. Great alternative to busy/expensive Tekapo

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Freya

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful place with lovely mountain views. Flushing toilets and space for about 10 vans. Very quiet and peaceful. One of our favourite camping spots.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Elian Lefebvre

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Fabulous free camp by a lovely lake with mountains in the background. Very decent toilets with even a sink and soap dispenser. Super quiet and calm despite about 15 vans here.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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From DK

Ranking: 9/10

Loved this quiet place by the lake. Toilets clean. Beautiful sunrise over the mountains.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Jonas R.

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 2 years 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 over 2 years ago

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Mischa

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 over 2 years ago

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Philip Page

Australia

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 over 2 years ago

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Holly Bartholomew

Australia

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 over 2 years 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 almost 3 years ago

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Charlesbrooksphotographer

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 about 3 years 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 about 3 years ago and experienced in November 2017

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Robin

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful place! Lots of space!

Reviewed about 3 years 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 about 3 years ago

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DARYL EVANS

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 about 3 years ago

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Anna

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 3 years 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 over 3 years ago

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Carrie Brightwell

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing view across the lake and mountains. We arrived in the dark so this was an extra special surprise when we woke up to an amazing sunny morning. Only one other camper was there so a very still and silent morning. Toilet closed for the winter but that didn't bother us as we are self contained.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Bruce Graham

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Stunning, uninterrupted views of the lake and mountains. Simply beautiful. If wet, could be slippery on the gentle grass slope, but just park near the gravel road. A peaceful, tranquil spot shared with other campers and the ducks!

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Sarah Elphinstone

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing spot on a sunny day. We came here early October and it was a beautiful crisp day with a great view of the mountains and lake. Clean flushing toilets and SOAP.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Puneet Mishra

India

Ranking: 10/10

We came here on our fifth day, only because we did the Hooker Valley Track and wanted to go to Lake Camp. This is a fantastic spot to camp because of the excellent views and also because the lake is very beautiful. The facilities were clean. Beware though, because there was enough wind to topple our chairs, and the cold combined with the wind made it freezing. Overall a fantastic camp to come to. We like stargazing, but due to the weather, it wasn't possible.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Kevin

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Camped one night here in early Sept 2016 - beautiful lakeside location with only one other camper van, however toilets were actually locked with signage 'closed for winter' ..... which was unfortunate as we had chosen this from the app having found the camper toilet cassette was almost full :0) . That aside, it was a lovely spot indeed for self contained vehicles. Camp site is free also.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Glenn Watkins

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely spot, good flushing toilets plenty of space. Nice views. Directions are a little confusing. Turn right at the war memorial and then left onto Bennetts Road / picnic area.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Michael Bowles

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Lake level was low in late April but it is still gorgeous. Bathrooms are simple but clean and the stars at night are vibrant.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Wyklicky

Ranking: 7/10

Lake without water, not so lovely, but now used for motocross, nice.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Falko Salbert

Ranking: 6/10

No camping allowed between 23rd of Dec till second Monday of Jan.
Max. 7 nights. Water level was a few meters below normal when we got here, so no easy entering for swimming. Flush toilets, clean and tidy.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Penny Lee

England

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful spot by the lake, large space, free, basic and clean facilities. No complaints.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Tom Guthknecht

Switzerland

Ranking: 6/10

Nice place great swimming, good facilities.

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Rhi

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

+Fantastic location, peaceful and scenic
+Flush toilets open all night
+Worth the drive to get to

-Some areas slope so get there early to choose your spot
-Choose route back to main road carefully as one is a double ford and wasn't passable in Oct

:) would stay again

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in October 2013

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sitges10

Spain

Ranking: 10/10

We were at this place in October, completely on our own, facing a wonderful landscape. Great sense of freedom. We knew there wouldn't be any facilities, so we gladly welcomed the toilets, which were good and clean. No need for more when you're trying to avoid the rows of caravans in a more formal camping site.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Graeme

New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

Many places beside the lake, with privacy. Great for fishers in the season.

Reviewed over 9 years ago