Lake Camp

Lake Camp

Overnight Campervan Parking


26 Rankers Reviews

7 Face-to-Face

1 Methven

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Lake Camp is situated in a wide tussock covered mountain valley surrounded by high, generally snow covered, mountain peaks at the headwaters of the Ashburton River close to opposite to the Lake Clearwater township.

The road to Lake Clearwater is well signposted from Mount Somers on State Highway 72. This road take you directly to the small settlement of Lake Clearwater, You can find lake Camp across the highway.

This is a freedom camping spot for self-contained vehicles.


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Ashburton District Council

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Ian's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot. There are new toilets here now so tent camping is allowed. Boats and skirts on this lake, very nice spots amongst the trees on lake edge

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Rod K

Ranking: 9/10

Nice drive in on gravel roads. We were there between Christmas and New Years.
Bit of a challenge to find a flat quiet place. This place is popular! We found a small patch of grass close to the boat ramp right on the lake. Quiet enough at night. Would stay here again.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Ryan Purvis

Ranking: 10/10

Stayed one night here, smooth dirt road on way in. Long drop toilet very clean and modern with toilet paper and sanitizer.
Great views as you are parked right next to the lake.
First time using our van since getting a self containment certificate. Can't fault this place for a free site.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Ranking: 8/10

Lovely peaceful spot, very good long drop loos clean and well lit. Careful of soft muddy ground but plenty of space. What an amazing lake for photos on a still day and check lake clearwater nearby even more stunning.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Tam's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Awsome place to relax,or even get out and about within the hills with many walks,the lake is so amazing and the weather is the next level calm for most part I extremely recommend to cheek this place out...but do remember to keep it the way you find it "clean"

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Ara Rahim

Ranking: 9/10

Our first time freedom camping in NZ. We visited Mt. Sunday which is near to this place. Only two campervan including us during our stay. View was spectacular, secluded, cold & very strong wind. Uneven ground. I can't sleep well due to the sound of wind. Nevertheless, it was the best of all freedom camping we had because of the view and not crowded.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Kelly Linn

Ranking: 10/10

Loved camping here! Not many others around. The gravel road there wasn’t in bad shape. The stars were beautiful reflecting on the lake at night! Very quiet and peaceful!

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Franz's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Really nice spot not many people and near the water.
The gravel road is a bit annoying and the coordinates are wrong, just drive until you see the toilets

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Samantha H.

Ranking: 8/10

Great freedom camping spot. Popular with locals at weekends. Luckily we went during week day. Toilets long drop. But ok.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Jude Ong


Ranking: 10/10

This is on our list of best freedom campsites we've been to in the South Island. The drive on the gravel road is do-able and completely worth the effort. Heaps of spots to have a nice private space to park with great views of the lake and surroundings. The only "downside" (if you can call it that), is that there is no mobile reception for quite a bit of the drive in & at the campsite. Absolutely no problems for us in that regard, it was great to be unplugged for 24 hours. We will definitely be back.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Stephen Lindsay

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Ranking: 9/10

Worth the drive in over unsealed road. Beautiful views, big sky, quiet sheltered spot. Appreciated new toilet with night lighting.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

Mike's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice spot next to the lake a few drop toilets around, large area and worth going to, only two other vans dotted around the lake

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Lovely site next to the lake with a view over rolling mountains and clean long drop toilets. We were there at Easter weekend, and though there were a few family groups there it was fairly peaceful and trees broke up the areas quite well. Be prepared for dirt bike and waterskiing noise, but it was quiet in the evening. We almost spent a second night here it was so nice.

Reviewed about 4 years ago