Lake Camp

Lake Camp

Overnight Campervan Parking



21 Rankers Reviews

7 Face-to-Face

42 Freedom Camping

1 Methven




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.


Feature Value Info


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  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


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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 19 days 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 7 months ago

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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 11 months 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 11 months 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 12 months ago

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Stephen Lindsay

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed over 1 year 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 over 1 year ago

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Gemma's avatar


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 over 1 year ago

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Tristan & Jolie

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful spot right on the lake, good spot to day trip and hike Mt Sunday(Edoras), new drop eco toilet.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Maggie Konstanski

Ranking: 10/10

An incredible location with fantastic views of the mountains. Right on the lake. It was quiet when we went, but there is boating on the lake. A great place to stay when visiting Mount Sunday. You definitely feel like you are camping in Rohan! Quiet at night with great views of the stars. You can take a nice swim in the lake and enjoy the beautiful surroundings!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Sarah's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

An amazing walk around the Lake Camp. Beautiful sunset, a lot of stars in the night and a calm place to stay.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Tobias Eltze

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent place at the lake with beautiful surrounding and view towards the mountains. Very quiet in the evening and night.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

One of our New Zealand driving the rugged roads to the Camp and Clearwater lakes both with overnight campervan free parking. We hiked to Mt Sunday in the morning to explore Lord of the Rings glory.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016