Lake Camp

Lake Camp

Overnight Campervan Parking


23 Rankers Reviews

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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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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 8 months ago

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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 1 year 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 1 year 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 2 years ago

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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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 years ago

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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 3 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 3 years 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 about 3 years 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 over 3 years ago

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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 almost 4 years ago and experienced in January 2017