Lake Camp

Lake Camp

Overnight Campervan Parking


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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 4 months 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 7 months 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 about 2 years ago

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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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 about 3 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 almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Volker Stroenisch


Ranking: 6/10

We arrived on a hot Sunday, not knowing that this place is a waterski area. So many boats were on the lake and it was quite noisy. Due to the hot and dry weather conditions it was also extremely dusty whenever a car passed by. However, when the crowd had left it became perfectly nice and with a great view. The last 9 km on the road are very bumpy - not a nice drive on this gravel road.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Averil Brown

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Agree with all other reviews by one thing. We were there on a Saturday night and unfortunately locals spend the weekend there using jets kids and motor boats on the lake until well in to the evening and early morning. Constant roar of engines thoroughly spoilt what is a gorgeous spot. Avoid weekend overnight and you will have a great time!
Also, beware of road as 22km on gravel !

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Sofia Anderson


Ranking: 10/10

Very cosy and beautiful and for free!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Evelina Johansson


Ranking: 10/10

It was next to a really pretty lake. We stayed there our first night. A good first night!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Josefine Hedlund


Ranking: 10/10

Cosy and beautiful.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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United States

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot, right beside the lake with clean toilets and rubbish bins available. We had the place to ourselves on a weeknight just before the christmas holidays. Free but donations are requested.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful place with a stunning view, right beside the lake, donation box.

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Very nice place right next to a lake and with a stunning view.

Reviewed about 7 years ago