The Pines

Lake Pukaki Freedom Camping - Hayman Road

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Freedom Camping on the side of Lake Pukaki

No facilities. Great views!

Self Contained Vehicles Only.

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103 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 8.

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Clarkeoz

Ranking: 6/10

Great place but its free, so it attracts allsorts. We settled in to a lovely spot and had a wonderful evening by the lake, sharing the lakefront with about 10 other campervans, all spread out evenly 20 metres or so apart. Then at dusk the cars arrived - 8 in total. 6 of them parked within 5m of us in a tight circle and made their dinner, chatted and opened and closed car doors until well past midnight, almost within arms reach. And when you are freedom camping there is pretty much nothing you can do about selfish assholes, except move on.

Reviewed 5 days ago

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Paula G

Ranking: 8/10

What a view to wake up to. Great spot, ultimate free camping spot. NO facilities. Loved it

Reviewed 7 days ago

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Noreasters

Ranking: 10/10

Freedom camping at it's best, we were all alone by the lake. Heard a few cars on the road in the morning but not early. Fabulous views. As other reviewers have said, anywhere from the turn off along the lake to the power station. We loved it as fully self contained as no facilities.

Reviewed 27 days ago

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Sunny

Ranking: 10/10

Quiet place with perfect scenery!!!
Just a little bit hard to find.

Reviewed 28 days ago

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TT Tang

Ranking: 9/10

Nice view and quite place to stay for overnight. Plenty of space for csmpervan parking.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Becky

Ranking: 10/10

1st don’t go past powerlines. Camp any where from turn off to powerlines.
This place was magical, this will be your postcard camping photo. The scenery is unforgettable. Free camping so make sure u take all your rubbish cigarette butts!!with you. Loved it will be back.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Ellen

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing freedom camping spot, we stayed 2 nights in different places, the 1st slightly more secluded than the 2nd but neither busy! Great views accross the lake to mount cook.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Mischa

Ranking: 10/10

My husband and I are having a hard time understanding how every spot so far reccomended gets better and better. This was more crowded than most but still breathtaking and quiet. Another must.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Eranda

Ranking: 10/10

Stayed 1 night, nice views, closer to lake, windy

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Angela

Ranking: 10/10

Such a stunning spot. Beautiful and quiet. Quite a few spots to chose from. Lovely for sunset and sunrise. Must be in a self contained vehicle.

Reviewed 2 months ago

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J wells

Ranking: 10/10

We were there in September. Fantastic freedom camping site! Found a lovely spot among some trees with gorgeous lake and mountain views. We had a clear night with plenty of stars and moonlight and woke up to beautiful skies at sunrise.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Holly Bartholomew

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely stunning spot! This was by far our favourite camping spot in NZ! Found a flat secluded spot nestled in the Pine trees with a perfect view of Lake Pukaki.
No facilities at all so please make sure you are self contained and leave no trace!

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Jenna webber

Ranking: 10/10

What an amazing free spot, a view to die for. Was quite and tranquil. No facilities but perfect for people who are self contained

Reviewed 3 months ago

103 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 8.

Clarkeoz's avatar

Clarkeoz

Ranking: 6/10

Great place but its free, so it attracts allsorts. We settled in to a lovely spot and had a wonderful evening by the lake, sharing the lakefront with about 10 other campervans, all spread out evenly 20 metres or so apart. Then at dusk the cars arrived - 8 in total. 6 of them parked within 5m of us in a tight circle and made their dinner, chatted and opened and closed car doors until well past midnight, almost within arms reach. And when you are freedom camping there is pretty much nothing you can do about selfish assholes, except move on.

Reviewed 5 days ago

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Paula G

Ranking: 8/10

What a view to wake up to. Great spot, ultimate free camping spot. NO facilities. Loved it

Reviewed 7 days ago

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 74 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

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Noreasters's avatar

Noreasters

Ranking: 10/10

Freedom camping at it's best, we were all alone by the lake. Heard a few cars on the road in the morning but not early. Fabulous views. As other reviewers have said, anywhere from the turn off along the lake to the power station. We loved it as fully self contained as no facilities.

Reviewed 27 days ago

Sunny's avatar

Sunny

Ranking: 10/10

Quiet place with perfect scenery!!!
Just a little bit hard to find.

Reviewed 28 days ago

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TT Tang 's avatar

TT Tang

Ranking: 9/10

Nice view and quite place to stay for overnight. Plenty of space for csmpervan parking.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Becky's avatar

Becky

Ranking: 10/10

1st don’t go past powerlines. Camp any where from turn off to powerlines.
This place was magical, this will be your postcard camping photo. The scenery is unforgettable. Free camping so make sure u take all your rubbish cigarette butts!!with you. Loved it will be back.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Ellen's avatar

Ellen

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing freedom camping spot, we stayed 2 nights in different places, the 1st slightly more secluded than the 2nd but neither busy! Great views accross the lake to mount cook.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Mischa's avatar

Mischa

Ranking: 10/10

My husband and I are having a hard time understanding how every spot so far reccomended gets better and better. This was more crowded than most but still breathtaking and quiet. Another must.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Camping NZ App

Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

Download from the App Store Download Android app on Google Play

Eranda's avatar

Eranda

Ranking: 10/10

Stayed 1 night, nice views, closer to lake, windy

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Angela's avatar

Angela

Ranking: 10/10

Such a stunning spot. Beautiful and quiet. Quite a few spots to chose from. Lovely for sunset and sunrise. Must be in a self contained vehicle.

Reviewed 2 months ago

Award-2-24px Congratulations The Pines - Lake Pukaki Freedom Camping - Hayman Road

Top Ranked NZ Awards 2016 Freedom Camping Finalist

J wells's avatar

J wells

Ranking: 10/10

We were there in September. Fantastic freedom camping site! Found a lovely spot among some trees with gorgeous lake and mountain views. We had a clear night with plenty of stars and moonlight and woke up to beautiful skies at sunrise.

Reviewed 3 months ago

Holly Bartholomew's avatar

Holly Bartholomew

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely stunning spot! This was by far our favourite camping spot in NZ! Found a flat secluded spot nestled in the Pine trees with a perfect view of Lake Pukaki.
No facilities at all so please make sure you are self contained and leave no trace!

Reviewed 3 months ago

Jenna webber's avatar

Jenna webber

Ranking: 10/10

What an amazing free spot, a view to die for. Was quite and tranquil. No facilities but perfect for people who are self contained

Reviewed 3 months ago