The Pines

The Pines

Lake Pukaki Freedom Camping - Hayman Road



128 Rankers Reviews

15 Face-to-Face

15 Freedom Camping

2 Twizel



No special effects that colour is real


Freedom Camping on the side of Lake Pukaki

No facilities. Great views!

Self Contained Vehicles Only.


Feature Value Info


South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzieTwizel


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


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Andrew Hammond's avatar

Andrew Hammond


Ranking: 10/10

Magical place and exactly the reason why you take a campervan holiday. No facilities but to see the sunset and sunrise over the mountains and that blue water is definitely worth it.

Reviewed 5 days ago

Ash's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Brilliant place to freecamp. As others have said you can park up in a lot of places along this stretch, not just where the map shows.
Quite a few quiet spots well away from the road with amazing lake and mountain views. Get yourself a bit of pine tree protection if it’s windy.

Reviewed 6 days ago

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Steve Mac

Ranking: 10/10

We were lucky that the day and night was great, and the views spectacular. Peace and quiet. No facilities, but we were self contained so no drama

Reviewed 7 days ago

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Chieco Family

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful views. 5 star toilets with toilet paper and sanitizer ( down one end only).
Rabbits running around. We just sat and rested, watching the amazing views. However beware. Cyclonic winds at night caused 1/2 campers to move away from trees and find more sheltered area in middle of night. Otherwise stunning and great.

Reviewed 9 days ago

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Marta Jau


Ranking: 9/10

The best spot for an overnight stay.

Reviewed 10 days ago

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Ranking: 10/10

By far, our favourite camping spot during our holiday. We couldn't believe it was free. The views are stunning and there is plenty of space and alcoves that it feels like you have the beach/view to yourself. We decided to come back a second night and secured a single space down one of the tracks and it was magical. The stars shine just as brightly here as in Tekapo too. You can park down any of the dirt tracks that lead to the waters edge up until the power station (don't go further). The nearest toilets are in Lake Tekapo (half hr away) so only enclosed vehicles in the area :-)

Reviewed 18 days ago

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Keith & Kay Finlayson

Ranking: 10/10

This was the best free camp we stayed at during our South Island visit. The views were stunning. There are no facilities at this camp.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Tegan's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Loved it here
The beauty when you wake up in the morning is amazing

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Kendal's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

The best place ever!! The views were some of the best we've seen in NZ. So quiet and peaceful too. Couldn't get a better spot

Reviewed 2 months ago

Clément's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Just an amazing place to stay !

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Chai's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Places like this are the reason why you freedom camp, absolutely stunning

Reviewed 3 months ago

Kate's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Absolute gem! Highly recommend. Beautiful views and we had a clear day. Sunrise over mount cook is stunning. Lovely walk around the lake. Tucked away between the pines. A couple other campers here but felt very private.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Patrizia Tosetti


Ranking: 10/10

Magnificent place, quite busy when we were there in April but still managed to find a quiet spot away from the others and enjoy the night and fab views.

Reviewed 6 months ago