The Pines

The Pines

Lake Pukaki Freedom Camping - Hayman Road



121 Rankers Reviews

15 Face-to-Face

20 Freedom Camping

5 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


Showing 13 reviews of 121.

Tegan's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed 10 days ago

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 12 days ago

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Clément's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Just an amazing place to stay !

Reviewed 14 days ago

Chai's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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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 3 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 4 months ago

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Suthep's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

If you looking for quite place and slowly life. It’s here. No any accommodations. You must prepared. Good experience for Thai people that we looking somewhere stop the world.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Katy's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Our favourite spot yet! Absolutely beautiful views of the lake and lovely being nestled in among the pines. There is a whole long stretch after the viewpoint turnoff that you can camp at. We did go explore to see if there was a toilet as one review said there was but we couldn’t see it and we drove all the way up to the power lines. So be prepared to use your self contained toilet! We found a loo the next morning a 5/10 min drive on the south side of the lake at the visitor centre, but too far to use over night without risking loosing your spot. Space wise it was quite busy with campers on a little open lip out onto the lake (which is where Rankers marks the site on the map) but we parked up with some others at about half way between there and the turnoff as we’d heard it could get windy so wanted shelter from the trees. Completely picturesque and so nice and quiet, and seems self contained camping is allowed along that whole stretch though there weren’t any signs. Note: the water from the lake laps quite a lot, from inside our van it sounded like someone walking around our van! So it spooked us at first but it’s just the lovely lake. Stay here if you can.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Brice's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Best place we’ve stayed in NZ so far. This is why you rent a campervan !
We spent two nights there, on our way down to Queenstown and our way back up north. We chose two different spots (you can basically camp wherever you want on the east side of the lake, unless notified so) and both where amazing.
Beautiful view of sunrise and sunset. Incredible stargazing at night !
Only stayed with other campervan/motorhome (no « self-declared » self-contained car...).

Reviewed 4 months ago

Liz's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Don’t stop at the freedom camp at the bottom of the lake or you’ll be sharing your view with 50 others. Drive 10minutes past to Hayman Rd and then u can camp anywhere along there up to the powerlines where the salmon farm road is. We parked up on some flats south of the powerlines, perfect views and only 2 other campers nearby

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Wazza Schulz

New Zealand

Ranking: 3/10

The Pines have all been choped down, logging vehicles and trucks working in Area I've heard that it is to be closed for Camping. there's piles of Branches ready to be Burnt

Reviewed 5 months ago

Elin's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

What an amazing spot! Cannot get over the beautiful views and the color of the lake. Also took a nice swim in the lake which was refreshing.

Reviewed 5 months ago

GavNads's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful views, incredible sunset. Plenty of room for all but the earlier you get there the better your view will be. Water is ice blue and backdrop of Mt Cook makes this place really special.

Reviewed 5 months ago