Lake Poaka Campsite

Lake Poaka Campsite

Lake Poaka Conservation Area - Overnight Campervan Parking



42 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

107 Freedom Camping

8 Twizel




Use this campsite as a base for recreational activities around the Twizel area or as an overnight stay in a picturesque setting.

Turn off SH6 onto the Pukaki Canal Road (take care, this is a gravel road). The access road to the lake is signposted.


Feature Value Info


South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzieTwizel


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free





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Cris's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful camping site with plenty of space, two toilets placed far from each other. We spent two nights (family with a 7 years old boy) and the toilet was very clean, however, at the end of the third day paper toilet and hand sanitizer had finished (is not a issue with you have yours). If you like fishing is a great spot to catch trouts - first, check fish and game booklets, they have some restrictions. No sand fly during the stay 🙌

Reviewed about 1 month ago

GM's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Down quite a long and bumpy gravel road (make sure you drive down the right side of the Pukaki canal!) but a quiet and pleasant camp site. Great views of the mountains and we had a lovely sunset. Long drops available.

Cost (2p, non-powered): $0
Location: Very pretty. Lots of bird life.
Facilities: Long drops only
Value: 10/10
Sandflies: A few
X-Factor: Not quite

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Katie's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Really no complaints here...quiet and safe place to sleep. Toilet is OK. Be sure to bring water!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Keegan's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Absolutely beautiful spot! Set up with the trees so it protects you from the wind. Awesome little river inlets everywhere and just so peaceful. You wouldn't even know you're only 1-2km off the highway! Bring insect reppelent and you're good to go!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Devin's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Stayed two nights here. Lots of room. Some picnic tables. Beautiful view of the stars of a clear night. One night was cloudy, the other was clear. Good view of the mountains. Lake looked nice. Road along the canal was rough to get to the site. but other than that it was good.

Reviewed 3 months ago

Jenny's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice free campsite with stunning views of the mountains beside a lake. Drop toilets were the cleanest we have come across but make sure you bring your own water. If pitching a tent, stay away from the bank of the lake, if it rains the grass bank is prone to getting a bit wet! We set up on the upper section by some trees to act as a wind break, which worked a treat.

Reviewed 3 months ago

JT's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

nice spot, next to canal and lake, you can go fishing, toilets ok, endless space - all for free!

Reviewed 11 months ago and experienced in January 2019

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Chris's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Nice spot, plenty of space even in summer. We stayed two nights in a tent and had nothing to complain.
Two long drops with toilet paper. Lake is clear and not too bad for a refreshing swim. Easy to find, use Google maps coordinates.
Bring water! 03/19

Reviewed 12 months ago

Chelle's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice quiet site, once you get to it from the gravel track down to it

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Megan Belanger

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome, beautiful place. Plenty of spots with picnic benches and lake views. No sand flies! The toilet was clean. No running water so bring your own. Walk around the lake was nice and the ducks were friendly. Great location - not too hard to find (maybe in the dark). Really fun times here.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Henk Sjon


Ranking: 6/10

A free campsite near Lake Tekapo. And thats all there is to it. There is a little off road bit to the campsite and there are a few toilets on the site itself. It is mostly a passing through campsite where people park there car to get an early start the next morning. Dont expect too much out of it. But expect an overcrowded place after 9 PM.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in December 2018

Luqa's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Good, remote free campsite at the lake with some toilets. Beware mosquitoes. Highly reccomend!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Boris Clémençon


Ranking: 10/10

Big place With Clean toilets and Lot of lovely family ducks. Perfect ! Thanks new Zealand for this place. We love you !

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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