3 Rankers Reviews
352 Basic Camping
Please note this campground is only open between 1 October to 30 April.
South Island ▷ Canterbury ▷ Ashburton
The camping ground is only open between 1 October to 30 April. Walking and tramping is limited to the roads and lake edge unless you have permission from Mt Arrowsmith Station. No dogs, no fires, no shooting.
Far too many permanent empty caravans on site leaving very few sites for newcomers to choose from. 51 caravans (and a few tents) parked up and not being used and eight other sites taken up just by skeletal gazebo frames (not to mention areas 'fenced' off with wind break or brush, by said empty caravans for extra space wanted when they stay). Not fair for newcomers when you go ALL that way to stay there (including a half hour drive up a shingle road). Although seven sites were vacated after we arrived on a Sunday, at the time of arrival we only had the choice of two sites! One in full sun and the other in full shade. The road around the top of the campsite gets a lot of use from farm hands etc from the station as well as day trippers. The lake is beautiful and just gorgeous scenery surrounding it. Can't see much from the campsite, just a wee window out between the trees, but only a short walk to the lake. Quite cool at nights but fairly hot during the day. Campsite fairly sheltered from the winds. Good flush toilets, clean, but all water from the tap has to be boiled.
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Approx 14km gravel road, very deep in some places, not ideal for small cars. Camp site was full of empty caravans. Only met one other couple there. Grassy area to put a tent up.
Lake and mountain views were lovely in morning when the sun came out.
Photo of sign is well out of date. $200 season pass or $20 per night. Bring your own toilet roll.
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Judith & John Bishop
The camp ground was not open when we stayed, however the owners allowed us to stay seeing that we are fully self contained and only needed somewhere to park our 'wheels'. Lake Heron is a beautiful quiet and secluded place.