Lowburn Harbour

Lowburn Harbour

Overnight Campervan Parking



47 Rankers Reviews

7 Face-to-Face

135 Freedom Camping

3 Cromwell




Self-contained campers only

3 night stay maximum


Feature Value Info


South IslandCentral OtagoCromwell


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


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Joanne's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great free campsite to stop a night on the way to Lake Tekapo from Christchurch. We arrived late, around 10pm and the campsite area is huge and able to accommodate lots of campers, motorhomes, campervan. Public toilets are clean but due to lots of campers, they ran out of toilet paper. Recycling bins also available next to the public toilets. Beautiful view in the morning.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Jonas R.

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful lake, lots and lots of space and free of charge. Only downsite was that there was no water for toilets and sinks when we were there but that should be fixed by now. Birds were a bit annoying as they liked to be around the cars and be noisy at times

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Sophie Skinner

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Great spot by the water. We had a dip even in October, not bad at all! Site stretches out along the bank with more toilets further along, portaloos clean. Good for star gazing and close to Cromwell and other turn offs.

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Raja Azizul

Ranking: 6/10

Found this free camp spot with hug area for large motorhome. Very peaceful and quiet. Toilets were dirty when we arrived. Nice view of the lake with ducks swimming around. U are allowed to park right next to the lake and enjoy the view.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Mike Fricker

Ranking: 8/10

23Oct18. 2 of us in large motorhome. Free gives it a lot of marks! A large space for plenty of vans. We parked right by the water near the boat ramp, not too far from the toilets.
Toilets. It looked like 2 portaloos had been placed in the original loo entrances. Perhaps the originals will be replaced indue course? The problem with the portaloos is they are plastic and it was hot when we were there. We didn’t venture in them but preferred to use our own loo and the public loos in Cromwell the next morning.
Noise. The young uns were awake a while but not too noisy. We used to be young once.... The road noise was noticeable as the road is not too far away. Perhaps it would be better in a different part of the site but I expect it is luck of the draw as to the level of traffic going by.
Good surroundings. A good stopover to keep the budget level down. Have been before and expect to again.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Ranking: 7/10

Nice site but road noise could upset some, big area to choose from. Porta loo in ladies no soap no paper mens had paper not that special but good place to stay after Haast and a long day we were lucky with weather. Arrowtown near as well for next day.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Stayed 1 night. Spacious area, closer to the lake.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Sue's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Absolutely stunning free camping spot! Views over the lake are beautiful. It’s nice and level, fairly close to the highway but far enough away to not be bothered by noise. Basic toilets, but they’re there.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Christian Oerlemans

Ranking: 7/10

Nice big campground with flush toilets. Toilets are smelly, have no seats, rains inside and the door lock is busted so will swing open regularly. Can wash hands with soap.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Katharina Pisarew

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful place, lots of space for campervans, as well as some shaded places for sunny mornings. Toilets are ok, got bit dirty by morning. Around 12 when we were leaving, the cleaner cape. They were also installing rubbish bins!

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Fei Fei Lei


Ranking: 7/10

Huge campground with one flush toilet. Nice lake with lots of ducks and very windy on the day we arrived. We saw rainbow again!!

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Ricky Nurhayati

Ranking: 9/10

Good view. But only for campervan. No tent and caravan

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Meg X

Ranking: 9/10

Love Lowburn Harbour. Beautiful huge site with lots of waterfront spots. Great site for larger vehicles and busses. Not a lot of shade, but a nice breeze almost every time I've been here.

On that note: I've stayed here many times, and in many different seasons, and am compelled to write this based on my most recent stay. I was here on a night that coincided with a car show and a music festival. The site was very full, and many were drinking (respectfully) and there were quite a few larger groups. One group decided to leave a box of empties beside the toilet block, which people then slowly added to. By the next day there were 5 bags of rubbish and a pile of other waste (much of it recycling). I watched day users drive up and leave their rubbish too. Almost everyone I saw doing this was a local. I would like to ask any of the few people who think this is ok, to think about paying for a site instead. Free camping can only exist if those using the system are respectful. It is no ones job to clean up after us.

Reviewed 12 months ago