Iveagh Bay

Iveagh Bay

Overnight Campervan Parking

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Max

Ranking: 8/10

The entrance is closed, I don't know why there is no information...
The camp seem really nice :) It's a gravel parking at the back just front of the lake, away from the road, nice toilets, some bins, a track to a summit start from the parking.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Drew

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful wide spaces marked out by large rocks which makes it much nicer than just a car park, good toilets and right on the lake. Warmest swim I had in NZ. Good walking tracks right by the spot too!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Beth Carlton

Ranking: 6/10

Amazing effort put in by the council. Lovely sheltered area + toilets and all next to a gorgeous scenic lake (good for fishing). Parking spots nicely laid out with rocks and easily signposted. Water had risen a lot when we visited so lost the great van spaces by the lake, but not an issue. No portable water or rubbish bins. Sadly the sandflies were UNBEARABLE and after half an hour we had to give up and went all the way down to the lovely DOC lake Pearson flight (no sandflies!!).

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Berthold Wagner

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Stayed there on the way to Arthur's Pass. Arrived early, but later place got crowded to capacity. Toilets could have used a cleaning. Only Water available was non potable.
Stunning beautiful place with great view of Lake and Mountains in the back.
Beware of the Sandflies though.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Lolo

Ranking: 10/10

Good free spot for a stop over between Arthurs pass and Greymouth. Clean facilities (flush toilets, basin) and a nice view on the lake. Approx. space for 10 to 15 campervans.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Cefa

Ranking: 10/10

We stayed the night here before heading to Arthurs Pass the next morning. It was blowing a gale and rained almost all the time we were there, but it didn't take away from the natural beauty of this site. Toilets were good, views amazing. The night sky (when the rain stopped) was terrific. Not many spaces so don't leave it too late to arrive

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Joe Trigg

Ranking: 10/10

This is a spacious, level, gravel campsite right on the edge of the lake. Beautiful views but was rainy when we visited unfortunately. The toilets were clean and close to the camping area. Not a big town but useful for a night stopover, there is some information on various walks but we didn’t have time to do any. Can’t fault it, for a freedom camping option for self contained campers.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Nat Geider

Ranking: 9/10

The place was not all that straightforward to find, but is super calm (though busy with campervans, we were lucky to find a spot arriving at 9pm). Only park in the lot at the far end of the parking! Toilets are fine, water is not drinkable. The view is probably gorgeous but it was very foggy and windy when we were there.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Rob & Colleen Elwood

New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

A very picturesque place alongside beautiful lake Brunner. While there are extensive grassed areas reserved for picnic parties at Iveagh bay the camping area is a rigidly defined 30 by 40 metre (approx) gravel parking lot with a slight downhill slope. There are flush toilets but no outside taps and numerous warnings that the water is "not fit for human consumption ". Judging by the mess after ANZAC weekend the few rubbish bins are not emptied frequently. This is a very popular freedom camping spot.complete with toilet paper in the bush about 150 metres away from the toilet block.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Bruce Graham

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful camp spot, quiet with superb views.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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deborah cooper

Australia

Ranking: 5/10

Very windy when we arrived. Was really looking forward to this spot but on arrival found the free camping was in the car park. No privacy, so we decided to move on to Nelson Creek Camp Ground. See separate review.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Nick Lawson

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful spot. Clean toilets, only a few spaces so get there early.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Anja Röhrich

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

10***** from us. We (mum, dad, 4 year old boy) have stayed here for 1 night because of the good reviews. It has been just great. With another camper we have been all by ourselves. Nice beach for our son. Toilet clean. Nothing else there just pure nature. Nice sunset. Beautiful. We Loved it.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Denise Hall

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome spot, best place yet on the South Island.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Myles Petersen

Ranking: 9/10

Not a large area to park, so luck of the draw to get a spot but beautiful location and lovely bush walks from the parking lot.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Rosanne van Dooren

Ranking: 7/10

A parking space at the lake. Nice spot with good toilets without lights. Good to stay for a night.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Zdenda Barvinek

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Nice and tidy place. Flushing toilet, only two campers were there.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Andrew Mercer

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

A beautiful spot to wake up. Clean toilet and a tidy campsite. Will definitely stop here again on our way to the West Coast.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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John Blyth

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome place to stay. Clean, flushable toilets. Large area for campers. We arrived at night and found a location overlooking the lake. The morning stroll along the lake beach was very surreal. Awesome photos around the lake.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Kate Voss

United States

Ranking: 10/10

This was my favourite place we camped in New Zealand, the view was just breathtaking both the stars at night and the lake in the morning. The bathrooms were clean and the sandflies were fewer as it was May. The water was pretty high but we had no problems parking. It is worth the detour to stay here if you are going up and down the West Coast.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Julia

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very neat, clean toilets and free. When we stayed there in March, there were some plans around about further development. Unfortunately, a lot of sandflies.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Nell Hearle

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing place, took us a while to find but so glad we did. It was quite breathtaking and well worth persevering for.

This place is freedom camping at its best! Amazing spot with a lovely feel to the place. The toilets are spacious and clean but in complete darkness and hard to navigate without a torch at night. Two thumbs up!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Melanie Bloom

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot our children loved climbing the trees up the lake. Excellent facilities and super friendly locals.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Moudry Vojtech

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

A lot of space to park, 5 picnic tables and very clean flushing toilet. Quiet and nice location. We would stay there again!

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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steffan williams

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Markus Eckert

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely great location. Beautiful lake to swim in, spacious clean toilets, huge space, not many campers, uninhabited luxury holiday homes behind it. Weka walking around, one of our favourites - free!

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Tom Guthknecht

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Magnificent!! Great place and good facilities.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Te-Ana and Mark

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome place, lots of room for both tents and self contained campers, could fit 200 easily. Toilets very clean. Could kick a footy around there is that much room! Beautiful lake to swim, fish or do boating. Very pretty spot. Recommend.

Reviewed over 7 years ago