Mt Lees Reserve

Mt Lees Reserve


25 Rankers Reviews

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17 Basic Camping

2 Palmerston North

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Self-contained parking
Mt Lees Reserve


Accommodation, gardens, bush walks in rural Manawatu.

Located in a beautiful rural setting, in the heart of the Manawatu, lies Mt Lees Reserve.

Self-contained vehicles only for overnight stays (B&B accommodation available). Parking is in an all weather gravel car park, sheltered, and located at the north eastern part of the reserve.

- Self-Contained camping in the all weather gravel car-park.
- B&B onsite
- Close to trout fishing
- Historic Homestead
- Bush walks
- Lush Gardens
- FREE but donations appreciated.

199 Ngaio Rd


Feature Value Info


North IslandManawatu - WanganuiPalmerston North


  • Basic Camping
  • Free


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Dave holmes's avatar

Dave holmes

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot recommend to anyone

Reviewed 4 months ago

Adrianna's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Really great freedom camping spot only 6 kms from SH 1. Beautiful grassy area with lots of trees. No signs to say where to park though. Adequate flush toilets and an amazing summer house space to relax in. Donations requested and should be paid as it’s an awesome spot. 2 km bush walk with both native and introduced species was an added bonus. So many tuis, just fabulous.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Ramona's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Lovely spot!

Reviewed 6 months ago

Brandon's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great site, clean flush toilets, open spaces, water available, space for larger campers, great loop walk, would be happy to return, well done to the community for supporting this site.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Alice's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Lovely place in the countryside. Gravel area for campervans and plenty of grass space for tents. The summerhouse is the cherry on the cake with kettle, microwave oven and sink with cold water. Also power supply for recharging phone/tablet and a big table to plan your trip ;) picnic tables all over the place. Ducks and rabbits will be your friends. One of local top 10 loop walk in the Reserve, we didn’t do it but many locals stopped by to walk/run it. Only downside it’s close to the road where cars drive quite fast making it noisy, fortunately not many cars passing by.
Do not forget to make a DONATION.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Time Out

Ranking: 9/10

Great stopover on our journey from Palmerston North to Tauranga with our new caravan. Easy accessibility and turning area. Clean and neat with lovely gardens. Woke up to lots of birds singing and even rabbits hopping about. No light in toilet but facilities clean with wash basin. Did the Bush Walk in the morning which was an added bonus. Highly recommended.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Just a guy

Ranking: 9/10

All good. only two more campervans where there. toilets didn't flush due to lack of water in the region. nice place to see plenty of stars in the night.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Luco's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Really quite and awesome place! Public toilets, small kitchen with basic equipment, playground for kids and a lot of space for campervans. We donated 5$ and did the bush walk in the morning. Great experience and we would love to come again!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Stefan&Kristin's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Small parking lot of an B&B. Lovely rural Spot with a lot of animals around (rabbits, ducks and goose). 5$ Donation requiered. You can use the summer house from the B&B with a small cooking Area to cook.
Clean flush Toilettes there to use and Also drinking water there.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Martin F.

Ranking: 10/10

Very lovely place for a few campers. Nice surrounding and tables available.
5$ donation appropriate for anyone who can afford it.
Be aware that toilets have no light.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Richard and Anne Amphlett


Ranking: 10/10

We arrived at Mt Lees Reserve mid-afternoon and walked the beautiful and peaceful rainforest track. Along the way we were delighted to meet up with the Owner/Manager Graham who was doing his regular jog around the track, and we felt very privileged that he stopped his exercise to chat with us and give us a little history about the reserve.

The camp area was very neat and tidy and we were one of four motorhomes quietly camped there for the night. The toilet facilities were also very clean and tidy.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Laura's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Lovely small spot. 5$ donation. Peaceful and quiet.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

angelika19's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice place for stay at 1 night. Lovely bushwalk close by. Toilet clean, little summer house and little kitchen invite to stay

Reviewed almost 2 years ago