Mt Lees Reserve

Mt Lees Reserve



11 Rankers Reviews

0 Face-to-Face

8 Basic Camping

1 Palmerston North



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




Derek's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing, peaceful spot. Facilities are lovely. The walk through the nearby gardens is great also.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Kate's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Perfect freedom Spot. Water and clean toilets! Great flat gravel parking area. Nice and quiet so plenty of space. $5 donation recommended for facilities- very reasonable

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Lisa's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic free site. Happy to make a donation. Clean toilets. A little kitchenette with power.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Marion & Leonie

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing place! The bushwalk was really pretty and there was even a free kitchen with power to use. Thank you so much!

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Kyle's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Loved this place! Super friendly folks who run it. Friendly ducks too! The bush walk is so nice and peaceful! Must stop. Easy choice to donate money to support this place.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Zoe M

Ranking: 9/10

Great little spot a short distance from the highway, glad I took the chance on it. Beautiful 2.5km circuit walk which was lovely after a ferry and long drive. Nice summer house/ shelter with chairs you can hang out in, and small kitchen area attached. I felt really safe as a lone female in my van. Was happy to pay the suggested $5 donation.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Bex & Jake

Ranking: 10/10

Just what we needed to pull into after a long drive. We found it easy enough to find. Just drive slowly down the road and look out for the right drive to pull into. Beautiful location. You just parkbup on a big gravel car park off a quiet road. We were met by a friendly duck in the morning. Toilets good given its free. Suggested $5 donation for the night. Perfect.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Laurentius Bijsmans

Ranking: 9/10

More park then parking lot, a fairly large free camping spot. Well accessible by a sealed road, two entrances, the first (indicating the b&b) takes you to the parking lot, Just drive on a 100 meters, the second is officially the exit, but you can also access here. We didn't have problems finding it in the dark. Toilets are clean, flush, toilet paper and paper towels are provided. There's even a swing for wee kids.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Phan and Anita

Ranking: 8/10

Well this was a surprise! The carpark is small but quiet and surrounded by bush. You park on gravel and the amenities (toilet) are basic.
The ducks hang around to the point of annoyance BUT what we discovered is that there is a wonderful bush walk through Mt Lees Reserve which is just amazing! We did it with two young kids and they loved it!
We would never have known about this place - and just took a chance after seeing it on the Rankers app, but I'm so glad we did!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Dennis Schwarz

Ranking: 5/10

I'm feeling a bit uncomfortable to complain about a free campground, but to be fair it was just ok for one night. The location is nothing special; the flush toilets could use some new seats. Actually we saw long drop toilets being better. We arrived after nightfall and had problems finding the entry. There are 2: one to the B&B and another for campervans to the lot.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Ali W

United States

Ranking: 8/10

This place was fairly easy to find and only about 15 minutes outside of Sanson. The place was very quiet - only a couple of other vans there. It is quite close to a road so you do hear the cars passing. The stars here were absolutely gorgeous. The bathrooms were fairly clean with running water and toilet paper. There are a couple of picnic tables and a swing set.

Reviewed over 3 years ago