Lake Forsyth

Lake Forsyth

Overnight Campervan Parking



11 Rankers Reviews

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289 Freedom Camping

15 Banks Peninsula




Feature Value Info


South IslandCanterburyBanks Peninsula


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


Madeliene Morton's avatar

Madeliene Morton


Ranking: 7/10

Pretty spot by the lake, lots of swan, also lots of bugs at night so keep the screens shut once the lights are on! Absolutely beautiful sunrise.
Longdrop toilet but not water or other facilities.

Reviewed about 1 month ago and experienced in September 2018

Gay Hamilton's avatar

Gay Hamilton

Ranking: 6/10

Stayed in winter. No issue with ranger. Site a bit of a slope. Beautiful view. DOC toilet 50m away on railway track.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Tommy Shi's avatar

Tommy Shi

United States

Ranking: 6/10

Stayed one night no problem. We left by 8am so perhaps the ranger comes after, but there isn’t any signage prohibiting camper vans. The site is small and there is road noise almost throughout the night (plus boisterous ducks), so bring ear plugs if you’re a light sleeper. But, it’s a gorgeous setting right on the lake and there is a toilet just down the path.

Reviewed 5 months ago

Julie's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

Attention since December 1st, camping is prohibited on this area. Early wake up by the rangers.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Mischa's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

This was our first welcome to NZ meaning our first night out in the camper. I WAS IN LOVE. It’s quiet and a little off the road with hardly any traffic and so much life to watch! I loved being able to watch ducks and wash dishes at the same time.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Angela's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Right next to the lake, which is beautiful and has loads of bird's. A little bit of noise from the road, but very minor. Must be in self contained vehicle.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Mk's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

Nice spot close to the road. Marked as parking area. A lot of gnats and midges.
It's not recommended to swim in the lake. See information table for more information.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Louis's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Great place to stop for the night before heading over to akaroa the next day. Was over at this site with 2 other camper and there are still plenty of space. No facilities at the site. Just the view.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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LIAGRE sylvain


Ranking: 7/10

Good place in front of the lake to sleep one night or just share a beer

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Loic Morvan's avatar

Loic Morvan

Ranking: 8/10

Good spot for a night, nice view on the lake and clean working toilet. Nights and dawn are quite windy.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Tom Allen's avatar

Tom Allen

Ranking: 7/10

It's a nice little spot with great views of the hills over the lake. Lots of different ducks and water birds to see. The toilet is hard to see from the campsite; it's just over the wooden bridge on the rail trail.

Reviewed over 2 years ago