Camping in the Lake Wanaka Region
The Lake Wanaka region is the perfect place to explore by motorhome and campervan or pitch your tent and watch the sun go down across the mountains.
In the spirit of manaakitanga, our community not only takes a hosting responsibility but also one of guardianship over our beautiful environment. As Lake Wanaka works towards being a sustainable visitor destination, we ask that visitors play their part in contributing to our regions well-being while enjoying our magnificent natural resources.
Specifically we ask all visitors to please:
- Place litter in rubbish receptacles.
- Refrain from using our lakes and rivers for bathing, laundering clothes or washing dishes.
- Refrain from toileting on the ground and/or in the bush/forest.
- Ensure they discharge motorhome or campervan black water (sewage) and grey water (sink and hand basin water) at designated wastewater dump stations only.
- Smartphone Camping Apps for NZ are now available for iPhone and Android phones
Listed below are the local facilities visitors require to service their motorhome or campervan.
Lake Wanaka holiday parks and camping areas
Visitors wanting to occupy their campervan overnight are required to check into one of the area's holiday parks, DOC campsites or seek out the vehicle accessible camping areas in the Queenstown Lakes District as shown below.
Lake Wanaka i-SITE Visitor Centre
Call in and ask the friendly staff at the Visitor Centre to get maximum enjoyment from tyour visit to Lake Wanaka. Staff are on hand to offer free advice, information and bookings on visitor attractions, activities and accommodation in Lake Wanaka and the rest of New Zealand. The centre is also home to a souvenir store.
Freedom camping and 'parking up' overnight
Under Queenstown Lakes District Council Bylaw, it is not permitted to freedom camp or 'park up' in an occupied vehicle overnight in a public place in any town. Persons found freedom camping or occupying a 'parked up' vehicle overnight on any street, reserve (including the lakefront), carpark, rest area or road lay-by will be required to relocate to a designated camping area.
All commonly recyclable materials can be disposed of at the Wanaka Recycling Centre (on Ballantyne Road). Many holiday parks also encourage guests to be sustainable by providing on-site recycling facilities.
Small amounts of rubbish can be disposed of in the bins provided around town. Larger quantities of rubbish can be disposed of at the Wanaka Landfill on Ballantyne Road, even after hours if in a blue council bag. All holiday parks and camping grounds also have rubbish disposal facilities for guests.
Timed street parking may be used by motorhomes and campervans so long as the vehicle does not extend beyond the end of the white line which marks the parking space. Parking is available along the lakefront opposite Pembroke Park for extended periods during the day but not for overnight camping.
Sewage cassettes and sink-water tanks
Motorhome and campervan black and grey water cassettes/tanks can be emptied free of charge 24 hours a day at the Wanaka Showgrounds, corner of Brownston and Mcdougall Street . A motorhome dump station is also available at the Boundary Creek camping area. Most Lake Wanaka holiday parks also have dump stations available for guest use.
Motorhome travel in other parts of New Zealand
The www.camping.org.nz website is a useful information tool for planning motorhome travel in New Zealand. There are helpful tips on how you as a visitor can engage in responsible tourism and also links to regional information on camping regulations and motorhome facilities.
Where can I camp?
If in doubt, assume nothing – always ask!