lush and nicely spaced out, with plenty of room between spots, great and clean facilities, and just an all-around nice and friendly ambience, not to mention spectacular scenery. As the sun went down there was no shortage of great photo opportunities and spots to soak up the warm afternoon glow.
After cooking and eating our dinner at a lovely picnic table right near us, we waited for the sky to be dark enough to star gaze and were not disappointed by the magnificent sight of the millions of stars above. The skies in this area are particularly dark with not too much light pollution and are breathtaking to behold (and to photograph).
Lake Hawea Holiday Park is a place where you can go back to a traditional family camping style, focussed on old-style camp vibes of sharing moments around a wood fire, toasting marshmallows, telling stories and playing music. It is the kind of place you remember going as a kid, sentimental, down to earth and with all you need to enjoy a nice time away from ‘it all’. Better still, it is so well connected and close to Wanaka and Hawea, you need not drive for miles and miles to enjoy just one peaceful night.
we awoke to the chatter of the birds and the warmth of the sun, and shared a nice cup of tea, right beside the lake. We definitely feel we will return to this somewhat hidden gem, and have decided it is our new favourite place.