Wanaka, South Island

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The Camp Lake Hawea

The quintessential kiwi camping experience

The quintessential Kiwi camping experience. Explore the great outdoors and relax amongst park-like surrounds on the shores of Lake Hawea. Enjoy classic family fun fishing, biking, walking & a fantastic choice of ways to stay.

The Grounds

Just over an hour’s drive from Queenstown International Airport, The Camp is situated in Lake Hawea. At the heart of Central Otago and 15 mins drive to Lake Wanaka, guests are offered a retreat that is still close to all the action!
Boasting lakefront, mountain views and natural surrounds, The Camp is a paradise for lovers of the outdoors and is a great base for those chasing an active holiday; the perfect environment for families and independent travellers alike. Grounds being near to trails, hikes and the lake, means guests can enjoy a range of activities in and around The Camp. Find out more about all events and activities available at The Camp.co.nz

Accommodation options

The Camp offers a selection of private, sheltered camping areas, powered and unpowered sites, cabins, a tiny house, as well as a variety of self-contained cottages, all with well-maintained facilities. Summer Glamping is available between October and April. Van storage is available all year round and long stay “winter over” rates are available. Pick your own camping style.

Free Accommodation for Under Fives!

When we say we are a family friendly camping ground, we mean it. Children under five years of age stay free at our campground in most of our accommodation such as cottages and camping.
For our Denver Cove Glamping tents, kids can have their own tipi tent outside Mum and Dad’s for an additional charge.

Facilities include:

Kitchens, BBQ and amenities, camp shop, mountain bike hire, playground, boat ramp, fish cleaning and smoker, free fishing rod hire, laundry and linen hire, internet and WIFI. 
For more information and a full list of facilities at The Camp Lake Hawea please click here.

Mountain Bike Hire

Mountain bike hire is available for children and adults right at The Camp Lake Hawea.  Good quality Avanti mountain and cross-country bikes, hang-ons and child seats. 

The Camp ~ Food Truck & Bar

Serving delicious bites for breakfast and dinner, gather at The Camp’s new foodie hub and relax in the park-like settings or take a stroll down to the lake with your delicious bites. Serving Good Joe Coffee from Al Brown, plus a selection of locally-made beers and wines and soft drinks, The Food Truck and Bar is the place to be this summer.

Relaxed vibes, surrounded by nature, great food and good people. Bring family and friends and kick-back and relax. Let the kids hang loose in the kids playground, while Mum and Dad sit back relax and enjoy the natural surrounds.  Checkout The Camp Facebook page for details of events and our Sunday Sessions with live music, great vibes and a relaxed atmosphere.

Open Thursday-Sunday
Breakfast 8am-11am

Dinner – Woodfired pizza, burgers and other family food truck favourites all under $20.
Drinks (beer/wine/cider)
5pm-8pm (last orders 7.30pm)

Menu https://thecamp.co.nz/things-to-do/eat/

Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Christchurch
  • Dunedin
  • Coromandel
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Manawatu
  • Northland
  • North Canterbury
  • Queenstown
  • South Canterbury
  • Taranaki
  • Southland
  • Taupo
  • Wanaka
  • Waikato
  • Wellington
  • West Coast
  • Whangarei
  • Bay of Islands
  • Tauranga
  • Gisborne
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Kapiti
  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…


New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!


Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.


With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.


With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.


Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!


Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.