Fires are not permitted at any time. See fire rules on conservation land.
Alerts Modified Date: 2023-8-14 > Closed due to severe weather events
Access to Campsite:
By campervan, car, caravan.
Information courtesy of the Department of Conservation
Address:Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, North Island
A stunning lakeside camp set in a wildlife refuge, about 50 minutes drive north
of Napier. No motorboats are allowed on the lake, but sails, oars or paddles
are fine, ensuring this is kept a quiet, relaxed environment. The lovely lakeside
setting has resident swans and many shady willow trees to camp under. There
is a picnic shelter, tap water (which must be boiled), eco-toilets and permanent
BBQs. No fires please. July to September the camp is closed for the
lambing season and at times the lake can suffer from toxic algal blooms (do
not enter the water if signs advise against it). A suggested tariff of $5 per night
per person is to be paid into honesty box on-site.
Camp at the southern end of the freshwater lake, and walk to Table Mountain Trig for views of inland Kaweka, Maungaharuru Range and coastal Hawke’s Bay. Enjoy fishing, swimming, kayaking and sailing on the lake.
Note: The causeway can flood in winter making the campsite inaccessible.