Elterwater Reserve


3.3 from 9 users.


State Highway 1, Ward, South Island.



Freedom camping permitted in VEHICLES ONLY. Both self-contained and non-self contained. Camping in tents is not permitted. You may stay a maximum of two consecutive nights in any four week period. Elterwater Reserve is located approximately three kilometres north of Ward Township, adjacent to and to the east of State Highway One, as shown on the Elterwater Reserve Map. Freedom Camping is restricted in all parts of Elterwater Reserve. Take all rubbish with you and leave no trace. Keep New Zealand clean. Always use the toilet in your vehicle or a public toilet.

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Lat: -41.79421 Lng: 174.147862

User Reviews



Small vans only. Max 4 spots.



Had my ear plugs at the ready but never needed them! Small picnic area on the side of the road. 2 long drop toilets and 3 small bins. Room for 4 cars/small vans. Not suitable for big rigs in my opinion. No tents. NSC vehicles allowed. Insects are so bad here. Lights above toilets left on during the night so be prepared to walk through a swarm of mozzies if you need the loo after dark. Perfect for 1 night.



The lake is beautiful in the day. Definitely agree with other reviews about the noise, wish we'd had earplugs!


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