Hillside Rest Area

Day Use Area

4.4 from 5 users.


Hillside Manapouri Road, Manapouri, South Island.


Local ranger has asked to remove this as it's no longer a freedom camping site. Prepared to issue $200 fine if you dont meet the self containment requirements. The nearest freedom campsite is a DOC one in Manowai. This is a day use spot. It is dog friendly. It is accessible to RVs, camper trailers and caravans. Camping in tents is not permitted. You must be fully self-contained.

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Lat: -45.526413 Lng: 167.75623

User Reviews


@CaiBurton - Travelling Illustrator

No overnight camping! Parked up here for the night and had a ranger come along. They explained that whilst they couldn't do anything because we were self contained, that the area was no longer permitted for freedom camping. Asked us to comment explaining the case as they were working to get the listing removed. Would have been quite happy to issue a $200 fine if we weren't legit. The nearest free campsite is one in Manowai so best to go there if you're after a free night! Otherwise, up the Milford track you go!!



Perfect spot for the night, we stayed here a few nights from 16 september. Near the river, quiet and no other vans



Lovely spot if you are fully self contained. Gravel track extends for 800m along the river so plenty of options for camp sites well away from road. We camped on 18/9 at end of track near river. Very peaceful with just 1 other van in sight. Enough breeze to keep sandflies away.


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