Waitaki lakes camping

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Heavy rain and flooding event 

Update 3 January 2021 3pm:

Boat Harbour campers are now able to return to the site to access their belongings and other campsites have been made available for the storage of caravans and gear while the team assesses the use of the site for the rest of the season. At this stage it looks like there is a lot of silt but site infrastructure is largely undamaged. SH83 is still closed along the bridge but there is a detour along the Waimate side. ​

Duntroon Domain Campground is also closed until things are assessed as well as allowing the ground to dry out. At this stage this will be at least a few days.​​



Council offers six affordable, kiwi-style camping grounds in the beautiful Waitaki Lakes area. The sunny and sheltered camping grounds provide easy access to the lakes, rivers, local townships (Kurow, Otematata, Omarama and Twizel), a golf course, playgrounds, and walking and cycling tracks.

​Download a copy of the Waitaki Lakes Camping Grounds brochure here:

 ​Waitaki Lakes Camping brochure 2019.pdf (PDF 1.5MB)

​The 2020/21 Waitaki Lakes camping season opens from . Please note, no set-up is permitted prior to opening day​.

​​​Please refer to our fees and charges page for current prices.

  • Site fees apply to any vehicle, caravan, or tent stationed on the camping ground, irrespective of occupancy. 
  • Season tickets apply to the family units named on the ticket butt only, which shall comprise of no more than two adults and children under 15 years of age. Extra adults need to complete a separate registration form.
  • Please note that camping at any of these sites without paying the required fee is considered to be trespassing.

To keep our campgrounds safe, tidy and enjoyable for everyone, there are some things we ask you to be mindful of. 

Before you visit our campgrounds, please visit our camping guidelines page.

  • Campsite sizes must not exceed 60m2
  • No camping within 10m of lake edge

Season tickets

Please note: Season tickets sold to three of our camps – Falstone Creek, Sailors Cutting and Boat Harbour have reached capacity already.​ More information here.​

  • Season tickets to these sites are no longer available, however we would love people to take advantage of the space for a season set-up still available at Loch Laird, Wildlife and Parsons Rock.
  • There will be no casual camping available at Falstone Creek, Sailors Cutting and Boat Harbour between 20th December 2020 and 10th January 2021. If you are not a season pass holder, you won't be able to camp at these sites during the peak period.
  • Casual camping outside of this peak period at these three sites will be by arrangement with the Camp Supervisor.

Season tickets can be purchased from:

  • Council’s office in Oamaru (cash, Eftpos, cheque, internet banking). Please note, if you are paying by internet banking, you must contact the customer service team on 03 4330 300 or service@waitaki.govt.nz prior to making your payment so they can log all the relevant details for your ticket.
  • Registration booths (cash only)
  • The camp supervisor by calling 027 686 6901 (cash, Eftpos)

If purchasing a season ticket at the campground, please go to the registration booth, complete the details on one of the envelopes, then contact the camp supervisor to arrange payment and to get your season ticket issued. Full season tickets are non-transferable and apply only to the family unit named on the butt. Please ensure you display your full season ticket so it can be easily seen.

Casual camping

Fees for casual camping must be paid on arrival. Go to the registration booth and complete the details on one of the envelopes provided. You can either place cash in the envelope, seal it and place it in the red collection box, or contact the camp supervisor to arrange payment by credit card or Eftpos

Casual camping tickets are non-refundable. Please ensure you display your ticket so it can be easily seen. ​

For enquiries regarding lakes camping (including emergencies), see our contact phone numbers.
Page reviewed: 03 Jan 2021 3:20pm