Lake Hawea – Timaru River

Lake Hawea – Timaru River


The Lake Hawea – timaru River nohoanga site is located on the eastern shores of Lake Hawea, near Timaru River, approximately 14km / 20mins from the Lake Hawea community township. From the west Coast–Wanaka highway (SH6), turn off at the dam and drive through Hawea Township, until you join up with Timaru River Road. The road is gravel and crosses several small streams. After crossing the Timaru River bridge take the first side-road on the left and follow the track past the Public camping ground down to the edge of Lake Hawea.


Physical description

The site is an excellent nohoanga site, with plenty of shelter and good camping sites. No markers or signage.

Lake Hawea – Timary River Nohoanga Management Plan

Download the Lake Hawea – Timaru River Nohoanga Management Plan

Vehicle access and parking

Access to the site may prove difficult for larger vehicles and caravans / campervans. The dirt road leading into the site is narrow and steep in some places. The public road to the site passes through farmland so stock may have access to the road.

Facilities and services

There is a public camping area adjoining the nohoanga site. There is a toilet (long drop) located on the site that users can use. However, this toilet is also available for use by the general public. It is also not serviced on a regular basis, therefore, care should be taken to ensure that it remains in a clean and tidy condition. Toilet paper is not supplied. Ngāi Tahu campers are recommended to bring their own water supplies, as no water is provided on site.

All rubbish and waste must be removed by users upon departure of Waipara River nohoanga. See key contacts below for contact details of refuse and dumping stations.

Site restrictions

  • Subject to operating easement to Contact Energy.
  • Entitlement is subject to continued use in emergencies as a rural fire fighting base.
  • No dogs permitted during December and January.
  • Any other time of the year campers will be required to obtain and produce on demand a certificate certifying that any dog on site is free of all diseases.
  • Open fires may or may not be permitted, depending on the season. Please contact the Otago Rural Fires Authority or the Department of Conservation, Wanaka Area Office, to check whether a permit is required.
  • Note – by using the Laka Hawea – Timaru River [Timaru Creek] nohoanga site you are agreeing to these conditions.