Whakarukumoana (Lake McGregor), South Canterbury


From the Lake Tekapo Township, travel towards Twizel on SH8 and turn off into the Godley Peaks Road. Follow the gravel road for 8 or 9 kilometres and take the second turn on the left. From the turnoff, the site is about a kilometre further at the south end of Lake McGregor. The site is on the opposite of the fence from the public camping site.


Physical description

The nohoanga site is situated adjacent to an existing camping area, on the edge of Whakarukumoana (Lake McGregor). The site is quite flat and is bordered by the lake, road and fence of the public camp site. The site is large, mostly flat and suitable for tenting and campervans / caravans. The site is not marked or signed. There is no shade on site.

Whakarukumoana (Lake McGregor) Nohoanga Management Plan

Download the Whakarukumoana (Lake McGregor) Nohoanga Management Plan

Vehicle access and parking

The site has excellent vehicle access and is suitable for campervans and caravans. There is plenty of room to park vehicles on the site.

Facilities and services

Some facilities exist at this site, including toilets, which are unlocked at the end of September and locked up at first of May. There is a designated area for solar showers (get water out of creek). People must pay $5 daily per person for the use of these facilities to the Camping Committee. There is an honesty box on site.

There is no water so users will need to bring their own water supply.
There is limited cell phone coverage.

Nohoanga site users are required to provide their own water supplies and must take all rubbish away with them.

Site restrictions

Lake McGregor is a wildlife refuge. Because of this there are a number of restrictions to provide for the protection of the wildlife:

  • No domestic animals are allowed at the site.
  • No firearms
  • No windsurfing
  • No powerboats or sail boats

Permits are required for open fires. Permits can be obtained from the local DOC office. However, often the lighting of open fires may be completely banned. Alternative means of cooking, such as gas, should be taken as this is common. Northwest winds in the Mackenzie Basin can be strong. Open fires should not be lit during strong winds due to increased fire risk.

People should also abide by any other signage or directions given by DOC staff.

Note – by using the Whakarukumoana (Lake McGregor) nohoanga site you are agreeing to these conditions.