I love NZ...cant wait to come back, and we are again in October this year for 18 days (in a motorhome). We try to stay mostly in DOC sites, and I am in the process of planning this trip. We love Wanaka and plan stay 2-3 nights.
I saw on Rankers site that there is overnight (free) camping at Diamond Lake. As we intend to do a hike in this area, so thought it might be good to stay in this area. Could someone please give me an indication of this 'camp' area they mention. By google Maps I see there is a car park and then a bit of a walk to Diamond Lake. Is the car park the overnight stay area, or is it (I hope) closer to water. We will be self contained (and as we camp all the time in Australia) so we totally respect the environment do our part to keep it pristine...leave nothing and take nothing except memories. We love to camp by water (who doesn't) so if this is only a car park, is there any other suggestions for DOC or freedom camping.
We will stay one night at Glendhu motor park as well, (we stayed at Outlet Caravan park last time and while we liked there, and caught a trout, we're staying at different locations this time around).
Many thanks for your input, and thank you to the wonderful locals for making our time in your beautiful country so welcoming....we cant wait to return.