Camp at Lake Hawea — a secret to pass on for generations

Lake Hawea Holiday Park is a jewel in the crown of Southern Lakes camping and family holidays.

The park is modestly nestled within a wooded area on the shores of Lake Hawea - a stunning deep-blue crystal-clear glacial lake dramatically framed by rugged Southern Alps. This little beauty is most definitely punching well above its weight in the views department!

The iconic Kiwi-styled accommodation and ‘‘welcome back'' hospitality is the place to make memories and start traditions. This special place is ideal for families, young couples or groups of friends seeing in the New Year.

You'll be greeted and settled by the camp host Mike, who incidentally will be on hand later to smoke the ‘‘one that didn't get away''! Bring your own rod, or, easier still, borrow one from the camp's selection. It also has mountain bikes on site for hire and Mike will point you in the direction of the new loop track or find a walk to suit your pace. The boat ramp is close by, and the camp boasts its very own sportsground if you fancy a hit of cricket - the perfect way to summon up a thirst!

Morning chores are reduced to lathering on the sunscreen and putting a ‘‘local Sauv'' on ice for later. No cooking is necessary, as the camp shares the view with Sails Restaurant and Lake Hawea Hotel, where you can stop by for a meal, grab some fish and chips or meet up for a drink.

As the long days draw to an end, cool down with an ice cream, take a dip in the new swimming hole or crack open one you've prepared earlier. If you time it just right, you can collect that freshly smoked salmon from Mike to eat with some warm bread and a nicely chilled glass of the local drop.

Cheers to that!