Thomson Park, New Brighton

Thomson Park, New Brighton

Overnight Campervan Parking



7 Rankers Reviews

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189 Freedom Camping

54 Christchurch


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North Beach Car Park (alongside Marine Parade, from the North Beach Surf Lifesaving building in the north to the Community Hall in the south) is now prohibited to freedom camping at weekends for the surf lifesaving season 2020.

The closure will apply until Easter Sunday (7pm Sunday 12 April) and then again from Labour weekend (7pm Friday 23 October) until the end of the year.

No camping overnight on weekends from 7pm Friday until 7pm Sunday.

Two nights in certified self-contained vehicles only.

Only certified self-contained vehicles are permitted to camp in this area, for a maximum stay of 2 nights in any 30-day period.


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South IslandCanterburyChristchurch


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


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Nic's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Good location | relatively quiet road | accessible toilets although lights weren’t working so bring a torch | close to the beach | overall good spot to park at for the night.

Reviewed 24 days ago

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A & D

Ranking: 7/10

Reasonably quiet place to stay but popular. Quite a bit of room along the road to park. Right by sand dunes and a nice beach on the other side.

Reviewed 26 days ago

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Jo's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

We parked here and sat in our van when all of a sudden someone came by, scratched our car with his keys and smacked at the rear window. After that, he left and didn’t come back, let alone turned around. I’m now feeling really unsafe. The Campground itself looks pretty average, there are toilets nearby.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Daria's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Plenty of spots to park, clean flush toilets close by (with toilet paper, soap, mirror). Close to city centre and beach right next to parking. Quiet road traffic.

Reviewed 5 months ago

Erica's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Was a perfect spot for a one night stay. Has several different pulls off on the side of the road that people could camp at. The toilets were close by but not clean. Felt decently safe other then a guy came up to the car sometime during the night and woke us up trying to turn my mirror...

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Kevin's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great stop over for the night, close to city center and only 50 meters from the beach. Flush toilets nearby

Reviewed 7 months ago

Tammie's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Awesome site to stop for the night for self contained campervans. Very close to city centre and its safe. You are parked on the side of the road so there will be cars passing but it didnt bother us. There are shops close by, restaurants, and the library with FREE wifi and you can also use their computers. Great morning walk to the new brighton beach and pier! Would have stayed here longer if we didnt need to plug in and charge.

Reviewed 9 months ago