Hanmer Springs River Reserve...

Hanmer Springs River Reserve, Hanmer Springs

Overnight Campervan Parking


6 Rankers Reviews

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10 Freedom Camping

2 Hanmer Springs

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Freedom camping is only permitted in the signposted area.
Freedom camping is prohibited elsewhere in the reserve.
No more than 10 vehicles at any time.
Certified self-contained vehicles only (until such a time that a new toilet is installed. At this time non self-contained vehicles only please


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Rosy Armitage

Ranking: 10/10

This app was amazing. It showed us approved areas to freedom camp in a Self-contained van, but also various options available to stay with payment. The descriptions were bang on as were the reviews. We relied on this app alongside a facebook freedom camping group to path our way on our family holiday.

Reviewed 15 days ago

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The Gillies

Ranking: 10/10

This was a fantastic spot by a river just outside hanmer springs. Clean toilets. Peaceful spot, enough wind to keep sand flies at bay in order to f he ace dinner by the river.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Matthew & Ally

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely site just outside of town with new toilets and the river right next to you.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10

A new spot apparently. Campervan parking spots allocated on the edge of a grassed area against the fence. New toilets. Pretty location by the river visited locals by day but gone by the evening. Nice easy 5 km bike into Hamner Springs. Or a nice walk by the river. We did both and then picked blackberries in the sunshine. Highly recommended .

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Tourist in my own country

Ranking: 9/10

Good quiet spot with a small easy access clean shallow river running beside it. Very clean new toilets. Self contained only camping. 10 marked spaces only from 8pm and must leave by 8am.

Seen one person try park outside marked area given a fine in the middle of the night and told to leave so don't try it.

No showers.

5 mins from hammer springs, animal farm, restaurant and a few other free camping sites so location is good.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Good quiet spot. Has the new toilet on site. Was good to let dogs out with river right next to the reserve. The only downside is the amount of people who choose to ignore the signs and not park in the marked camping spaces.

Reviewed 8 months ago