Hanmer Springs River Reserve...

Hanmer Springs River Reserve, Hanmer Springs

Overnight Campervan Parking


13 Rankers Reviews

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8 Freedom Camping

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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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Hurunui District Council

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South IslandCanterburyHanmer Springs


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Keybags's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic spot right next to a lovely river with a gorgeous view of the mountains. 10 spaces. Clean flushing toilet

Reviewed 2 months ago

Julie's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice spot to stay and have a paddle in the river. Only allowed 10 spots for vehicles to camp and we got the last spot at 4pm. Well organized with plenty of day parking and shade for a day visit. Clean toilets and a few sandflies around.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Polly's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Very quiet peaceful park. 10 allocated camping spots. Area visited by security so only park in these parks, you will be moved on if parked in any other area.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Col's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

It's a beautiful spot beside a small river with rural views. New toilets have been built but still limited to 10 self contained vehicles only so Ranker's info isn't correct.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Gina's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great spot with flat parks. Toilets are pretty new and very clean. Large campers fit as well as small and we found it very peaceful.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Soul's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful views, quiet, family friendly, and right next to the river!

Reviewed 7 months ago

Erna's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Plenty of parking along the fence line, clean public toilets, about 5min drive to Hanmer Springs. Felt close to everything yet isolated at the same time. Beautiful views of the snowy mountains and a river alongside where we parked. Highly recommend.
Was very windy when we went and limited shelter from the wind, made it slightly challenging to cook outside our camper, but didn't hinder our experience at all

Reviewed 8 months ago

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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 10 months 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year ago

Valg's avatar


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 about 1 year 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 over 1 year ago

shyanne's avatar


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 over 1 year ago