Hawdon Shelter Campsite

Hawdon Shelter Campsite

Arthurs Pass


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Amazing vistas from Hawdon Shelter Camping Ground
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Hawdon Shelter


The Hawdon Shelter Camping Ground is a huge camping area on the grassy flats surrounded by mature beech trees. This place could be a bit exposed during high winds, so you would have to tuck in to be sheltered. There is a shelter to sit out of the wind, have lunch or simply chill out. There are several walks that start from here that foloow along the Hawdon River.

To get here turn off on Mt. White Road, turn left at the sign just past the bridge.


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South IslandCanterburyArthur's Pass


  • Basic Camping


Showing 8 reviews of 18.

Christopher's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

We arrived late afternoon and a bitterly cold and snowy afternoon, had the entire place to ourselves. Plenty of places to tuck our campervan, woke up to breathtaking views after a night of heavy snow. No trouble getting out as the gravel roads are in great condition.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

M&P's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

We loved this campsite. It is beautiful... The only problem is the sand flies ! A real nuisance.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Richard & Chris, UK

Ranking: 8/10

As others have said, no longer free, but worth the $8 (if I remember correctly) per person. Plenty of room to park up, under trees or in the open. Nice strolls by the river or into the forest. Long rattly drive in from the main road.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Paul Hubble

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful remote spot but not free.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Ranking: 6/10

this camp site is no longer free. not a bad spot except for sand flies. if you are not so bothered by it

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Kez's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

No running water, charged camping fees! Supposed to be free! Beautiful nature.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Rachel Mudge

Ranking: 9/10

We all loved this spot. Beautiful and roomy! Lovely bush to walk through.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Katy Coutts

Ranking: 7/10

Great open space. Long drops. Ample parking by the trees. Drive up not too bad at all.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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