Clifden Historic Bridge Conservation...

Clifden Historic Bridge Conservation Campsite



22 Rankers Reviews

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6 Invercargill

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You may freedom camp in the designated area for a maximum of 7 nights in any 30 day period.
You must be self-contained.


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Southland District Council

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Annie87's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great freedom camping spot. Drove past it initially, it’s not signed from the road. Look for the sign to the Historic Bridge.

Camper parking on the gravel area / car park near the toilets. Tent area closer to the bridge on the grass.

Super clean toilets!

Reviewed 4 months ago

Max's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Good open space in the car park near the amenities for free camping.
Very short walk to the historic bridge and swim in the river.

Very clean toilets available
Would stay here again, very peaceful

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Lucie's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

We stayed here bevining of Feb and the place is lovely, New flushing toilets with lights on in the evening. And as a bonus the 2 roosters are still here giving you a warm welcome. Would stay here again.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Mo's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

Seems to be closed. Sign saying no vehicles permitted

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Mike Sc

Ranking: 9/10

Stayed in October. We were on our own surrounded by fields of deer and sheep. And the resident red rooster that crowed, from 4 to 8 am , accompanied by a single white hen that set up camp under our van. New toilets should be open mid october but let's hope they keep the retro single drop toilet made from fibreglass for historic value. Needs a dump and water supply and then will be perfect.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Troy's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful location devided for vehicles and tent campers. Nice flush toilet and a tap in Tent area. Beautiful view at the suspension bridge.. it’s Free but be careful of the 2 roosters they own the property....

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Roland Hänni

Ranking: 8/10

Nice picnic area (grass) sheltered by trees, near hanging bridge and river, which can be used for about 5 tents. Large gravel parking for about 10 vehicles. Provides a not smelly flush toilet with paper and a water tap nearby.
Beware of the rooster! He „owns“ that place and may get agressive. In return the wake-up call early in the morning is for free :-)

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Olo's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful place. One table and one toilet and quite much place on the grass. We slept there in a tent. There is NO sign that this is for self-contained wehicules only.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Ian&yevon's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice little field next to historical field and river, we camp in tent for a night under tree for free.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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A Carl

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely free campsite! Nice historic bridge with a view of the sunset and a warm river for swimming. The tent area is grassy and shaded, next to drinking water and a flushing pit toilet. Parking is on the gravel lot next to the road. Be sure to support local business by treating yourself to a delicious hot drink or pastry from the coffee cart!

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Harriet Smith

Ranking: 9/10

This a lovely place. Quiet and sheltered, no sand flies, beautiful setting next to river and historic bridge. Even a couple of chickens wandering around! Only thing that stops it getting a 10 is the toilet was "out of order".

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Henry Marsh

Ranking: 7/10

Small campsite by the Old Clifden Suspension Bridge. Gravel carpark that would accommodate 15 vehicles, nice grass area with clean toilet that doesn't smell at all. Right next to the river and historic bridge. Can't drive car onto the campsite so have to carry gear over and park your car away from you which wasn't ideal for security. Grass area was around 500m2 so could have lots of tents. Perfect campsite if it's windy as it was sheltered by large trees and the landscape, very windy night and we slept fine. Carpark is a bit more exposed. Just off the southern scenic route so you don't have to drive 20km down a dirt road and back which is perfect for pulling up at night and heading on the next day.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Guillaume Deleuze

Ranking: 10/10

The location is excellent. Far away enough from the main road to be quiet, but close enough to get back on the route you want. Our tent was fairly well sheltered from the wind and the ground was flat. Toilet facilities were clean (underground stream) and drinking water tap available. There was an area for making campfires beside the bridge as well, all-in-all making for a great atmosphere.

Reviewed over 5 years ago