Clifden Historic Bridge Conservation...

Clifden Historic Bridge Conservation Campsite




17 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

92 Freedom Camping

5 Invercargill




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


Feature Value Info


South IslandSouthlandInvercargill


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free




Showing 13 reviews of 17.

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 7 months 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 8 months ago

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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 10 months ago

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 over 1 year 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 over 2 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 over 2 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 2 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 2 years ago

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sara hoeflaken


Ranking: 10/10

We have not been camping here but the place was great. Stopped for a coffee and hot chocolate and best cookies from NZ. If you are lucky to see a mobile coffee car, stop and enjoy short walk on the bridge.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Ruthie's avatar


United States

Ranking: 10/10

Great campsite for tent camping (just a gravel pull off on side of small road for car camping). Wonderful peaceful well-kept spot by a river and scenic bridge; no sandflies (!), clean toilet with toilet paper (!) and a water spigot (!), free (!!!)... What more could you want?

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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J Dobias

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful campsite (we put our tent on the grass near the historic bridge close to the water tap), clean toilet, tap water, one of the best spots in the South Island on our trip.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Evelyn's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Awesome campsite for free with toilet and tap water. We put our tent in the grass just next to an old bridge and a river.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2015

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Kimberley Garrod

Ranking: 4/10

Basic site gravel car park. Little grass area to pitch tent possible. The site can now hold about 10plus camper vans gravel site. It is next to a very pretty bridge but also the main road. Perfect if you just need to stop and sleep good location for this.

Reviewed over 4 years ago