Rakaia Huts Reserve

Rakaia Huts Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking



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88 Freedom Camping

4 Ashburton


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The Ashburton District Council provides this service for self-contained freedom camping - access the reserve off Kingsburys Road. Choice guys! Overnight camping permitted but not long term stays, toilet facilities are provided.

Donations accepted on site to keep this place running. Good karma!

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South IslandCanterburyAshburton


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free



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Brendan J's avatar

Brendan J

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic little spot. I really don't want to tell you all how nice it is!
Like stepping back in time, brilliant old school playground, beautiful swimming spot and lovely stony beach. Great clean toilet. Awesome for families.

Reviewed 4 days ago

Elizabeth's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Lovely little place to stop over for the night! People are friendly and pet friendly! Thank you!

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Rob G

Ranking: 6/10

For a $5 voluntary contribution we got a sheltered place to park and a clean toilet - within an hour or so of Christchurch. The village area has a playground for kids and access to a pretty wild pebble beach (no swimming). Friendly and chatty local showed us where we could park and a few other vans showed up (early December) but otherwise very quiet. The camping area is mainly for fishing enthusiasts and is scruffy with no view but it served our purpose.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Daniel P

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful Little Campsite. We stayed here for 2 nights. It was pouring down with rain but we had a great time in our camper, listening to music and having some beers. Hearing the rain tap of the roof was lovely. It’s a good, clean and spacious site. Some abandoned caravans but great loos with loo paper. So close to the beach, although water is not safe to swim. Good stop off!!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Pierre et Nathalie

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Ranking: 8/10

Quiet place to stay overnight. It is a small camping occupied by a few empty tents or caravans, but you may find a place for a medium van. You are encouraged to let 5 $ as a donation.
Direct access to the pebble beach.
Attention, the reviews of Joseph Staples and Bjorn Private seem to concern the other camp "Rakaia Huts Campground Southbridge", on the other side of the river.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Rachel's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Long drive down from main road, out the back of a tucked away village.
Short walk to beach from site.
Sheltered from sea wind with tall trees.
Handy if heading to or from Christchurch.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Thomas Walter

Ranking: 3/10

Fully occupied by old caravans, even a sign says short term camping only. There is a restroom which is ok. Not worth the drive.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Kendra Seamus Matilda and Oskar

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Excellent spot for a long weekend with the kids. Playground was a hit and the domain and village are tranquil for strolling. The beach offers great exploring (or fishing if that's your thing) and the river is breathtaking and swimmable!! Only downside is that all the good sites are occupied by empty caravans and we were kept awake until 3:30am one night by quad bikes. Toilets very clean and fresh water taps available.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Joseph Staples


Ranking: 9/10

A surprisingly great place. Not free. $15. For one of 20 powered sites or $10 for unpowered for 2 adults. There is a kitchen, bathroom facilities and washer for $2. And hot 5 minute shower for $1. Mostly used by locals and farm workers, but open to tourists as well. A really good value for what you get. Manager, Sarah, is very accommodating.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Fabian Schuster's avatar

Fabian Schuster

Ranking: 9/10

Really nice location. Clean facilities and sheltered area. Do not drive onto the beach, you will get stuck if you're not in a 4WD. Really nice playground with basketball hoop right next to it.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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John Parnell Pierce


Ranking: 9/10

Lovely location once you find it. The pin on the map is incorrect, you need to head further down Acton Rd, turn left into Corbetts Rd, right into Kingbury Rd then enter the Rakaia Huts area. Details for the camp site are on a sign when you enter. Camp site is directly off the beach and is very sheltered. Toilets and fresh water provided. Wonderful community garden and children's playground directly behind the camp site.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Bjorn Privat

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice place for the price. The beach is in walking distance. Not for swimming but for experience the power and loneliness of and in the nature. Good for the first night after arriving in Christchurch. Very large slots for the motor home. And nice people there. Very friendly.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago