Bowyers Stream Scenic Reserve

Bowyers Stream Scenic Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking



11 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

159 Freedom Camping

5 Ashburton




The Ashburton District Council provides this service for self-contained free camping - found along the inland scenic route. 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!

Remember your good free-camping etiquette, and enjoy!


Feature Value Info


South IslandCanterburyAshburton


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


Katy's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Gorgeous little spot, under pretty pines and by a stream. Bins and a (smelly) long drop with no sinks. Close to the road but not too noisy. a few other campers when we arrived at 4pm and a few more came but space for everyone. Probably 8 or 9 of us so could have for more. Worth heading past the loos to get a spot by the stream with mountain view. Loved it here.

Reviewed 5 months ago

Aisling's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Huge space with loads of room for cars. Very few flies around which was nice. It's near the road but was really quiet at night and there was only 3 other campers when we stayed. There's no water but there are bins and a ok drop toilet .

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Francois & Caroline

United Kingdom

Ranking: 5/10

This was our first night in New Zealand and we stopped there only because others campsites around didn't have any vacancies...
Ground was soft on quite a lot of places, close to the road eve if not a lot of traffic.
Toilets were clean and it's free so it can be convenient for a night !

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Nice spot next to a stream. Drop toilet was as expected. Looked fairly new. Lots of puddles after a heavy rain.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Florian's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice place by the river and with nice views of the mountains. Lots of flat grassy area to park large campers as well as some sheltered areas amongst the trees further down to park smaller vans. Ok toilet and a few large bins which is good as they don’t overflow with rubbish like most do.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Puneet Mishra


Ranking: 9/10

We came here in the night at about 9 pm and we were quite happy to find a camping spot. Great access and an alright view. Not many facilities but has many nice open spots for campers. Another great factor about the location is that there are many trees and a river near by. Although it is close to the road it is a great place to stop if you are tired or have been driving very late.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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R Taylor

Ranking: 8/10

Great spot for overnight stay. Drop toilet was fine, view was great! (Snow capped mountains!). Bit of road noise in the early evening and morning but no major dramas.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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James Webster

Ranking: 8/10

Free, with Ok longdrop. Nice spot next to the river and lots of flat space to park.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Sander and Eliza Hembrarskamp


Ranking: 7/10

Great little spot for an overnight camp. With a toilet and a great view over a little creek and the mountains in the background. Near to Rakaia gorge (make sure you check that out as well!! )

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Ann Barrett

Ranking: 7/10

Great little place to stop, beautiful views of mountains. Very good for motor homes. Clean toilet with paper.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

Kiwix3's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 5/10

Good place to stop for free your campervan. Was quite windy under the trees. Best if you just need a place to sleep, not very scenic. Good access though and we found a nice flat spot to park.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago