Bowyers Stream Scenic Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

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South IslandCanterburyAshburton

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!

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7 reviews with the most recent first

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Florian

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 2 months ago

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Puneet Mishra

India

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 over 1 year 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 almost 3 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 about 3 years ago

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Sander and Eliza Hembrarskamp

Netherlands

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 almost 4 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 4 years ago

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Kiwix3

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 over 4 years ago

7 reviews with the most recent first

Florian's avatar

Florian

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 2 months ago

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Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 96 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

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Puneet Mishra's avatar

Puneet Mishra

India

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 over 1 year 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 almost 3 years ago

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

James Webster's avatar

James Webster

Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

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Sander and Eliza Hembrarskamp

Netherlands

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 almost 4 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 4 years ago

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Kiwix3

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 over 4 years ago