Bowyers Stream Scenic Reserve

Bowyers Stream Scenic Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking


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9 Ashburton

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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!

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Ashburton District Council

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  • Freedom Camping
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Kelvin mcdonald 's avatar

Kelvin mcdonald

Ranking: 8/10

Great for over night stop. Toilets clean and tidy. Road noise ok, you are just off a main road, so what do u expect. We had a nice tea at Mt Sommers hotel, local said there was heavy rain night before we got here. Explains wet areas and parking spot a bit limited, as we don't have a 4 wheel drive camper. Would stay again if I had to.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Tony's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

It's nice and quiet, apart from the traffic/ road noise. It'd be great for these roadside spots to have a noise mound along the road. That said, they've certainly put some work in to make the place nice with a decent long drop and packed gravel roading. If you need anything else, there are options a little way away, both North and South.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Ving Lim


Ranking: 1/10

Closed for maintenance when i arrived and no update news at all.

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Bridger Fam

Ranking: 8/10

Nice wee spot. Bit too slippery to get to river edge but still nice. Road noise isn't too bad. Toilet (Throne) not flash but usable.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Landy's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely gorgeous wee spot. Stayed here last night right next to the river. Very lucky to be able to have this place as a freedom camp. Picked up a few bits of rubbish. Please make sure you leave it better than you found it 💜

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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amy huang

Ranking: 10/10

Great spot, nice view.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Lua's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

It is a very quiet and green spot with plenty of space and close to the village of Mount Somers. There is a drop toilet but no other facilities. To us it wasn't a problem because you can find everything you might need such as public toilets, sink to wash dishes and drinking water in Mount Somers domain.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Paul's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

Not a bad stop over spot, but it has limited access for a caravan as the road was in a poor condition when we visited.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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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 about 3 years 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 about 3 years 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 over 3 years 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 over 3 years ago

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 about 4 years ago