Balmoral Recreation Reserve Camping...

Balmoral Recreation Reserve Camping Ground

beside Hurunui River


28 Rankers Reviews

6 Face-to-Face

14 Hanmer Springs


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Balmoral Reserve
Heaps of sites
BBQ areas
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The Balmoral Recreation Reserve Camping Ground is administered by the Balmoral Recreation Area Charitable Trust and is located along Culverden Road (turn left after Hurunui bridge).

It is a huge area; grassy, open and sunny with loads of mature pine trees. There is a range of facilities here including power and non powered sites, toilets, water taps and BBQ’s. There are no rubbish bins - you must carry out what you bring in.

Please adhere to the fire ban rules.

Bookings & Payment: Payments are made at the Caltex Garage (Mockett Motors) in Culverden


Feature Value Info


South IslandCanterburyHanmer Springs


  • Basic Camping
  • Dump Station


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Mitch's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Very very large grassy forest area, excellent facilities, only losing a point because there are no showers - although not an issue if your doing the Hamner thermal pools, as they have showers there. There can be quite a bit of wind at times.

Reviewed 8 months ago

Fuduca's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

We took a dog with us in this camping ground. There are lots of space for dog running around. It costs only $5.00 per night for whole family. Water didn’t run this time of year. That’s why I put 8 points of review. Toilet is compost toilet. But it is great camping ground. From October, 2020 camp fee will be up to $10 for family and $5 per adult.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Jamie's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Easy to access with plenty of space for the kids to run around. No showers but there are toilets and clean drinkable water during the summer. Short walk to the river. Can't get any better for the price and is an excellent lay over spot.
Only downer is it can be quite noisy as it is right next to the highway.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Kyle's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Stayed 2 nights here late December. Place was packed out but still found our group of 10 a spot under the shade of the pine trees. Good atmosphere and great vibe about the place. Little wind and virtually no sand flies during the day. Road noise from the state highway during the night on still nights might bother some people. Mobile reception was available through Vodafone's 4g network most of the time also.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Fusako Millin

Ranking: 10/10

It's very nice place with dogs with big space, quiet , and friendly people. It's a only minute to get the river and long truck to walk.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Jenny and Barry

Ranking: 8/10

Nice place to stay the night. Only thing negative is we could not find the box to put the money in. Maybe better to put it near the entrance

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Marinette Kegels

Ranking: 10/10

A 10, this is one of the most beautiful places we found.
Pool to swim, clean toilets, water supply, lots of places, no annoying people coming complain at 8pm to talk more quietly 🙈....
Perfect, we come back. Also thanks to the lady for the pool tip. It was very hot today and the swim was welcome

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Lance's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great campsite with plenty of space for privacy and just far enough away from the highway to not get the noise and only $5 a night

Reviewed almost 3 years ago