Chamberlains Ford Recreation Reserve

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This is a Selwyn District Council designated camping ground. Camping here is free - please follow common freedom camping rules and keep this place clean! Good river swimming.

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Christchurch Address:
Leeston Road

22 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 2.

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Bhavic

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic place! It's big and has 5 flushing new toilets. Non potable water for washing dishes and a creek nearby. Several picnic benches too. Definitely donate!

Tried to revisit this place but it’s closed and reopening for Xmas!

Reviewed 24 days ago

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Ryan

Ranking: 10/10

The toilets and BBQ area seemed to be almost brand new. Very clean and the toilets were perfectly maintained, lots of newly planted trees/shrubs around and heaps of space. Go for a nice walk along the creek, would probably be nice for a swim in summer! There was even a security guy who patrolled a couple times during our stay. Ideal spot right outside of Christchurch before we returned our campervan to the airport.

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Joe

Ranking: 8/10

Plenty of spot in the grass, clean facilities and bigs bins. Nice free camp, worth a donation !

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Jack Hooi

Malaysia

Ranking: 10/10

I went to the other area on Old Bridge Rd (cross the bridge, on right). Place is ok. Parked on grass area right after the main entrance. All good.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Charlotte Guet

Ranking: 8/10

Very good free camp!! Try the other side of the bridge, there is more room. Toilets are OK and clean. Also a sink to watch your dishes (non potable water). A lot of backpackers...

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Nicola Barlow

Ranking: 1/10

We had to leave this campsite at midnight for fear of being robbed. When we arrived we had a strange feeling and there were people in cars and dirt bikes driving around as though they were scouting the place out. As soon as it got dark a woman appeared outside of our camper van asking us to get out and help her with an unknown task. When we didn't she left but there was a car driving around and around turning it's headlights off and on for the next couple of hours. It had an unfriendly feel and we didn't feel safe so we had to go somewhere else. The toilet was a drop toilet and the floor was clean but the toilet itself was very dirty. Right by a main road too and it was fairly noisy. Good luck to whoever stays there!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Christopher de Baux

Ranking: 10/10

Free, fantastic and beautiful. Getting your Toyota stuck in the mud is probably a result of you being the kind of person that gets your Toyota stuck in the mud.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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mirimirik

New Zealand

Ranking: 1/10

Definitely a no go in winter. Went after solid day of raining in May, got stuck in mud in our Toyota campervan. Had to call AA assist to come and tow us out. Could be a different story in summer.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Zdenda Barvinek

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Great campsite. Flushing toilet, water, BBQ, huge area.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Jamie McLauchlan

Ranking: 8/10

We love this place. Pets are welcome but there are times when algae affects water quality so people and pets need to stay out of the water. Great place to stay, and a great base to explore the Selwyn district.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Joscha

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful freedom camping spot. If you come from Springston, drive over the bridge and turn right at the brown sign "Chamberlains Ford"(Old Bridge Road). Huge area to camp. Flushing toilets, rubbish bins and BBQ.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Bertrand Rives

Ranking: 6/10

A free campsite "near" Christchurch (30km). Noisy. Bad toilets. But grass to park the car without any problem.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Bernard Duinkerken

Ranking: 8/10

Very spacious campground with toilet and rubbish bin. A man told us there is also running water on the westside of the road but we stayed on east and didn't check. As long as you don't park as close to the non busy road, the cars wont be a bother at all

Reviewed over 3 years ago

22 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 2.

Bhavic's avatar

Bhavic

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic place! It's big and has 5 flushing new toilets. Non potable water for washing dishes and a creek nearby. Several picnic benches too. Definitely donate!

Tried to revisit this place but it’s closed and reopening for Xmas!

Reviewed 24 days ago

Ryan's avatar

Ryan

Ranking: 10/10

The toilets and BBQ area seemed to be almost brand new. Very clean and the toilets were perfectly maintained, lots of newly planted trees/shrubs around and heaps of space. Go for a nice walk along the creek, would probably be nice for a swim in summer! There was even a security guy who patrolled a couple times during our stay. Ideal spot right outside of Christchurch before we returned our campervan to the airport.

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Joe's avatar

Joe

Ranking: 8/10

Plenty of spot in the grass, clean facilities and bigs bins. Nice free camp, worth a donation !

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Jack Hooi

Malaysia

Ranking: 10/10

I went to the other area on Old Bridge Rd (cross the bridge, on right). Place is ok. Parked on grass area right after the main entrance. All good.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Charlotte Guet's avatar

Charlotte Guet

Ranking: 8/10

Very good free camp!! Try the other side of the bridge, there is more room. Toilets are OK and clean. Also a sink to watch your dishes (non potable water). A lot of backpackers...

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Nicola Barlow's avatar

Nicola Barlow

Ranking: 1/10

We had to leave this campsite at midnight for fear of being robbed. When we arrived we had a strange feeling and there were people in cars and dirt bikes driving around as though they were scouting the place out. As soon as it got dark a woman appeared outside of our camper van asking us to get out and help her with an unknown task. When we didn't she left but there was a car driving around and around turning it's headlights off and on for the next couple of hours. It had an unfriendly feel and we didn't feel safe so we had to go somewhere else. The toilet was a drop toilet and the floor was clean but the toilet itself was very dirty. Right by a main road too and it was fairly noisy. Good luck to whoever stays there!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Christopher de Baux's avatar

Christopher de Baux

Ranking: 10/10

Free, fantastic and beautiful. Getting your Toyota stuck in the mud is probably a result of you being the kind of person that gets your Toyota stuck in the mud.

Reviewed about 2 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…

mirimirik's avatar

mirimirik

New Zealand

Ranking: 1/10

Definitely a no go in winter. Went after solid day of raining in May, got stuck in mud in our Toyota campervan. Had to call AA assist to come and tow us out. Could be a different story in summer.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Zdenda Barvinek's avatar

Zdenda Barvinek

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Great campsite. Flushing toilet, water, BBQ, huge area.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Jamie McLauchlan's avatar

Jamie McLauchlan

Ranking: 8/10

We love this place. Pets are welcome but there are times when algae affects water quality so people and pets need to stay out of the water. Great place to stay, and a great base to explore the Selwyn district.

Reviewed almost 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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Joscha's avatar

Joscha

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful freedom camping spot. If you come from Springston, drive over the bridge and turn right at the brown sign "Chamberlains Ford"(Old Bridge Road). Huge area to camp. Flushing toilets, rubbish bins and BBQ.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Bertrand Rives's avatar

Bertrand Rives

Ranking: 6/10

A free campsite "near" Christchurch (30km). Noisy. Bad toilets. But grass to park the car without any problem.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Bernard Duinkerken's avatar

Bernard Duinkerken

Ranking: 8/10

Very spacious campground with toilet and rubbish bin. A man told us there is also running water on the westside of the road but we stayed on east and didn't check. As long as you don't park as close to the non busy road, the cars wont be a bother at all

Reviewed over 3 years ago