Chamberlains Ford Recreation Reserve...

Chamberlains Ford Recreation Reserve



26 Rankers Reviews

3 Face-to-Face

91 Basic Camping

23 Christchurch



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.


Feature Value Info


South IslandCanterburyChristchurch


  • Basic Camping
  • Free




Showing 13 reviews of 26.

Brendan Trotter's avatar

Brendan Trotter


Ranking: 7/10

Nice and close to Christchurch to get back for midday flight. Next to road but pretty quiet for a Friday night. Half a dozen other vehicles parked up overnight. Toilet was the cleanest long drop I’ve ever seen. Missed the turn off the first time and had to go back to find it (was a bit foggy).

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Karl Ohm


Ranking: 10/10

This is one of the best freedom camping places I've seen right next to a pebble creek. All the credits go to the staff managing and maintaining the facilities. Flush and clean toilets and wash-up area. Excellent automatic heated BBQ. Waste management well organised (like in a professional campsite). Only drawback no potable water. With a gold coin or two you can show your appreciation. Go and enjoy... 👍

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Boris Clémençon's avatar

Boris Clémençon


Ranking: 10/10

Big place With Clean toilets. Perfect ! Thanks new Zealand for this place. We love you !

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Dirk Taubner


Ranking: 8/10

Nice and big place. Plenty of space. Quiet at night although directly adjacent to street. Two nice pick nick tables.
River is ok but does not invite me to swim.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Bhavic's avatar


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 11 months ago

Ryan's avatar


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 about 1 year ago

Joe's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Jack Hooi


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 over 1 year 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 over 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 almost 3 years ago

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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 almost 3 years ago

mirimirik's avatar


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 3 years ago

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Zdenda Barvinek

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed almost 4 years ago