Chamberlains Ford Recreation Reserve...

Chamberlains Ford Recreation Reserve



24 Rankers Reviews

3 Face-to-Face

92 Basic Camping

24 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




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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 23 days 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 about 1 month 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 3 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 5 months ago

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Joe's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed 5 months 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 8 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 about 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 over 2 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 2 years ago

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Zdenda Barvinek

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed about 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 about 3 years ago

Joscha's avatar


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 over 3 years ago