Coes Ford Camping Ground

Coes Ford Camping Ground

Lake Ellesmere


39 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face


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This is a designated freedom camping area supported by the Selwyn District Council. Coes Ford can be found just off the Lake Road.
Please use the rubbish bins and toilet facilities that are provided.

Do not light fires.
The maximum length of stay is 4 weeks.


Feature Value Info


Selwyn District Council

Local government organisation


South IslandCanterburyChristchurch


  • Basic Camping
  • Free

Operating Season And Hours

The whole site is now open for the 2018/2019 summer season.


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Jonny's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Hi just a heads up for those folks using this app. Coes Ford is Closed to all overnight camping until Novemberish 2022. It's a great place to stay tho.

Reviewed 2 months ago

Rosie's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

Grounds were closed. Before arriving we checked council website which said the site was open, I wouldn’t risk it. Go somewhere else to be safe.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Digger operator

Ranking: 1/10

20-10-21 went here all locked up cant get into camping ground signs saying no camping on road side but had bo where to go had to stay on road side for night very nice area tho

Reviewed 9 months ago

Patricia's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Lovely and hoge campground with toilets and recycling bins.
Plenty of space

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Wai wai

Ranking: 7/10

Is ok. Good overnight stop. Clean toilets. Some young guys were doing wheelies during the night. But not for long. Heaps of space.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

JuneC's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Lovely spacious campground. Toilets in camp area 1 were very clean, with outside sink for dishes. Large bins provided for rubbish too. We thought it was worth the drive out, would definitely recommend

Reviewed over 1 year ago

K&J's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice grassy areas for camping, good toilets

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Kaukau's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Busy but peaceful because everyone is here to chillax and enjoy themselves. Gorgeous weekend of weather and water was divine! Lots of space!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Chieco Family

Ranking: 3/10

The facilities, toilets and recycle rubbish bins are excellent. The area is grassy and you can park a camper easily. The reason for low score was the site was average- I think we were spoilt by mountains and lakes. A algi filled river was not calling us to jump in. The locals were hooning and had loud music till after 9pm. When they stopped it was actually a very peaceful night sleep. Only stayed here as is 30min to Christchurch. Skip if you can or use as a stop if your wanting to save $ before you fly out.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

jasper's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

Camping was unexpectedly closed, be sure to call first. Also the bridge to lakeside was impossible to cross due to high water levels.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Aleisha's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

Place is massive so plenty room for everyone. Unfortunately the freedom campers were being rather free of clothes should I say not pleasant for a family to see two separate incidents in 12 hours. Hoons coming in at 1am to do donuts scared the kids too. Not like it used to be at all.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Jackie Sue

Ranking: 7/10

We stayed one night and it was peaceful, quiet and spacious. The toilets were clean and modern. The recycling and rubbish facilities were good. Unfortunately there is a warning sign that the river has ecoli and the water is not potable. The sign says Chamberlain Ford is not contaminated. We stayed 2 Jan 2019.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Daniel P

Ranking: 10/10

Hey Guys, we saw the review below and almost bypassed this place. But we thought we’d check it out. My gosh, it’s such a beautiful site and wow it’s huge. There are 3 sites you can choose to camp. We tried out all 3!! Great toilet facilities, rubbish and recycling too. Got speaking to the park ranger and he was lovely. Lots of people around to have a chat with and exchange experiences. We will defo be staying here again! Best of all, you can stop for 28 nights!! Please bypass the negative comment below as this place is beautiful!!

Reviewed over 3 years ago