Winchester Bridge

Winchester Bridge

Overnight Campervan Parking



16 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

81 Freedom Camping

8 Geraldine




This is a Timaru District Council designated self-contained freedom camping spot - you can stay here for up to 14 days. Please respect the freedom camping etiquette and leave things how you find them, or better! Have a goody.


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South IslandCanterburyGeraldine


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free



Showing 13 reviews of 16.

Kate's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Picked up our van with the intentions to stay a bit closer to Chch decided to head further with our travels on our way to lake Tekapo, was perfect just for the night. Toilets were better than expected and loads of space on flat ground right near the river.

Reviewed 24 days ago

Inna's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

We stayed here the first night with our campervan. It was very secluded, even though it was just a couple km away from the main road. The long drop toilets were clean. We just needed somewhere to spend the night, and this place was perfect for one night. Plus it’s free so that’s a bonus!

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Matt's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Small campsite for tents and vehicles to pitch up on grass. New clean drop toilets. No noise disturbance. 2 water taps close to the access road you turn on to from main road

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Lilith Prins

Ranking: 8/10

A perfect little one night stopover spot. Two large grassed shady areas, close to the river, 2 clean drop toilets, close to road, but not too noisy.
I don’t know why people complain so much about these free sites! Of course drop toilets smell! When it’s a free site, and you’ve got a clean loo to use, then its perfect!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Judy Aspinall

Ranking: 5/10

2 smelly drop toilets, very muddy area, highway traffic noise, 2 trains in the middle of the night, rooster crowing at 4 am, my least favourite camp site of our 2 weeks of camping, but happy with the price.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Thomas Weiss's avatar

Thomas Weiss

Ranking: 8/10

We got here at around 9.30pm for one night, heading for Lake Tekapo the next morning. The site is shaded by large trees and there is plenty of space, so even when it is heavily used you would get some privacy. There are two pit toilets which are reasonable clean but apparently used often.
Unfortunately the river is polluted by Cyanobacteria. We didn't let our son play at it.
All in all this is a nice camping spot for a night or two.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Aidan Byrne

Ranking: 5/10

Drop toilets that were disgusting. Big open space Beside a road for camping. Small bit of road noise. Campsite is fine but really put off by the toilets.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Sarah Hammond

Ranking: 9/10

Great price! Hot showers! Lovely owner! Easy stop. Coordinates on here not accurate. Check website for address.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Marina's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Good base on Mount Cook Road, nice green space with own toilet and water tap roadside but calm. A path leads to the river but do not go there without a 4x4 because too many pebbles.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Neil's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful open and shaded area with new toilets, taps and even tenting allowed so essentially a truly free campsite! Space for at least 50 campers so there will always be room available. They have even created a raised 'berm' through the middle which allows the huge area by the stream to avoid almost all road noise. Beautiful nights sleep. Only negative is the lack of a motorhome dump site, but not a biggie :)

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Matt Newby

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Obviously a new toilet since last reviewer visited. clean and shiny. Water available from a couple of taps (no signage) along the road frontage. Good spot for an over night stop. We came inland to get out of cold southerly wind and found this very sheltered at the time.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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James Webster

Ranking: 7/10

Very basic, lots of spacers for campers and vans. Toilet in bad shape but passable for one night.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Lorna fraser

New Zealand

Ranking: 5/10

a functional park-over spot just off sh1 near quite river. a bit boggy, lots of traffic noise... road very close, and lots of people coming down after work to walk the dogs. wouldn't use the toilet. Easy access... a place to stay on the way but not to stay. free!

Reviewed about 5 years ago