Winchester Bridge

Winchester Bridge

Overnight Campervan Parking


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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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Timaru District Council

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  • Freedom Camping
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Instantly Lost

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Large shaded area, pit toilet and rubbish bin available.
Moderate amount of noise from the road at night.
Careful if staying after a rain, area gets muddy quick, luckily van didn't get stuck but it was a close call.
Good for a quick snooze overnight.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Becci's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful place to stay, lots of shade and shelter in the trees. Two clean long drop toilets, plenty of space for multiple vehicles. You do not have to be certified self contained to stay here, you can also pitch a tent here too

Reviewed 7 months ago

Amanda's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Lovely site surrounded by trees and plenty of space. Clean drop toilets. A bit of road noise. Within 2 hours of Christchurch.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Jeannine Davis

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent free spot for the night. Plenty of different options for parking, right near the river. Long drops were the cleanest we have encountered.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Kim McGinty

Ranking: 9/10

Just enuf off the main highway to sleep well, walked down n enjoyed the river n sounds, toilets tidy. Stayed the one night. Freaked myself when something hit camper. Was just from trees. Didn't use loos till morning but maybe some glow in the dark strips so reflects touch. Thanks all

Reviewed 11 months ago

Jen's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Excellent place for freedom campers, lovely trees and park on stream bank. Didn’t checkout the toilets which is why I gave 8/10. Otherwise would be 10/10

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Zeta Griffiths


Ranking: 10/10

Exactly what it advertised, plenty of space for large motor home arrived after dark, some road noise but quiet enough. Pretty stream behind and freeranging chickens an unexpected delight. Good place for a first stop from Christchurch to anywhere. 😁

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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 almost 3 years ago

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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 over 3 years ago

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 over 3 years 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 4 years 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 5 years ago

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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 5 years ago