Waitohi Scenic Reserve

Waitohi Scenic Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking



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92 Freedom Camping

9 Geraldine




Unavailable from mid April to early Spring for Forestry Operations.

This is a Timaru District Council designated camping spot for both campers and vehicles with stays up to 14 days. No fires, please use gas cookers for cooking your dinner.

Please respect the freedom camping etiquette and leave things how you find them, or better! Have a goody.


Feature Value Info


South IslandCanterburyGeraldine


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free





Kiwi Clarks 's avatar

Kiwi Clarks

Ranking: 7/10

Amazing spot on the top of a hill with stunning pastoral views over the plains. Would be pretty exposed in anything more than a breeze as there is no shelter (hence the views!)
Limited flat areas for campervans. Single toilet (newish and clean), potable water tank on site, one picnic table.
You are not “in” the bush. The bush reserve is in a gully beside the campsite. Unfortunately, it’s not typical native bush as it’s seriously affected by invasive smothering vines. But we experienced friendly Fantails and delightful Bellbirds, despite seeing no evidence of pest control.
In clear weather, you should get spectacular sunsets and sunrises, and a brilliant night sky.
Different, but pleasant spot for fine weather camping.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Tony's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

This takes a bit of awareness to find as you travel the back roads, but the views are absolutely worth it.

There's a picnic table at one end and a large long drop (with toilet paper!) as well - bonus!

There's a couple of walking tracks too, of you're keen :)

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Troels Karlsen


Ranking: 10/10

Couldn't find the exact spot, as there are no roads leading to the spot on the Rankers app map, but ended up parking on a small gravel road nearby with sheep fields on both sides of the campervan. Super pretty landscape, awesome nighttime star view, and best of all: super quiet and no cars coming by during the entire night. No toilets or any facilities though.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Timaru District's avatar

Timaru District

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

This campsite will be closed from mid April to allow forestry harvesting operations. It will reopen later in the Spring to allow time for ground repairs / oversowing etc to take place.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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