Patiti Point

Patiti Point

Overnight Campervan Parking



19 Rankers Reviews

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144 Freedom Camping

7 Timaru




This is a Timaru District Council designated self-contained freedom camping spot. Please respect the freedom camping etiquette and leave things how you find them, or better! Have a goody.

This is a great place for the self-contained gang to stay for the evening. Please make sure you vacate the area between 10am and 4pm everyday. This site is limited to 10 campervans/motorhomes at any time.


Feature Value Info


South IslandCanterburyTimaru


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free



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Hannah  Barnes's avatar

Hannah Barnes

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

We arrived late so couldn’t see much, but when the sun rose over the water the next morning it was lovely to wake up to a beautiful spot.
Enough room for a few campers, overall lovely spot.

Reviewed 3 months ago

Ellbee's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

Great view of the sea. Nice spot, as mentioned b4, bit of a walk to the toilet.Can get very packed here. A little bit to far from amenities and shops for me!

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Jackie Sue's avatar

Jackie Sue

Ranking: 8/10

Stunning views from what is essentially a carpark on the cliff top for about 10 vehicles. We took a wrong turn and had to back track but found it in the end. There were 3 spots left when we arrived at about 7pm and the other 2 spots were taken soon after we arrived. The toilet was a short walk away at the local sports grounds club rooms. They were clean. We preferred this area to the other one provided down by the port as this was just out of town and the views are amazing.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Keiran's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice, quiet spot. Towing a caravan, had to reverse 200m up to top parking area as there wasn’t much room to turn around.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Anwang's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice place. Asphalt parking lot for about 10 vehicles, all with sea view. Large grass space in front to relax, and there is an outdoor bbq available. Couldn't find the toilets other reviews speak of though...
Lots of locals come by in their car to sit in the car and fiddle on their phones for some time (good reception there maybe?),

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Mike Fricker

Ranking: 9/10

30Oct18. Previous reviews give all the directions you need. A good spot looking out over the sea. Sunrise and seal in the morning.
Toilets close by and not such a long way to a fish and chip shop in King Street.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Rugby's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Arrived after a wet drive the rain kept on. Directions ok overlooking the sea but toilets a good walk especially in the wet, a true fre camping experience. After a wet night woke up to sun and 9 other campers in the park and a good view out over the sea.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Niall McGrath

Ranking: 9/10

Not difficult to find, but unmarked as free camping. We drove up to the Patiti Point Reserve; just keep going up road, past beach, to dead-end parking lot. You will be up from the ocean, but the view is beautiful. We parked at the very end against the bushes for some privacy, windy but lovely. There is a walking/biking trail close but non intrusive. Public bathroom; follow trail at dead-end of parking lot to a road, turn right up the road to a big soccer field on your left, bathrooms are through gate for field. It’s a 4 minute walk from car park. This site was quiet, no bugs, campers were spread out and all self-contained, yay freedom campers! Happy Camping 🌿

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Niall McGrath's avatar

Niall McGrath


Ranking: 9/10

Exactly as described. A little hard to find at the last point. Previous directions are good, but after going under track bridge and turning left, take next ‘right’ down to beach, stay right and go up the hill to parking lot. And to find toilets follow signs down to road (south) and then turn right to go up the road to the football pitch area. They are in parking lot. A little bit of a walk. A few locals drop buy for a walk or to hang out. Overall a nice little spot.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Sonja S

Ranking: 9/10

Nice spot at the beach, very quiet. Toilet available but a 400m to walk. Easily accessible also for bigger vans, space for 5-10 campervans. Barbecue place available but you need to bring wood.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Stefan Hohmann's avatar

Stefan Hohmann

Ranking: 8/10

Go up the hill to Patiti Point Reserve. Fantastic view over the ocean, but only around 8 places.
Public barbecue area nearby, so may be noisy on weekends. Public toilets 5 minutes walk away.
Absolutely nothing else around you to get food or drinks. The harbour area looks a bit scary for a walk at night.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Lornelle Gilbert's avatar

Lornelle Gilbert

Ranking: 9/10

Fairly easy to find. Fall asleep to the sounds on the ocean. Right on the beach couldn't have asked for a nicer spot to wake up at. I found the views very pretty. Wasn't any noise from the harbour we came in may and although winding not too cold.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Lucie B's avatar

Lucie B

Ranking: 8/10

The view isn't the most beautiful but we can't be nearer of the shore 😊 windy. We missed some orientation informations to find the spot on the last km. We slept well.
We are self-contained.

Reviewed over 2 years ago