Caroline Bay

Caroline Bay

Overnight Campervan Parking



22 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

147 Freedom Camping

10 Timaru




This is a great place for the self-contained gang to stay for the evening. You can park up very close to the beach, just on the edge of the CBD in Caroline Bay (adjacent to roller skating rink).

Please make sure you vacate the area between 10am and 4pm everyday. This site is limited to 10 campervans/motorhomes at any time.

At certain times of the year you can fully get in amongst the carnies when the circus comes to town. Go the candy floss!


Feature Value Info


South IslandCanterburyTimaru


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free



Showing 13 reviews of 22.

Aaron's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

This is a great location with proper parking lot. It feels more like a holiday park with toilet amenities, dumping facilities and fresh water refill available for our motorhome.

Reviewed 16 days ago

Brice's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

If there’s only 10 vehicles, it could be fine... but when you are 15 to 20, the place is a little bit less interesting. Especially when there is cars in which people sleep...
But still, it’s better than nothing and you’re close to the beach which is nice.

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Therese's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

This place was great- very close to a beautiful beach, great for swimming. In the evening when the sun has gone away people gather at the footpath to see penguins return from sea, an absolute amazing experience.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Flying Kiwi

Ranking: 9/10

Great little spot to stop but super busy during Nov - Feb period best to arrive between 3 and 5pm. Clean washrooms and outdoor shower. No noise for us but we stayed on a sunday

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Mike Fricker

Ranking: 7/10

31Oct18. Went there after our stay at Patiti Point the previous night. Glad we went to Patiti Point!
Right next to the port so must be a little noisy at night.
However, we went to the car park nearest the beach and parked up. Ok in off season in a big van but the spaces are too small so difficult if busy. Had coffee there and went for a walk on the beach. Good.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Greg Southcombe

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Right on the edge of the town and next to the Port. The Port generates noise through the night so not ideal for light sleepers. Easy access, basic loos and dump site for campers. Only 3 other vehicles in there so plenty of space.

Reviewed 12 months ago

Cefa's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

A nice wee place to stop for a night. Toilets are not the best, the noise when we were there was really loud due to loading of a vessel in the container depot all night. But it was free and nice and central. Woke up to a nice view of snow on the mountains.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Jill Grimwood

Ranking: 9/10

Nice bay and park nearby, and good facilities.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Jo Dawson

Ranking: 7/10

Great location for walking into town (consider Copper Bar for great food) and lovely views. We weren't disturbed by noise. Toilet block right next to car park, a little open, graffiti and lacking in soap but decent enough for a free stop. All in all - recommended unless you're picky.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Greg's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice spot for an overnight. Easy to find. Trucks may wake you up if you sleep light.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Harriet Smith's avatar

Harriet Smith

Ranking: 9/10

The location is excellent and the local facilities (swimming pool, aviary, huge park and playground) are amazing! In the evening you can walk out to the port and see the penguins wandering in :)
It is basically a car park with flushing toilets, outdoor shower and dump station with potable water. What more do you need for free?

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Christine Hurring

Ranking: 9/10

Great spot next to the beach. Walk to town through nice gardens. Plenty of parks available. Awesome exercise park and you can park right next to the toilets. There was a bit of port noise so take your ear plugs!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Beth Goodrich


Ranking: 8/10

Good spot for a free overnight. Didn't notice any excessive noise, toilets clean enough. Only down side was a lot of street lighting (and our van had rubbish curtains!). Nice big park adjacent to the site with lots of facilities, including mini golf.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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