Ahuriri Bridge Campsite

Ahuriri Bridge Campsite



35 Rankers Reviews

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15 Omarama


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The primo spots under the willows
The beautiful backdrop
Ahuriri River
Ahuriri Bridge Camping Ground


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The Ahuriri Bridge Campsite is a huge open space just out of Omarama on the banks of the Ahuriri River. It is very open but you could find some more sheltered spots next to the large willow trees. During spring this place looks amazing with all the lupins on the river flats.

Be aware that this river floods easily so be prepared to move on during heavy rain. A very popular fishing spot.


Feature Value Info


South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzieOmarama


  • Basic Camping
  • Free


Showing 13 reviews of 35.

$p's avatar


Ranking: 4/10

Its free. It had two long drops. But, its right by the main highway so road noise is very noisy! No potable water, can get water from the river but definitely boil it! Very rocky ground so hard to get tent pegs in.

Reviewed 6 months ago

Valg's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

This is a great stop for the weary traveller. A little close to the main road, large grassy areas , toilets not great. A quiet night.We found a good spot and enjoyed the lupin edged river close by and beautiful change of light on the backdrop of mountains across the road . Apparently the name means place of light it lived up to its name.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Lydia's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Stayed for one night, long drop toilets were clean but no running water or sinks. Road noise wasn’t a problem for us and there was a lot of space. Great for one night and for free

Reviewed 11 months ago

Edward's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice quiet place to park for the night, but also close to the main road. Nice little creek nearby
Hot tubs just up the road
Toilets available.

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Phil's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great spot right next to the river, easy to find.
Got to see a lot of wildlife too.
Kids enjoyed the river too.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Linda's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Price: free
Location: it's okay, it's good if you're going to Mt. Cook
Insects: a lot of flys, around twelve o'clock a lot of little flys
Wc’s: they are clean
Douche: no, but there is a creek you can fresh up

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Angela's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Stayed one night, easy location before Lake Hawea and Mount Cook. Many spots, not many bugs with a calm river by the side. Clean long drop. Very content for a free spot. Quiet roads As well

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Kieron's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

Field next to river with drop toilets
Fine for one night

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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JT's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

close to the river for fishing. lot of space, close to the street and mostly uneven surface. but it's for free!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2019

Mike's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

Big gravel lot by the road with zero privacy. Not a bad spot if you're in a vehicle but not a lot of room for tents. It was pretty crowded but had a trail down to the riverside. Huge bonus that its free and has toilets. Super close and convenient to the hot tubs and down.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Andy Bond

Ranking: 7/10

Large area with water and toilets, being self contained we did not need to use these toilets. Nice open space by a lovely river but noise in morning from the road. Mainly car 'self contained' vehicles and a few tents which did not look fun in the rain last night. Not our normal type of place it was just easy as we had decided to head back to Lindis pass to walk Old Man Peak range as the weather is better today.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Andres's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

This is a great place to stay and is free, there is just one toilet. It's really well located just beside the road and I was really lucky I've got some snow at the end of August. Recommended if you are out of budget or looking for a place just to relax one night

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Chelsea's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

There are 2 previously domesticated cats at this campsite that will come up to you and rub themselves against you in hopes of getting food. They will not stop, and if you get into your car, they will jump on the hood of your car and just sit there. If you are not a cat person, better not to stay here unless you are okay with being quarantined in your car the entire evening.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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