Ahuriri Bridge Campsite

Ahuriri Bridge Campsite



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


DIDYMO AREA: Please check, clean and dry anything thats been in the water - stop the spread!!

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


DOC Canterbury

Central government organisation


South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzieOmarama


  • Basic Camping
  • Free


Showing 13 reviews of 38.

Lewis's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

Easy to get too. Road a bit busy next to site. Long drops pretty nasty.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Lisa's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Free. 2 x long drop toilets, clean and with paper. Mostly open space next to the highway, though there was a stand of trees at the back where I hung my hammock. The stream was handy for filling up water (added purification tablets) and someone had left a rope swing for a swim - didn’t try it but it looked fun. Best to bring ear plugs for the early morning traffic. Short walk/drive to Omarama.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Johnboy's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Wide open expanse towards the highway with a ring of trees towards the river. Drop toilet. Good mobile coverage. Ground was hard, so tents would find it difficult. Walk through a grass and tree vista, lupins in bloom, rabbits roaming, towards the fast flowing, crystal clear water of the river.Surrounded by hills. Close proximity to Omarama and also the clay cliffs.

Reviewed 9 months ago

$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 over 1 year ago

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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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 almost 2 years ago

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 almost 2 years ago

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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 2 years 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 over 2 years ago

Kieron's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

Field next to river with drop toilets
Fine for one night

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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 3 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 3 years ago

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Cymen Crick

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