Ahuriri Bridge Campsite

Ahuriri Bridge Campsite




27 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

285 Basic Camping

14 Omarama



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


South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzieOmarama


  • Basic Camping
  • Free





  • Unpowered Campsite

    Number of tent sites - 30


Showing 13 reviews of 27.

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 about 1 month 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 8 months ago

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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 11 months ago

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Saleena Ham


Ranking: 5/10

Large area alongside river and with some nice locations towards the northern end. Toilet was disgusting. Don't expect people to use something like that...it clearly isn't maintained.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Candy's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

Nice spot for a stay for one night. Large area and great campsite. The drop toilet was quite smelly though maybe because it was over the easter period.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Lauren Glass

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome spot. Loads of flat space for vehicles or tents close to the highway but very quiet and sheltered. Toilet and river also.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Kat's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

It‘s free but not nice. One smelly long trop toilet.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Troels Karlsen


Ranking: 9/10

Nice free camping spot, lots of spots although we arrived at 7:30pm in high season. Clean toilet, but no sink or running water. Overall fine for one night stay.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Lizzie V

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

For a free campsite, totally nice to pitch a tent and enjoy the views. The river nearby is a water source, and there is a public toilet. The Omarama township is a few minutes down the road.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Maryline Salter

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful lupin field with nice river, and really a delight in good weather. Negative points: the road next to it and tourists who stop early in the morning to take pictures squatting within 50cm of your campervan!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Sandra Jeffers

Ranking: 8/10

Nice clean site. Drop toilet. Big site lots of space. Just before bridge into the town.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Nick Morrison

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