Gunn's Bush

Gunn's Bush

Overnight Campervan Parking


5 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

7 Timaru

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This is a Waimate District Council designated freedom camping area for self-contained vehicles only. For more information pop into the Waimate Visitor Centre. Have a good one!


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Riaan's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

A good spot for a one night stopover. Secluded and isolated with no facilities. A walking track through bush with limited views (we did not do the full track). Probably not worth the drive out there unless you are passing by in any case.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Mel's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Magic spot at the start of the Gunns Bush Track. Peaceful. Only 15 mins from Waimate turn off.

Reviewed 9 months ago

Lennon's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Very nice, clean, and quiet wee place. Not too far off the highway, but is better than staying on the side of the highway. There were very few bugs here as well. There is absolutely nothing at this site, other than a place to park, so would recommend for one night stay.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Katherine's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Not too far off the main road, a beautiful small free campsite at the start of the 4.1km Gunns Bush track. We were the only overnighters. There a is no toilets or water but a lovely walk along side a beautiful creek to finish off a day of travel. If you stay make sure to leave it spotless, which just the way we found it.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Judith's avatar



Ranking: 8/10

Hot showers, nice kitchen and dining area, unfortunately lots of sandflies.

Reviewed over 9 years ago