13 Rankers Reviews
263 Freedom Camping
Stay in a self contained vehicle for up to 2 nights at peaceful Taylor Dam Reserve. Good walking and mountain biking options, while also in close proximity to Wither Hills Walkway and only 6kms from Blenheim township.
South Island ▷ Marlborough ▷ Blenheim
Its a pond, not a dam. A few swans around. Toilets are ridiculous far from camp.
Not a bad spot to park up, pretty cold in winter, lots of vans were frosted over in the morning! Toilets are a fair walk down to the dam, lots of beautiful swans. Relatively quiet for a Friday night- no noisy drunk people or loud cars.
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- Small and crowded carpark for about 10 vehicles,
- close to lovely pond with lots of birds,
- very nice about 30 minutes walk around the pond,
- clean toilets at 10 minutes walk,
- in the morning you can drive down to the pond and enjoy its calm beauty
Beautiful location. Stunning scenery of the dam and mountains. A shame you can only camp at the top and not around the dam. But it’s still a perfect free place to park for a night.
One down fall was there were cars coming in and out a lot (not sure why, very strange!) through the evening and again early morning and some idiot decided to honk their horn 3 times on the way out! Idiots (to wake up all the campers).
The council came round at 8:30pm, we assum to make sure campers we not on the dam front, so obey the signs.
All in all a beautiful spot though and much nicer than others we pass on the way up from Christchurch to Picton. Close to ferry as well, a 25min drive in.
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Cool spot, nice and simple. Lots of good walking around
Quiet place close to Blenheim. Toilet is a 5 min. walk past a nice lake, pity the toilet was flooded and blocked while we were there. Decent free spot.
Lovely reserve not far from Blenheim. We came in at 6.30pm and snagged the last park. The reviews aren’t kidding about the toilets, pretty terrible walk on a rainy night but they are well maintained.
Very nice spot just out of town. Some cars at night but otherwise very quiet. Toilets are a 5 min walk and clean and nice. Best to park your RV at the far end thus getting the first morning sun.
Nice spot. Gravel park is a bit sloping. Few cars driving around till midnight (Saturday), but not anything disturbing at all. Toilet is a bit far, but clean and with flush and sink, however no lights at night. About 5kms from city centre.
Can walk around the reserve, good for a night. Sheltered from the winds.
The park itself is a magic spot. The self-contained overnight space is in the carpark before the front gate - thus quite close to the road. It was relatively flat. The park gate wasn't closed overnight. We stayed there on Tuesday night, so it was quiet - but I would imagine it could get busy with undesirables during weekends.
What a disappointment. We got the afternoon ferry back to Picton and initially it looked like a good spot. Ok the parking space is small and not quite level, but the area looked nice and peaceful.
I had looked at the reviews and saw peaceful-well being woken at 3am by drunken youngsters shouting abusive language about the fact we were in a campervan, is not my idea of peaceful! Maybe it is a quiet location, but definitely not on a Friday night! We did not stay any longer and shortly after some of them left, we drove on, as we did not feel safe.
We stayed in the centre of Wellington at Evans Bay Parade the previous night and no trouble what so ever.
I think the location should be moved, as where the youngsters hang out, means they drive in and out right past the spot where you camp.
Luckily we don't have children and are not retired, but not feeing safe, the noise of burn outs and abusive language should not have to be experienced by anyone.
We needed a place near Blenheim to break the journey from Kaikoura to Picton, so chose this one as it was out of the town. It was easy to find, even as it got dark
Initially disappointed as the allocated space for campervans is actually on the outer parking of the reserve, but we only needed sleep so not too worried.
When we awoke and went for an explore, the reserve was wonderful, well worth a visit if only to feed the ducks. Which is what most passers by seemed to do
Toilets in good order and clean, if a little basic. The grounds were well maintained.