Hanmer Field Base and Picnic Area...

Hanmer Field Base and Picnic Area

Overnight Campervan Parking



55 Rankers Reviews

5 Face-to-Face

120 Freedom Camping

12 Hanmer Springs




Freedom camping available by the workshop. No camping in the picnic area by the office. The local Community Board lock the gate to this picnic area each night.


Feature Value Info


South IslandCanterburyHanmer Springs


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free





Showing 13 reviews of 55.

Tim's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great spot to park overnight but why oh why do people leave rubbish "next to" a bin. Please take it with you or put it in the bin. If the bin is full don't dump it next to it.
I've been told they will close this car park if it continues to happen.

Reviewed 3 months ago

Daria's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Gorgeous grassy site that fills up quickly! I arrived around 4pm and got a spot but there were many others who weren’t so lucky. However some people weren’t respectful and parked very cramped (ie struggle to open door). It is a very peaceful location with an easy 15 walk into Hanmer Springs which is safe (even at night - just use a flashlight). Three clean flush toilets with toilet paper and soap. Hanmer Springs heritage forest walks just next to campsite which are lovely to explore. Lots of sandflies and friendly bumblebees.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Stefan Hohmann's avatar

Stefan Hohmann

Ranking: 8/10

Pretty nice place in walking distance to Hanmer Springs. Clean toilets nearby. Becomes crowded in the evening, but good for a one night stay.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Lua's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful campsite in walkable distance to the town center. Starting point of many walks in the area. Drinking water supply, clean and good facilities, plenty of space for 12-15 vehicles. There were some sandflies around but it could be much worse.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Jayme's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Clean flushing toilets, close to town, fills up quick in the afternoon so get there a little early. There are mosquitos so make sure you have spray or coils, we had to go to town to get spray as they are that bad. Overall nice free place to camp for a night

Reviewed 6 months ago

Ana's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Little place that fills up early so get their early if you want a spot. Didn’t check out the bush walks around the campsite. Take a torch if your walking back from town at night as it is very dark.

Reviewed 8 months ago

Ambs's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful place to camp right next to the forest. Actually quite easy to find despite what others have said. Put Woodland Walk Recreation Reserve into maps, drive past and it’s the next left on Pawsons Rd. Don’t put Pawsons Rd into maps, doesn’t locate it properly.
Clean flushing toilets, sink, soap, toilet paper. Sensor light, will still need a head torch to walk there but very close to the freecamp site.
Make sure you leave time to do one of the many forest walks around. I’d recommend the Woodland Walk, very nice!
Not sure why it’s not on Rankers but there’s another freecamp site on Cheltenham St, off Amuri ave next to the Library/Gallery. 2 vehicles 8pm-8am, max 2 nights in 30 days. Right in town, but the woodland is much more scenic. Happy camping!

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Cass's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

The previous review helped greatly to find it (thanks) we arrived at 4pm, second van there. By 7pm it was full (approx 8 campers max) fantastic free camp, clean toilets and lovely walks from site. Easy walk to town if you needed food etc.

Reviewed 9 months ago

Jordie's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

This place was a little difficult to find, but made easier by everyone’s reviews! As you drive through Hanmer, take a right down Jollies Pass Road, continue over the small bridge. You’ll pass car parking areas off the road for Woodland Walk Recreation Reserve (its not here). The left-hand turn you need is directly after this, there is a small sign on the right for ‘Pawsons Road’ to indicate it. The road is a gravel road and easily missed. Didn’t see any small blue sign for camping either but thankfully there were a few other vans already there. Good little place for free, 15 minute walk into town. Just be mindful if you plan to walk back from town in the dark - after the initial village on Jollies Pass Road the last 5/10 minutes are completely in the dark on a country road, which was a bit creepy!!

Reviewed 9 months ago

Tarsha's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Parking entrance is off on side road past scoutt hall. Lovely place to park overnight with forest around you. Toilets were flushing and clean, with sensor light at night not far from carpark.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Anastasia's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great location, easy to find, lots of space, nice and quiet. Turn down Pawsons Road and it’s first on the left. Great free toilets. Just a bit muddy in the area at this time of year due to rain so just be careful where you park.

Reviewed 12 months ago

Kristal's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great spot! Close to town, flushing toilets, lovely views :)

Reviewed 12 months ago

Becca's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

There are signs saying no camping but that refers to the picnic area, the freedom camping spot is near the workshop. Lots of walks in the nearby forest/woodland. Clean toilets which have a light. Great spot for star gazing on a clear night!

Reviewed 12 months ago

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