Hanmer Field Base and Picnic Area...

Hanmer Field Base and Picnic Area

Overnight Campervan Parking


64 Rankers Reviews

5 Face-to-Face

11 Hanmer Springs

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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.


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South IslandCanterburyHanmer Springs


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


Showing 13 reviews of 64.

Jack's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Nice spot, clean facilities.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Henrique's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice place for the night! Good toilets and it's pretty quiet.

Reviewed 9 months ago

Shalamar's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great wee place for freedom camping. Not too far from the town of Hanmer. There were nice clean toilets and soap and basin to wash your hands too. Plenty of space. Only con were the sandflies so remember your sprays haha.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Rey's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Good place to spend the night
Clean flush toilets, water, soap, walka
Pine tree forest, birds singing
Unlimited sandflies...so be ready...it’s like they come back to life even after smashing them.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Neal McCarthy

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent small campground on the outskirts of town. Lots of No Camping signs around including next to the entrance to the DOC camp. To avoid any doubt called DOC who clarified that behind the work area camping is allowed for max 4 nights but only between hours 5pm and 9.00 am. Some one might like to confirm this .
Thanyou DOC.another great site.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Josephine's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

Arrived dark and rainy day. The other 2 free campsites were already filled. There was one tent camping in the area. I fell asleep well for maybe about an hour or so but woke up to big steps walking on the roof. Im sure they're not of possums. It was like the feet of a deer or something similar. It went on for almost 2 hours. Worst comes to worst, I was ready to crawl to the driver's seat and sped off to the town centre. The following day, i asked the locals about it as there was news about wild cat spotted in South Island. The footprints on the roof and on the windscreen resembles to it

Reviewed 12 months ago

Claire  ALLMON's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great spot and only a short walk to town. Lots of signs around the main roads saying no freedom camping though which made us weary. There was 3 campers that night including us and we never got checked on. Toilets are right there and clean. Got quite cold at night so rug up!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Helen's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great location not too far from hot pools. The toilets were nice and close, a light sensor came on inside the toilets at night. It got a little muddy after rain, but still okay. D.O.C. and fire brigade workers are around during the day.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Doug's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Easy access flat quiet and clean. Great location right next to a beautiful pine forest for easy walks and bike rides.
mid July. I nicked into town and back for a soak in the pools and never once had to worry about finding a spot over the 2 nights. Thanks DOC👍

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year ago

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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 over 1 year 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 almost 2 years ago

DOC Managed

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Nick Morrison

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