Hanmer Field Base and Picnic Area...

Hanmer Field Base and Picnic Area

Overnight Campervan Parking



42 Rankers Reviews

5 Face-to-Face

186 Freedom Camping

20 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





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B.R.'s avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Nice free place, clean toilets.
But many possums. Don’t parking under the trees otherwise they dance at night on your roof.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Deb's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

This campsite is still available for use for selfcontained vehicles. There are signs on the road before turning into this site indicating there is no freedom camping; however, this is only for the roadside area. We checked with a council worker nearby. Good spot, close to town and also has some nice walking tracks. Great flush toilets.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Ben's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Stayed here on 27th December and it did the job. Not completely sure on whether camping is allowed here now but there were 6 or so other campers there and both police and security came past without moving anyone on. Toilets close by and very close to Hanmer village

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Ymke Huisman

Ranking: 6/10

Free and toilets available but not a very scenic view on the parking lot. Nice forest with short walks.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Noreasters's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

Hanmer Springs had now outlawed Freedom Camping. There's a big sign as you turn off the main road and by the turning of what was the camping area. There still looks to be space for around 16 to 20 vehicles but we weren't prepared to be moved on in the middle of the night. With a giant sign expressly saying no camping is a risk, driving past the next day maybe a few people were camped.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Sophie Skinner

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Perfect spot if exploring Hanmer Springs. Can walk to town and hot baths (15mins) and there are good forest trails around. If you do the ‘Forest Walk’ there are some cool wooden carvings to look at. Good flush toilets and a tap to help with dishes etc. Sandflies though!! Small ish space, pretty much full both nights we stayed.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Lance's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great free campsite so close to town with clean toilets

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Mike Fricker

Ranking: 9/10

15Oct18. From Hanmer Springs go past the picnic area entrance to the next entrance.
I think there were eventually 10 vans that night. Park considerately and there is room. Mostly level.
Flush loos although they had not recently been serviced when we were there.
Good bush walks on the other side of the road. Good.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Jenna webber

Ranking: 8/10

Small spot so get there early, was quite and very close to town centre. Didn’t use facilities

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Brittany Jackson

Ranking: 8/10

We stayed here for a night and it was good. Got there at 7pm and had no probs getting a spot (in August/winter) there were quite a few people around but it was quiet and calm. It's just a really good spot to park for the night not far from town. Take jollies pass road then turn left when you see the Pawsons road sign. We had a possum climbing on the roof of our campervan so if you're wondering "what's that sound?" It could be a possum!

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Michelle D's avatar

Michelle D

Ranking: 9/10

Great spot. We freedom camped here in a self contained caravan. Clean toilets.
Best tip I can give is do not follow google maps. It takes you to another reserve up a hilly road/residential area where people have been stuck in the wet grass! The actual area is off Jollies Pass road, on rhs as you come into township area.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Christina's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Nice spot within 15 minutes walk of town. Clean facilities. Small spot that was full by 7pm so get in early

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Carl Fogarty

Ranking: 9/10

Turn down Pawsons Rd. and its just on your left. Lots of room for large vehicles and has decent toilets. Nice quiet spot with walking/cycling tracks nearby.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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