46 Rankers Reviews
164 Freedom Camping
15 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.
South Island ▷ Canterbury ▷ Hanmer Springs
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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.
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.
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Great spot! Close to town, flushing toilets, lovely views :)
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!
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Nice free place, clean toilets.
But many possums. Don’t parking under the trees otherwise they dance at night on your roof.
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.
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
Free and toilets available but not a very scenic view on the parking lot. Nice forest with short walks.
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.
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.
Great free campsite so close to town with clean toilets
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.
Small spot so get there early, was quite and very close to town centre. Didn’t use facilities
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