Montgomery Square Carpark

Montgomery Square Carpark

Overnight Campervan Parking


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This camping site is still open - please refer to the website for the latest government advice.

Certified self-contained vehicles only.

Maximum 25 vehicles.

The area designated for camping is indicated by blue line making in the car park. Council enforces the vehicle limit under the Bylaw and a $200 infringement fine can be issued for any breaches.

Normal carpark with nice toilet and shower facilities in the centre of it.

Camping is not permitted from 10pm Friday until 8am Monday as the carpark is home to the local market on the weekend.

This car park is right in the middle of the Nelson CBD and are in the Nelson City Council 24 hour liquor ban area.

Tourists have been issued with $250 fines, and in some cases arrests have been made of those who have breached the ban.

It is a breach of the liquor ban, even if it is a quiet wine with dinner.


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Pablo Boris's avatar

Pablo Boris

Ranking: 5/10

Nice spot, BUT We have an awful night cause of a junkie, playing music really out loud next to all the campervans, between 23 and 1am, we left to New World parking place. I think someone called the police later, free wifi and great speed thou. Car parks places means that you have to be prepared for everything.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Kirsty Brewin

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Ranking: 7/10

A great free spot in central Nelson. Toilets, drinking water nearby, and free wifi. Moved on to a local reserve around 7am to escape the morning truck deliveries and workers.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Kirsty B

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Ranking: 7/10

A great free spot in central Nelson. Toilets, drinking water nearby, and free wifi. Moved on to a local reserve around 7am to escape the morning truck deliveries and workers.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Felix's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Large car park with plenty of spaces, gets quite busy but a nice vibe when we were there. Green grocers and shops nearby. Excellent paid toilet, laundry and shower facilities with friendly staff. Information needs to be updated because you can stay 2 nights !

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Lua's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Good and clean facilities, fresh drinking water, location in the middle of the town! Be careful to park in the designated area. From Friday to Sunday it is prohibited to camp there at all!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Ritravel's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Stayed here for one night during the week on a rainy day. Toilettes and showers as described perfekt. During the night there was no noise, but maybe because of the rain. In the Morning very busy and someone came to control the cars. Good for a stop in the city.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Steve Mac

Ranking: 10/10

Nice quiet spot.
Laundry closes at 4:30, showers close at 5pm.
2 toilets always available.
Older lady running the laundry is awesome

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Ambs's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Pretty decent for a car park! Very quiet on a Monday night. There was a car that pulled in blasting its music but the person just needed to use the toilet then left. Some people briefly singing at around 11pm but other than that I really can’t complain, it is in the centre after all. Very convenient spot with 2 clean toilets open all night plus a water fountain. Also laundry and shower services during the day time at an extra cost. Was only about 7 cars here. Weekends might not be so peaceful...
Also need to leave by 8am, or get a ticket for 1hr free parking until 9am, otherwise you may get fined. Happy camping :)

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Taylor's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

The location is great as it is in the centre of the town and provides easy access to everything you might need. The downside to this, however, is that it is in the centre of the town in a well lit parking lot. At around 10pm a group of young men walked into the parking lot presumably after a bar had closed. They were talking loudly amongst themselves for awhile, but we assumed they were waiting for a ride and waited it out. An hour passed and they were still talking loudly, playing music and drinking. They seemed to wander off for about thirty minutes but returned and continued. This pattern continued for the next couple of hours. Although they did not interfere with the campervans in the lot, it still created a feeling of unease and I did not feel safe in the lot overnight.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Peter Lillie

Ranking: 7/10

Stayed here one night, didn’t try to use the showers although there were two basic but clean toilets open all night and a water fountain suitable for filling bottles. They are quite hot on the restrictions- we hadn’t realised that we were supposed to park within the blue lines and got a note on our windscreen in the morning (hopefully have avoided a fine). It is just a car park, but then it’s great to be able to legally stay in the town centre for free and use the surrounding amenities.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

TP&MM's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Literally a car park in the middle of town. Very convenient and the local showers were a bonus. The ladies there were very helpful and vigilant at keeping the showers clean. Only downside at the time was that there was some public maintenance work going on and they had commandeered many of the allocated camping spots but that is only temporary.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Michael S

Ranking: 8/10

Guter Platz, mögliche Plätze sind mit blauer Linie markiert. Mitten in Nelson. Parkplatz ist beleuchtet. Toilette war okay. Gegen 19 Uhr den letzten Platz bekommen. Nelson insgesamt nicht so schön.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Katharina Pisarew

Ranking: 9/10

Great campspot for 1-2 nights. Middle of Nelson, everything is nearby: cafe shops, grocery stores, restaurants, etc. 2 free toilets open all night. $2 shower, but line in the morning. We stayed one night, was quiet and we felt safe.

Reviewed over 3 years ago