38 Rankers Reviews
180 Freedom Camping
Certified self-contained vehicles only. 18 parking spaces available. Certified self-contained campervans can stay for up to two nights in any 30 day period. Larger parks are for larger vehicles. Only one vehicle per marked parking space.
All camping activities must be kept within the parking space. Proof of self-containment is required. Regular monitoring and enforcement.
Rubbish, recycling, and toilet facilities 150 metres to the south. Camping is prohibited across the bridge and in the rest of Akaroa, including near the Lighthouse.
South Island ▷ Canterbury ▷ Akaroa
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Nice free site, toilets 100m away, beautiful spot, very close to town.
Has toilets and bins for rubbish/recycling - pretty nice spot with a nice view :)
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Great free spot. Our first night freedom camping & relatively quiet. We were the first around mid afternoon. Careful you park in the right spot as we almost parked in the car park over the bridge by the water but saw the no camping signs. Look for the green fence. Easy walk to centre of town, public toilets a few minutes walk away although they aren’t awesome. There’s nicer ones in town for during the day.
El and Josh
Awesome camp, right in town. Public toilets are about a 5 minute walk, but the ones in the centre of town are much nicer. Site fits 18 now.
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Great spot, really picturesque near the water, cute stream with ducks and plenty of stars out at night. But a busy spot. And warning, *don’t confuse this spot for the daytime-only parking right next to it*: we almost got caught out when we pulled up for the night in the *day parking only car park as there were loads of other campers there. Foolish of us as there are plenty of signs saying no camping (was our first night). Only twigged later. Overnight camping is the smaller campsight the other side of the footbridge from the public toilets near the road. Once in it was a great spot. morning and evening patrols here.
Not bad ! Pretty busy, we got the last spot at 4pm !
You’re close to the city, the spots are pretty large so you’ve got space around you, toilets 2min away, I’ve seen worse !
We got the last space 3.30pm and many people drove past after that so get here early. Quieter than expected for a car park. Handy for town. Flushing public toilets a 3 minute walk. Saw a tap that said $2 for water but didn’t use it as we had filled up at the potable water tap outside the Duvauchelle campsite that is free.
Great location but very busy. We would recommend doing as we did and arriving in the morning to secure and spot and then explore Akaroa from here so you know you definitely have a spot for the night. Freedom camping officer checked in at 8pm and did not mind several vans parked in one space.
Nice spot. Quiet at night. Went on a penguin evening tour and could walk “home” after the tour. Nice little market close by Saturday morning
Get here early if you have a big camper! Limited spots but the parking zones are quite big. Park to share spaces as 1-3 small vans could fit in 1 long space. Toilets within 5 minutes walk! Local security was patrolling so beware of parking in undesignated zones. We were told to move from the lighthouse parking and advised that no camping signs had been delayed but are intended to be put there soon.
C’est un parking avec 18 places pour accueillir les véhicules SC. Les SC doivent se garer dans les places jaunes à l’entrée du parking. Il y a des toilettes publiques à 1min à pied et une poubelle pour trier les déchets.
23.11.2018: nice spot and this spot has been extended to 18 sites since this Night
01Nov18. There is a sign about where you can park overnight but it is not clear. The only clear signs are the individual ones as pictured in the description. We parked in one of those.
There are a bit tight so only 9.
However, the location is good. There are toilets a few minutes walk away but there are much better ones farther into town.
We are staying 2 nights here after checking out the lighthouse site. That one slopes a bit.