Akaroa Freedom Camping Area

Akaroa Freedom Camping Area


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The only area in Akaroa where freedom camping is allowed – popular and fills up fast.

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.

Website: http://ccc.govt.nz/camping


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Christchurch City Council

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South IslandCanterburyAkaroa


  • Freedom Camping
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Wendy's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

First night of our two week journey around the South. Lovely spot is Akaroa. Took a little bit to find the freedom camp which was fine for the night. Easy walk to the local for a cool drink.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Jenna's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice, quiet place. Plenty of parking. Close to shops (about a 3 min walk). Would stay again if we ever came back this way

Reviewed 7 months ago

Barry's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great spot, close to the main shops, toilet and recycle close by and you are right next to the sea, grounds and boat yard. But ok for 2 nights.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Valg's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

The spot is a nice marked carpark by the marina. Smallish.Fills fast so could be full when you get there.clean toilets in the domain.
We would not go back here. Campervans are not welcome .
Security arrived at 8 pm took photos of all window stickers then just before 6 am security arrived back in the dark crept around each van taking photos of windows stickers again. Determined to try and fine someone,perhaps it pays for the security ?! It was very uncomfortable even for the non lawbreakers.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Graham's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Good free site for overnight, close to the shops and there are toilet 200 meters down by the boat ramp, site is a bit hard to find and we suggest getting there early

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Lydia's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Stayed for one night. Was a good spot for free, toilets are far away but not that bad. Road noise isn’t too bad either. Again since it was free it was a good spot 😊

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Daniel's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice spot for free near the town. Is a large parking lot by boat storage.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

me's avatar


Ranking: 3/10

Basically just a carpark at the end of town, the toilet (1 per gender) is located a good 200 to 300m away so hopefully you don't need to go during the night!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Dimitri's avatar


Ranking: 3/10

Little more then a carpark. Toilets at the far end kept in pretty poor condition. Really feels like Akaroa doesn't want you which is a shame cause it's a nice town otherwise

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Sandy's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

Big parking lot with parked boats and trailers. There are some parkinglots available for overnight. The toilets wasn’t clean and it is a long walk to these facilities.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Holly J

Ranking: 8/10

Great spot for free, near the water, very quiet, decent amount of parks, toilets nearby and town only a little further away

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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A & D

Ranking: 7/10

Walking distance to bars and shops. Close to water, beautiful area to stay in and explore.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Drew's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Good place, with camps for larger vechiles. Super close to town but no noise at all as it is a quite town. Right on the water which is good! Only a 7 because it is really just a car park

Reviewed over 2 years ago