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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South IslandCanterburyAkaroa


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


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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 6 months 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 7 months ago

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 9 months 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 10 months ago

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Daniel's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed 12 months 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 about 1 year ago

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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 1 year ago

Sita's avatar


Ranking: 3/10

Even though the holidays hasn’t started, the place was filled up before 3PM! That’s not normal, you never get a chance for a stay. There was a map with a brochure about freedom camping around the area, which can help to find a place to stay.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Stuart's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Ideal location and within walking distance of the town. Toilets about a 2-3 minute walk, but a nice area to relax next to water. Would definitely recommend! Get there early as it was full by about 6 when we went.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago