Akaroa Freedom Camping Area

Akaroa Freedom Camping Area



48 Rankers Reviews

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250 Freedom Camping

17 Akaroa


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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


Feature Value Info


South IslandCanterburyAkaroa


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


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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 19 days 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 month 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 5 months 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 10 months ago

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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 11 months 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 11 months ago

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Shelbi Kelly

Ranking: 10/10

Good place to stay the night in a beautiful location. Town and toilets are a short walk. Lot fills up early, there were already several spots taken when I arrived at 4pm. Hot commodity, especially being a free site.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Gay Hamilton

Ranking: 9/10

Nice free site, toilets 100m away, beautiful spot, very close to town.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Chris P

Ranking: 7/10

Has toilets and bins for rubbish/recycling - pretty nice spot with a nice view :)

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 1 year ago