St James Homestead Camping Ground...

St James Homestead Camping Ground


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· Basic facility - Free camping
· 6-10 sites
· Water supply
· Dogs ok
· Vehicle access
· Toilet


Feature Value Info


South IslandCanterburyHanmer Springs


  • Basic Camping
  • Free


Mitch's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

It's 14km of very corrugated, winding gravel road with some very steep sections in desperate need of a once-over by a grader. I was able to make it there in my RWD Lexus is250 but it took 45 minutes due to the corrugation, thank God for traction control too. Some beautiful views, basic facilities, vault toilet only.

Would not recommend going if road is wet or icy. Probably wouldn't attempt at all in winter unless you have 4WD, chains, and lots of experience driving in such conditions. There are two bridges on the way there with an axle limit of 1500kgs, and gross 2500kgs, so not suitable for campervans.

Zero cell reception, so tell someone your plans before going, take a locator beacon, plenty of supplies, and a first aid kit.

25 Jan 2021

Reviewed 8 months ago

Samsone's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Clean toilet, great trails for walking or mountain bikes. A bit out of town with winding roads. Watch out for sandflies! Bug spray is a must.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Kg_chippies's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

10-15km gravel road leads to the homestead. We parked in the car park that has the one toilet. Toilet was clean. And the place was absolutely beautiful. The drive up and down was amazing just take it easy on the road lots of winding turns. Lots of walks amd trail tracks. Great place for spending the night and taking pics.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Ronja's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

Don't try to go here if you do not have 4wd. We tried to go there with our small campervan, took 30 min to get us on 1/6 of the way. Turing there is very difficult as well. Ended up spending the night at the forest camp.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Jade's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Easy enough to find, we put the road in google maps and then it’s well signed from there on. We had no one else stay with us which is rare as every other free camp has been packed. Very scenic and beautiful. There’s a drop toilet only and no water (except the river). The camping area was more like a small gravel parking lot with the homestead properties surrounding it but was fine.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Jack's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Soft, Flat grassy areas with toilet in car park. Perfect for freedom campers and backpackers.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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