Akaroa Chines

Camping Info for Akaroa & the Bays

Camping in Akaroa and Banks Peninsula
Love our place as much as we do, and be responsible campers.

Self-contained campervans: freedom camping
Camping in a tent, or a vehicle without certified on-board facilities
There are plenty of beautiful camping spots around Akaroa and Banks Peninsula for you to enjoy.
To protect our environment we have rules whether you are staying in a tent or campervan.

Self-contained campervans: freedom camping
You can stay in your certified self-contained campervan anywhere in the Banks Peninsula area except for some prohibited areas.

Akaroa Freedom Camping area
This is the only area in the Akaroa township where freedom camping is allowed.
Certified self-contained campervans can stay for up to two nights in any 30 day period.
This is a popular location, and there are 18 parking spaces all fitted with sensors so that you can check the availability on the Campermate app. 

Only one vehicle is allowed per marked parking space and all camping activities must be kept within the parking space. We keep an eye on this area every day.

Camping in a tent, or a vehicle without certified on-board facilities
You need to stay at a campground where there are facilities you can use.
Freedom camping in a tent or in a vehicle without certified on-board facilities is not permitted anywhere in Akaroa or Banks Peninsula.

There are plenty of beautiful campgrounds nearby:
Akaroa Top 10 Holiday Park  03 304 7471
Duvauchelle Holiday Park  03 304 5777
Little River Campground and  03 325 1014       Manaia Native habitat 
Okains Bay Camping Ground  03 304 8789 05  
Onuku Farm Hostel  03 304 7066 06  
Orton Bradley Park  03 329 4730 07  
Pigeon Bay Camping Ground  027 523 4723 08  
Wainui Park Camping  03 304 8460

See the map or go online to find out where to stay HERE. 

Download the Campermate App for up-to-date information on camping and freedom camping in New Zealand. 

Toilets

You can use free public toilets located here:       

  • Britomart Reserve – By main wharf       
  • Place de la Poste – Next to the War Memorial 
  • Recreation Ground – on Rue Brittan. 
     

Rubbish and recycling
You can use the rubbish and recycling bins located here:

Recreation Ground (by the toilets) – on Rue Brittan 
Barrys Bay Transfer Station

Dump stations: waste water
You need to empty the waste water from your campervan at a designated dump station.
The following campgrounds all have dump stations available:

  • Akaroa Top 10 Holiday Park
  • Duvauchelle Holiday Park
  • Okains Bay Camping Ground. 
     

Narrow, steep and unsealed roads
Some of the roads in Akaroa and Banks Peninsula are narrow, steep and unsealed with limited places to turn around. For everyone’s safety we advise that you don’t travel on roads marked ‘Not suitable for campervans’ or ‘4WD drive only’ unless you are in a suitable vehicle.  To plan your journey, check the road conditions and get more information, visit: HERE.
 

Barbecues, outdoor cooking and fires
Be fire safe. Always do a safety check before you light  any type of outdoor fire or barbeque.
If you start a fire,  or see one that is out of control, call 111 from a safe distance away.

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Camping in Akaroa and Banks Peninsula
Love our place as much as we do, and be responsible campers.

Self-contained campervans: freedom camping
Camping in a tent, or a vehicle without certified on-board facilities
There are plenty of beautiful camping spots around Akaroa and Banks Peninsula for you to enjoy.
To protect our environment we have rules whether you are staying in a tent or campervan.

Self-contained campervans: freedom camping
You can stay in your certified self-contained campervan anywhere in the Banks Peninsula area except for some prohibited areas.

Akaroa Freedom Camping area
This is the only area in the Akaroa township where freedom camping is allowed.
Certified self-contained campervans can stay for up to two nights in any 30 day period.
This is a popular location, and there are 18 parking spaces all fitted with sensors so that you can check the availability on the Campermate app. 

Only one vehicle is allowed per marked parking space and all camping activities must be kept within the parking space. We keep an eye on this area every day.

Camping in a tent, or a vehicle without certified on-board facilities
You need to stay at a campground where there are facilities you can use.
Freedom camping in a tent or in a vehicle without certified on-board facilities is not permitted anywhere in Akaroa or Banks Peninsula.

There are plenty of beautiful campgrounds nearby:
Akaroa Top 10 Holiday Park  03 304 7471
Duvauchelle Holiday Park  03 304 5777
Little River Campground and  03 325 1014       Manaia Native habitat 
Okains Bay Camping Ground  03 304 8789 05  
Onuku Farm Hostel  03 304 7066 06  
Orton Bradley Park  03 329 4730 07  
Pigeon Bay Camping Ground  027 523 4723 08  
Wainui Park Camping  03 304 8460

See the map or go online to find out where to stay HERE. 

Download the Campermate App for up-to-date information on camping and freedom camping in New Zealand. 

Toilets

You can use free public toilets located here:       

  • Britomart Reserve – By main wharf       
  • Place de la Poste – Next to the War Memorial 
  • Recreation Ground – on Rue Brittan. 
     

Rubbish and recycling
You can use the rubbish and recycling bins located here:

Recreation Ground (by the toilets) – on Rue Brittan 
Barrys Bay Transfer Station

Dump stations: waste water
You need to empty the waste water from your campervan at a designated dump station.
The following campgrounds all have dump stations available:

  • Akaroa Top 10 Holiday Park
  • Duvauchelle Holiday Park
  • Okains Bay Camping Ground. 
     

Narrow, steep and unsealed roads
Some of the roads in Akaroa and Banks Peninsula are narrow, steep and unsealed with limited places to turn around. For everyone’s safety we advise that you don’t travel on roads marked ‘Not suitable for campervans’ or ‘4WD drive only’ unless you are in a suitable vehicle.  To plan your journey, check the road conditions and get more information, visit: HERE.
 

Barbecues, outdoor cooking and fires
Be fire safe. Always do a safety check before you light  any type of outdoor fire or barbeque.
If you start a fire,  or see one that is out of control, call 111 from a safe distance away.