There is plenty to do in the Waimakariri District, from strolling along the beaches of beautiful Pegasus Bay, hiking in the hills or exploring the river parks and walkways of the Waimakariri and Ashley/Rakahuri Rivers. The coastal communities and beaches are only a short drive north of Christchurch, and make a great camping destination for locals and visitors alike.
You can generally freedom camp throughout the Waimakariri District on gravelled or sealed Council land set aside for parking. Look out for the prohibited zones at Waikuku Beach. Take a look at the Camping in the Waimakariri District Brochure.
Freedom Camper Responsibilities
Waimakariri is committed to sustainability and asks all visitors to help protect our beautiful natural environment. Freedom campers are asked to assist by:
- removing all rubbish, solid or liquid waste from the camping site when leaving
- disposing of rubbish, recycling and waste at approved sites
- using appropriate toileting facilities
- ensuring that all pets are appropriately controlled
- abiding by all Council bylaws including barbecue use, camp fires, noise and animal control.
Holiday Parks & Motor Camps
There are four holiday parks/motor camps sited on council land within the District. They are leased and run as private businesses.
Ashley Gorge Holiday Park
Kairaki Beach Motor Camp
Woodend Beach Holiday Park
Other Holidays Parks & Motor Camps
|Rangiora Leigh Holiday Park|
433 Dixons Road, Loburn
Phone: 03 312 8872
|Pineacres Holiday Park|
740 Main North Road, Kaiapoi
Phone: 03 327 5022, freephone: 0800 896 543
|Rangiora Holiday Park|
337 Lehmans Road, Rangiora
Phone: 03 313 5759
|Riverlands Holiday Park|
45 Doubledays Road, Clarkville
Phone: 03 327 5511
|DOC Wooded Gully Camping Ground|
Mt Thomas Forest, Hayland Road, Okuku
Phone: 03 313 0820