The Waimakariri District is just 20 minutes drive north of Christchurch International Airport.
Freedom camping is defined as overnight parking in areas that are in the vicinity of roads and are easily accessed by cars/campervans. It is not intended to apply to the “back country” experience.
We ask that you comply with the following rules which apply to all forms of camping whether in tents, cars, campervans, boats or buses.
1. Respect our environment. Leave the site clear of all rubbish, waste and damage.
2. Act responsibly, and respect the access and enjoyment rights of other public space users.
3. Have immediate access to, or on-board, three day capacity toilet, wastewater collection and rubbish disposal facilities. Toilet and greywater must be disposed of in an approved campervan dump station (list below).
4. Use designated public spaces, camping areas (e.g. Department of Conservation sites) or commercial premises as available. Check with the local Kaiapoi i-SITE Visitor Centre, local Council website or other camping guides if unsure of freedom camping sites in the area. Appreciate that some environmentally or culturally sensitive, and built-up, areas will not permit any form of freedom camping.
5. Understand that freedom camping is a temporary activity, generally considered to be two days unless otherwise informed.
Freedon camping sites currently available in the Waimakariri district:
Cust Domain, Mill Road, Cust
Kaiapoi Club car park, Raven Quay, Kaiapoi
Roadside dump stations are provided at three locations:
Ashley Gorge Holiday Park
697 Ashley Gorge Road, Oxford
12 Williams Street, Kaiapoi
433 Dixons Road, Rangiora
1 Domain Terrace, Waikuku Beach
14 Woodend Beach Road
You can still recycle while you are on holiday. Pick up you’re “On the Road” recycling bags and drop off list from the Kaiapoi i-SITE Visitor Centre.
It is also free to drop off recycling (newspapers, magazines, food and drink cans, plastic bottles, cardboard and paper) at the Waimakariri District Council’s Transfer Stations
Rubbish can also be disposed of at the Transfer Stations for a small charge.
Southbrook Transfer Station
284 Flaxton Road in Southbrook, Rangiora
Monday to Saturday: 8.30am to 4.30pm. Sunday: 12.30pm to 4.30pm
Oxford Transfer Station
46 High Street, Oxford
Friday: 12.30pm to 4.30pm and Sunday: 12 noon to 4.30 pm
Payment by cash only (no Eftpos available on site)
The Oxford and Southbrook transfer stations are closed on the following public holidays: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day.
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