The Selwyn District has plenty of places to camp from Lake Ellesmere to Arthur’s Pass. With designated freedom camping areas and commercial camping grounds with full facilities, the Selwyn District is a perfect overnight location to camp for your first or last night before flying out of Christchurch airport. The Camping Guide is the perfect handbag accessory with all the information you need to know about camping experiences in Selwyn.

Be responsible with your waste wherever you camp. Carry out EVERYTHING that you carry in. Leave no trace.

Outdoor Fires: Gas barbeques are the only types of fires permitted in Council or Department of Conservation reserves. Other type of res are not allowed. Restrictions on outdoors fires are usually in place during summer in Selwyn. Please check the district’s re status by visiting Anyone breaching fire restrictions may be liable for substantial fines covering fire fighting or damage costs.

For more information on camping codes and laws please visit the Department of Conservation website –

Freedom camping etiquette
All independent overnight and Freedom Campers must behave in an acceptable manner while camping in Selwyn
This includes:

  • Checking where you can park or camp
  • Not camping on private land
  • Leaving your campsite(s) in a clean and tidy state
  • Limiting stays at any one site to a maximum of 2 nights in any calendar month
  • Disposing of all toilet and waste water at a Council approved dump stations
  • Disposing of all other refuse in approved bags and at approved locations
  • Following safe re practices at all times, including adhering to re bans
  • Keeping dogs under control where they are allowed

View Freedom Camping Areas

Featured Camping areas

Other camping areas

Andrews Shelter Campsite

Tel: +64 3 318 9211

Mount White Road, Arthur’s Pass National Park


Avalanche Creek Shelter Campsite

Tel: +64 3 318 9211

SH 73 in Arthur’s Pass Village


Greyneys Shelter Campsite

Tel: +64 3 318 9211

SH 73, 6km south of Arthur’s Pass Village


Hawdon Shelter Campsite

Tel: +64 3 318 9211

Mount White Road, 24km south of Arthur’s Pass Village


Klondyke Corner Campsite

Tel: +64 3 318 9211

SH 73, 8km south of Arthur’s Pass Village


Craigieburn Shelter

Tel: +64 3 318 9211

Between Castle Hill Village and Lake Pearson, Craigieburn Forest Park

Lake Pearson (Moana Rua) Campsite

Tel: +64 3 318 9211

SH 73, 35 km south of Arthur’s Pass Village


Glentunnel Holiday Park

Tel: +64 3 318 2868

Homebush Road, Glentunnel


Harper River Campsite

Tel: +64 3 318 5700

Harper Village


Waihora Park Domain Camping Ground

Tel: +64 3 329 7818

136 Park Road, Motukarara


Rakaia Huts Camp Ground

Tel: +64 27 404 5557

Location: Pacific Drive, Rakaia Huts


Kowai Pass Domain Camping Ground

Domain Road, Springfield