Day Use Areas in South Island

Ohingaroa Bay (SC Only 4 Spots)

Karaka Point Historic Reserve

Waikawa Bay

Beaver Station

Amberley Beach

Chamberlain Park

The Store

SH1 Roadside Stop

Waipapa Bay Roadside Stop

Okiwi Bay Picnic Area

Peketa Roadside Stop

Otumatu Rock Wildlife Reserve

Oaro Roadside Stop

Hundalee Roadside Stop 2

Hundalee Roadside Stop 1

Ferniehurst Roadside Stop

Domett Roadside Stop

Rakaia River Roadside Stop

Rakaia Park

Ashburton Roadside Stop

Bell Tower

Geraldine Domain

Omarama Roadside Stop

Fairlie Domain

Opuha Dam

Bendrose Creek Roadside Stop

Merton Rest Area

Millers Bay Reserve

Hampden Beach Reserve

Pumpkin Bay

Benmore Dam Boat Ramp and Observation Point

Kurow Park

Pigeon Flat Roadside Stop

Allanton Roadside Stop

Dumbarton Roadside Stop

Ettrick Roadside Stop

Roxburgh Park and War Memorial

Manuka Gorge Scenic Reserve

Lawrence Roadside Stop

Millers Flat Rest Stop

Gold Miners Memorial

Alexandra Rotary Waterfront Park

Champagne Boat Ramp

Jacksons Rest Stop

Goldfields Monument

Roaring Meg Recreational Reserve

Lake Front

Wilson Bay Reserve

Boat Launch

Lake Wanaka

Cardrona Roadside Stop

Historic Site

Lake Wanaka

Makarora Roadside Stop

Young Valley Access

Davis Flat

Knights Point Lookout

Londonderry Rock

Prossers Bush Walk

Sunset Point

Richard Seddon Historic Site

Barrytown Roadside Stop 4

Barrytown Roadside Stop 1

Barrytown Roadside Stop 2

Barrytown Roadside Stop 3

Walking Tracks

Coghlans Lookout

Victoria Square

Inangahua Roadside Stop 1

Inangahua Roadside Stop 2

Shenandoah Roadside Stop

Lower Buller Roadside Stop 1

Lower Buller Roadside Stop 2

Longford Roadside Stop 2

Gowanbridge Roadside Stop

Clark Valley Recreational Area

Charleston Roadside Stop

Longford Roadside Stop 1

Thorp Bush

Motueka Roadside Stop

Kina Beach Picnic Area

Aranui Road Park

Small Pullover Bay

Whenuanui Bay Roadside Stop

Graham Stream Picnic Area

Collins Valley Picnic Area

Kanuka Picnic Area

Havelock Roadside Stop 1

Havelock Roadside Stop 2

Momorangi Bay Roadside Stop

Picton Foreshore

Lawrence Rest Area - Clutha Gold Trail

Queens Reach Campsite

Hokitika Beach

Governors Bay Scenic Reserve

Te Anau Downs

Hansen Park

The Allendale Reserve Car Park

Public Shelter - Governors Bush Walk

Maramoana Picnic Area

Church of the Good Shepherd

Harbour Parking

Teviotdale Rest Area

Collins Memorial Reserve (12 Spots)

Lake Wakatipu Day Use Area

South Bay Recreation Reserve

Holt Park

Lake Hayes- SC designated area only

Rawhiti Cave Car Park

Half Moon Bay Roadside Stop

Special Playground

Lindis Pass - Omarama Road

Lighthouse Road

Richmond Mall

Totara Flat Picnic Area

Jetty Bay Picnic Area Lake Mapourika

Lake Lyndon

Estuary Walk

Snack and Coffee Park With A View

McCrackens Rest

Docherty Creek (Franz Josef) - Overnight Campervan

New Brighton Beach Car Park

Opihi River Rest Area

City Parking Area

Petrified Forest (go @ Low Tide)

Te Waikoropupu Springs Walk

Lake Rotoiti

Charleston Recreational Reserve

Irimahuwhero Viewpoint

Franz Josef Glacier Car Park

Allan's Beach Access

Pohara Boat Club

Ligar Bay Picnic Area

Tata Beach (DAY USE AREA)

Day Car Park

Jacks Bay/Otemakura

Car Park

Surf Spot

Rob Roy Glacier Car Park

Roys Peak Track Car Park

Flag Peak

Roadside Stop

Lakeside Drive Boat Ramp

Haast River Roadside Stop

Riverside Recreation Area

Bruce Bay Beach

Rum Curries Hut Day Use Area

Tomatea Point Reserve

Double Bay (SC Only 6 Spots)

Kapitea Reservoir

Botanic Gardens Car Park

Branford Park

Mananui Bush Walk and Beach Access

Hope Saddle Lookout

Red Bridge

Truman Track and Beach Access

Windsport Park (DAY USE AREA)

The Key - Southside

Free BBQ Fawkner Scenic Reserve

Whataroa Valley Recreation Area

Pororari River Track

Wharariki Beach

Oparara Arch Car Park

Wainui Car Park (DOC)

Rest Area, No Toilets

Clark Valley Recreation Area

Lake Gunn Day Use

Bisley Walk Park Tahunanui Beach Playground

NapeNape (Seal Watching)

Leith Day Use Area

Le Bons Bay

Rest Area

Rest Area

Tapawera Roadside Stop

Harbor Parking -10 places 4 Hours Only

A and P Park

Warren Park

Access to River with Beach

Old Homestead Picnic Area

Observation Rock

Corsair Bay Reserve

Surat Bay Scenic Reserve

Powerhouse Road Freedom Spot

Shag Point (Seals)

Cardrona Rest Area

Long Beach Recreation Reserve

Cosy Nook

Dale Street Park

Lake Hauroko

Glenorchy Campsite

Rugby Field

Devils Punchbowl Car Park

Ralph Ham Park

Park in Gore

Tasman Glacier Shelter & Carpark

Waimakariri Bridge

Thompson Park

Parking Lot on Haast Beach

Manorburn Dam (Lower)

South Bay Beach

Whataroa Domain

Brown River Reserve

Portage - Lovely Day Spot

Carluke Scenic Reserve

Springfield Rest

Roberts Park

Waihola Reserve

Cable Bay and Toilet

Greyneys Shelter

Car Park Milford Sound - Paid

Tunnicliff Reserve

Duncan Bay Jetty

Memorial Picnic Ground

Kaihoka Lakes

St Annes Lagoon Reserve

Picton Marina Car Park

Fenian Caves Car Park

Bendemeer Bay Reserve

Kaikoura Peninsula Seal Colony & Walkway

Karamea River

Talbot Forest Scenic Reserve

Rotherham Freedom Camping

Rutherford Railway Reserve

Seafield Park

Spencer Park

Gemstone Beach

Rest Stop at Jimmy Armers Beach - NO OVERNIGHT

Muddy Creek Car Park (S.C.)

Cannibal Bay/Orakiutuhia

Tengawai River Rest Area

Wainui Day Use Area Only

Parking All Day 5$ | SC Overnight Free

Balfour Reserve

Lighthouse Road Picnic Area Holcim Car Park

Farewell Spit and Puponga Farm Park

Tonga Quarry Camp (Day Visit Only)

Windsurf Carpark

Catlins Lake Picnic Area (SC Only)

Waikuku Beach

Waianakarua Road

Grassland on left DAY USE AREA

Nice View (Overnight Stay Possible)

Moonlight 1865 Roadside Stop

Parking All Day 4$

Lake Hawea Roadside (SC)

View of Tititea/ Mt Aspiring

Cromwell Picnic Area

Lake Howden Hut (Former Location)

Tautuku Bay (No Camping!)

Waterfall Car Park

Cheap Parking


New Brighton Pier

Free Parking

Brown River Reserve

Scenic Picnic Area

CLOSED - Meiklejohns Bay

Hamilton Drive Area

Parapara Beach Day Use Area

Free Parking On Street #2

Governors Bay Scenic Reserve

Centre of New Zealand Park

Abel Tasman Car Park

North Beach / Point Elizabeth

Car Park Rue Brittan - NO OVERNIGHT

Day Area - No Overnight

Pegasus Lake

Ngakuta Bay Recreation Reserve

Beach Parking

Rest Area

Rest Area

Boat Harbour Playground (Toilets and BBQ)

Free Parking Close To Centre

Addington Park

Cheap Parking #2

Kingston Recreation Reserve - NO OVERNIGHT

Glacier Burn Car Park (SC Only)

Frankton Recreation Reserve - BBQ and Water

Eely Point Reserve

Bower Park

Porpoise Bay - Hector Dolphins Area

Day Stop

Mikonui River

Sheepskin Creek

Roadside Stop by the Bridge

Karamea Beach Access

Devils Staircase Roadside Beach Stop

Kingston Road Picnic Area

Brunner Mine - Tyneside Car Park

Tawhai Picnic Area

Boulder Bank Reserve

Glenduan Reserve

Balclutha Rest Area

Sandspit Scenic Reserve

90° Parking place

Elephant Hill Picnic Area

Little Stony Creek (SC)

Oreti Beach

Stopping Bay

Roadside Stop

Picnic Area

Ward Domain

Dixon Park

Clutha River

Viewpoint - Whole City

Victory Square Picnic Area

Twizel Picnic and River Swim

Gravel Area and River Access

Mount Stuart Recreation Reserve

Robin Hood Bay Picnic Area

Lake Wanaka Picnic and BBQ Area

Frasers Beach

Awarua Park

Weka Flat Picnic Area

Te Onepoto/Taylors Mistake

Non-official Overnighter Golden Bay

Picnic Area

Park with Sheltered Picnic Tables

Karamea Estuary Walk

Picnic Area, Free BBQ, Toilets

Surf Club Car Park

Pohara Beach End

Blenheim Railway Station Carpark

Picnic Point

Picnic Area

Appleby Reserve

Parkstreet Walkway

Pollard Park and Waterlea Gardens

Kaitereri Picnic

Stilwell Bay Picnic Area

Peak Viewpoint

Near from i-Site

Public Domain Tinwald PDS

Kairaki Beach

Skate Park Rest Area

Kaiapoi River Rest Area

Annie's Park (DAY USE AREA)

Lions Day Use

Back Beach Walking Track

Lake Ruataniwha Area

Bydder Reserve (Golden Bay beach access)

Free 4P Parking (NO OVERNIGHT)

Golden Sand Beach

Moeraki Centenary Park

Day Spot

Rest Area

Mt Lyford

Free Parking On Street #1

Butlers Green

Waiau River - NO OVERNIGHT

Russell Square

Waikari Day Use Area

South Coast Board Riders

Free Parking 90 mins

Shag Point Picnic Area

Free Parking 3 hours

Parking All Day 7$

Parking All Day

Free Parking 2 hours

Tai Tapu Picnic Area

Wairau Affray Rest Area

Taylor River Reserve

Caravan Parking Lot South of Bridge

Doctor's Point Beach and Arches (SC Only)

Neale Park

Bottle Lake Forest Park - Car Park

Jacks Pass Track Car Park

Kelvin Heights Lakeside Area

Rest Area and Lake Viewpoint

Victoria Park - NO OVERNIGHT

Stadium 2000 - Swimming

Matanaka Beach Access

Roadside Stop

Paturau Beach

Roto Kohatu Reserve (7pm-7am)

Colac Bay

Roadside Stop

Roadside Stop


BBQ On The Lake

Marlow Park Playground

Tata Beach - DAY USE AREA

Patons Rock Reserve

Rest Area

Leeston Playground and Toilets

Free Unlimited Parking (not anymore)

Sea Lions - Allan's Beach

Lots of Small Picnic Areas

Mac Donald Picnic Area

Outram Park

Strath Taeri Community Centre


Picnic Area, Bannacush

Woodside Reserve

Free Car Park 5pm-8am

Akaroa Heritage Park

Mataitai Reserve Car Park

Free Parking

Lake Pukaki

Riverton Playground

North Hagley Park

Margaret Mahy Family Playground

Rocky Point Shelter

Rockburn Shelter

Rest Stop

Next to The Bridge

Colquhouns Beach

Lake Hawea Esplanade Reserve

Pigroot Creek Roadside Rest Area

Parking - Also for CamperVans - Max. 10h

Queens Gardens

Queenstown Gardens

Joyce Reserve Picnic Area

Mt Shrimpton Car Park

Free Parking 2 hours

Athol District Memorial Hall

Arthur Strang Reserve

Oamaru Public Gardens

Horseshoe Bay

New Brighton Pier


Free Gravel Boat Ramp

Ferry Road Water Sports Pond

Seaward Bush Reserve

Waimakariri River

Freedom Camping on the Beach


Free BBQ and Toilets

Green Parking

View Point and Picnic Area

Picnic Area

Kaiteriteri Beach

Rest Area Next To Lake


Milnthorpe Park

Rotary Park

Inland Track Car Park


Takaka River - Cliff Diving (check water depth)

Ashburton Rest Area

Picnic Area


Matukituki River

Woodend Beach

Pegasus Beach and Car Park (NO OVERNIGHT)

Heathcote Domain

Taieri Beach

Free Parking

Picnic Area

Free Parking

Free Parking 2 hours

Seats Made from Trees & a Fire

Lucy Creek

Ivon Wilson Scenic Reserve


Parking 4h free

Roadside Stop

Waipapa Point Car Park

Council Car Park 7 Dollar Per Day, SC Overnight

Picnic Area

Ashburton Domain

Gravel Car Park - Camping prohibited

Homestead Bay

Picnic Area by Lake

White Gates Reserve

Temple Basin Car Park

Mapua Day Area

Ohau Lake Jetty Parking Area

Library Nearby

Ackers Point

Burnside Park

Long Point/Irihuka

Benmore Track Car Park

Kumara Reservoir

Mt White Bridge

Lake Pukaki Viewpoint

Free parking at public garden

Serpentine Beach - Gather Jade (Greenstone)

Garden of Tane


Apple Tree Bay

Blue Cliff Beach

Golden Downs Lodge

Hawea Community Park

Twizel River Fishing Spot

Aviemore Roadside Stop

Te Karoro Karoro Reserve and BBQ

Glenorchy Wharf

Otepatotu Scenic Reserve

Sandymount Car Park

Canoe Cove Walk Car Park

KRAIS Beach with toilet

Medlands Beach

Bayfield Park

Twin Bridges Reserve

Oparara Estuary

Rocky Knoll Track Picnic


Boulder Beach - Closed 1Dec To 28Feb-PenguinBreed

Dipton Picnic Area

Lake Hawea Sunset

Aorere River Bridge Road Reserve

Shallow Bay Camping Info - Trek from here

Ocean View

Matakitaki River Swimming Area

Moturata Island Recreational Reserve

South Hagley Park Public BBQ

Riverton Rock Beach

Fox River Rest Area

Motutapu River Picnic Area

Harington Point Reserve

Aramoana Spit

Leslie Hills Bridge

Pinchgut Track Shelter


Public Toilet (Community Hall)

Latham Park Reserve

Beware Sign turn off for beach

Riverside Buller River Day Use Area

Montgomery Park Scenic Reserve

Mapua Wharf

Queens Park

Swimming Day Use Area

Takahanga Domain (ocean, picnic table, bin)

Fairlie Park

Dunedin Botanic Garden

Rest Area

Lake Hayes Recreation Area

Haast River Bridge

Lake Coleridge

Lions Park

Tunnel Beach Car Park (Day Use Only)

Alfred Stream Reserve

Boyd Creek Track (Car Park)

Washbourn Garden

Haast Beach, No More Freedom Camping

Lake Tekapo Peaks Road (Day Use)

Karoro Beach Access (Nice Sunset)

Chrystalls Beach

Mossburn Roadside Rest Stop

Fishing Point Freedom Camping (SC Only)

Playground Area of Pollard Park & Waterlea Gardens

Gore Bay

Washington Way Skate Park

Naish Park

Frankton Arm

Te Wanahu Flat

Lake Brunner Picnic Area

East Takaka Scenic Reserve

Victoria Park

Lake Wakatipu Lookout Freedom Camping

Taramakau Valley Car Park

Spot for a picnic next to Lake Ruataniwha

Kaihoka Beach

Hakahaka Bay

Kaituna Quarry


Leithfield Beach

Parking All Day Free

Parking $16/Day (No Camping)

Thomas Brunner Memorial

Rifle Range Car Park

Harley Park - Playground - Pump Track

Geraldine Domain

Clarence Valley Road Car Park - Mt Isobel Track

Founders Park

Free Parking Along The Road Christchurch

Tapawera Day Use Area

Waitaki River Picnic Place

Day use area

Dart River Beach (S.C.)

Old School Reserve

Free Parking 2 hours

Little Kaiteriteri Beach

Head of Bay Picnic Area

Tom Canes Bay

Otatara Scenic Reserve

Inangahua Swingbridge Picnic Area

Wanaka Station Park


Mount Haast Route Car Park

Omarama Playground

Waiau Village Green

Broad Park

Severn / Acheron Shelter and Info Board

Pig Trough Picnic Area

Jellie Park

Sunday Hole (Swimming, Playground, Picnic)

Wanaka Marina

Mararoa River Picnic Area (Day Use Only)

Awa Awa Rata Reserve (SC Only)

Anakiwa Village Green (SC 6 Spots)

Monaco Reserve

St Albans Park

Omaui Reserve

Bob's Bay

Pear Tree Flat

Lake Murray

Acheron River Bridge Picnic Spot

Blenheim Park

Goat Bay Picnic Area

Kurow Island

Caroline Bay Beach

Aorere Goldfields Track Car Park

Wilburg Walk

Parapara Picnic Area

Lake Hayes Pavillion Reserve

Parking Free (Unsecured) For Stewart Island

Ocean Beach Access and Picnic Area

McLeans Forest

Liffey Domain

Tikao Bay

Lakefront Picnic Tables

Bromley Park / Playground / Toilets

Bruce Bay North Beach

Tauranga Bay

Te Anau Domain

Parking and Picnic Tables

Centennial Park

Mountain Bike Park

Coronet Peak Ski Fields

Kurow Public Parking

Rose Creek Picnic Area (Muddy Road)

Brunner Mine - Taylorville Car Park

Beach Road Freedom Camping (SC Only)

Lake Janet

Purau Bay

Skip Stone Bay

Awesome View over Lake Rotoroa

Mountain Road DOC Car Park - Silver Peaks Track

Edmond Baigent Memorial Domain

Whangarae Bay Esplanade

Lake Pukaki - Hayman Road 4

Cranmer Square

Lake Hawea Freedom Camping (SC Only)

Rapahoe Roadside Stop

Kaikoura Lookout Car Park

Willows Water Hole

Kaihoka Lakes Walk

Esplanade Fire Station (6 SC Spots)

Free Parking 2 hours

Okiwi Bay Beach

Mistletoe Bay Reserve Parking Spot

Marine Parade

Middleton Park (SC Only)

Whare Creek Rest Area

Luca's Beach

Crown Range Road Junction

Lake Hawea Day Use Area

Scarborough Park

Wairau River

Manapouri River

Johns Creek

The Key Rest Area

Burwood Park

Morven Beach

Clyde Dam Lookout

Roadside Stop

Rakahuri Trail Day Use Area

Waimakariri River Park - Kaiapoi Island

The Groynes Regional Park

Rotary Park Lookout (SC Only)

Amberley Domain

Halswell Quarry Park (7pm-8am)

Victoria Park (7pm-8am)

Barnett Park

Scott Park

Ferrymead Park (9pm-8am)

Charlesworth Reserve

South New Brighton Park

Nga Puna Wai Park

Styx Mill Reserve Dog Park (7pm-7am)

The Groynes

Thomsons Track Car Park

Bexley Park

Kendall Park

Kaiapoi Lakes Reserve

Gladstone Park

Kowai River Reserve (SC Only)

Blue Pools Car Park

Victoria Bridge Rest Area

Manse Bridge

Sir Basil Arthur Park

Cave Village Green

Sheeds Reserve

Owaka Heads Picnic Area (SC Only Oct-Mar)

Penzance Picnic Area

Aramoana Domain

Papatowai Playground

French Farm Bay

Free Parking All Day (Inc. Large Vehicles)

Cashmere Playground

Ward Beach

Waitapu Bridge

Tunnel Beach

Frankton Beach

Miyazu Japanese Gardens

Rees River Bridge (S.C.)

McLean Park

Ross Recreation Reserve

Temuka Domain

Hillside Rest Area

Lake Lyndon

Bushy Beach

Richmond Hill Forest Park

Sandy Point Domain

Jubilee Park (SC Only)

Broad Park (Playground)

Edgar MacIntosh Park

Beverley Park

Coquille Bay

Whitestone Bridge Fish & Game

Upper Clutha River Picnic And Swim

Lake Gunn Lunch Spot

Picnic Area

Picnic Area

Rotary Club Shotover River East Car Park

Surf Spot

Owaka Lions Club Playground

Tunnel Beach Car Park (Day Use Only)

Leithfield Beach Access


Don't Go There

Shower And Beach

Santana Knitwear (Car Park)

Picnic Tables Next To River

Beach Hokitika


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