Freedom camping

There are two Department of Conservation camping areas near Reefton, Slab Hut Creek located 10km south of Reefton on SH7 (towards Greymouth) and Marble Hill located 6.5km East of Springs Junction. Please see the Department of Conservation website for prices. Both of these areas have toilets, BBQ area, picnic table, tap water and rubbish bins - there are no power sites or booking system (just first come first served).

Please note if you are freedom camping you can only camp or park overnight in an area with toilets or if your campervan has full toilet facilities you may not camp within 1km of another camping ground. For more information on Freedom camping in our area and throughout New Zealand please see

There is a good range of accommodation around Reefton and in the surrounding goldfields.

For more information on town campgrounds and accommodation visit
For more information on DOC campgrounds/lodges and back country huts visit

Slab Hut Campground

This is an easily accessible spot to park up the camper van, pitch the tent and relax among the trees.  Slab Hut campsite is close to Reefton and  is a great base for ticking off the Quartzopolis Expeditions.  Visit the DOC website for details on cost and facilities.

  • Easy (suitable for all ages)
  • 10min drive from Reefton
  • Walking & Tramping, Gold Panning/Sluicing, Picnic 

Freedom camping bylaw

Council has adopted the Buller District Council Freedom Camping Bylaw 2011 which will come into force on 2 May 2011.

Under the Bylaw freedom camping is allowed in Buller for self contained vehicles certified against NZS5465:2001, for up to three days per calendar month in any single location, provided you do not camp:

  • within 500 metres of a registered camping ground
  • at any of the prohibited areas listed in Schedule A of the Bylaw
  • at any area where “No Camping” signs are displayed

Copies of the Bylaw can be viewed at Council offices in Westport and Reefton...

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