At the top of the West Coast, and not far from Farewell Spit, is this ecofriendly
camp set amongst rural farmland. There are eight sites with power around the
landscaped grounds, plus plenty of tent sites. A nice main building houses a
large kitchen with gas hobs and other facilities, plus a spacious dining area with
a large polished wooden slab table as it's focal point. There is also a pool table
in this area as well as an outside covered deck with sofas and chairs, and a view
to the surrounding countryside. Unisex ablutions have large coin-operated
gas heated showers ($2 for 5 minutes) and an equally large disability suite.
The laundry has auto machines and there is a children’s playground. Take a 20
minute walk to Wharariki Beach, which is famous for its sunsets, and you may
be lucky enough to see seals, and seal pups basking and swimming here too. A
gorgeous tree enclosed café is on the edge of the camp, and numerous walks
are close by. Stock up at Collingwood on the way as there are no shops here.
A site will cost you $18 per person, and if you want power it is an extra $5.
Pakawau Beach Park Camp is located a 35 minute drive from Takaka, these beachside sites are protected from the onshore wind by borders of shrubs and trees without blocking the gorgeous view. There are more sites in the hedge bordered avenues back from the beach as well, with the odd BBQ table scattered around. The kitchen has a gas hob, microwave, fridges and a freezer, while the dining area is housed in a separate room with BBQ picnic tables. The well used ablutions are roomy and clean, with spacious cubicles for the showers and a disability suite is available.
The laundry has automatic washers and dryer, all token operated. A children’s play area is close to the main amenities block and there is a boat ramp for campers to use, but a 4WD is required. Across the road is a licensed café restaurant with a garden bar and you can use the tennis court situated there. The Gateway to Westhaven Inlet is a magical place to go fishing, bird watching, or a walk to the Kaihoka lakes. It is only a 10 to15 minute drive to the Farewell Spit, Puponga Farm Park walks and the stunning Wharariki Beach.
Accommodation: Beachfront. Self contained units, Onsite caravan, Power sites
Half way between Motueka and Mapua is this gorgeous spot on the edge of Kina Beach, just out of Tasman. A small camp is nestled amongst trees, each spot is spacious in its own little posse, and has a small gas barbecue and outdoor furniture on each site. The toilets and showers are clean and tidy one having disability access, and the modern kitchen has all amenities, while the laundry has automatic washers and a dryer. Kayak on the Kina Inlet, visit the wineries or arts and craft shops. Five power or tent sites are available from $40 for two (summer). Weekly and winter rates available.Self contained units, sleeps 2-8 people. Fully equipped kitchens, Freeview TV, electric blanket and heating. Cot and high chair and breakfast available. From $100 for two people. On-site caravan, sleeps 2-6 people. Fully equipped including linen. Kitchen facilities, communal toilet/shower laundry, barbecues, outdoor furniture. From $65 for two. (Rates apply for summer) Your hosts are Jennifer, Chris and Amanda Lockwood.
This beautiful campground welcomes you from the moment you arrive. From the friendly face at the counter, along the drive through the well set out grounds, right to the peaceful camp spots. It's hard to believe you are only 800m from the town centre! The camping sites are on hard stands, with a grass area and picnic tables beside each. Shaded by beautiful mature trees, all you can hear are the birds and breeze rustling in the trees, this is camping at its best. The dining area, TV room and kitchen are excellent with all amenities and internet station, or sit outside under the veranda on one of the comfy couches and just soak in the calm atmosphere. Clean and attractive modern ablutions have a disability access and family suite, and the laundry is kept to a high standard. Free gas fired BBQs, a swimming pool and a children's playground (including toys) are available. What this Qualmark 4 star plus camp offers is the chance to enjoy a rural lifestyle experience. Watch the sheep being hand shorn and the dogs at work, guests can also help feed the farm animals each morning and night. Many activities outside of camp too, with the riverside walkway close by, mountain bikes for hire, gold pans and fishing rods. There is a booking agency for local attractions and it_s an ideal base for fishermen. Your friendly hosts are Lynn and Brent Winter. Tent sites are $36 for two, while power sites are $38 for two, or $25 for one.
Nelson Lakes National Park (established in 1956) is situated in the north of New Zealand's South Island. This park protects 102,000 hectares of the northern most Southern Alps. The park offers tranquil beech forest, craggy mountains, clear streams and lakes both big and small.
A jewel of a campground recently opened on the outskirts of Nelson and with outlooks to the Richmond Ranges. Mature trees and beautifully manicured gardens have large spots with hard stands, water and power to each. BBQ tables are provided and plenty of grass areas to spread out. Brand new buildings house the spotless ablutions and a fully equipped kitchen, disability suites also. The communal laundry has everything you need and there is free wifi available. Currently under construction is an outside enclosed gazebo that will house a TV and lounge area, complete with dining seating and BBQs. Lots to do in the area, close to Richmond DBD and cycle trails. Your hosts at the newest holiday park in Nelson are Linda and Rod, a site will cost you from $34 for two.
A picturesque 25 minute drive from Nelson, and 2hrs from Picton, turn off at the Cable Bay road at Hira and travel 8km further on a sealed road. This camp with stunning bay views is on the historic cable station site where the first telegraph link came from Sydney in 1876. Large mature native trees surround this camp, and an extra well-sheltered, tenting area over the creek includes a tenting oasis, and in the creek are tame eels. The ablutions are modern and spotless and include disability facilities, while the kitchen has gas hobs, microwaves, fridges and a BBQ under the front covered veranda. At the rear of the building is a laundry with auto washer and dryer. There is safe swimming at the beach, great kayaking, the Cable Bay walkway, a boat ramp (4WD only) and a safety trampoline for the children. Wifi is available and camping with dogs is by request, please book first. The whole area is steeped in history, so talk to your friendly hosts Josephine and Nigel whose family have been here since 1920.
There are five flat tent sites nestled high on the ridge surrounded by bush and
birdsong. Laze around in one of the hammocks, take a bush walk, or use the
free wifi. The communal area is spotless and includes a pretty outdoor BBQ
area, while the kitchen is fully equipped with cooking and eating utensils and
filtered spring water. Other facilities include a coin operated washing machine.
and dryer, and information and booking desk available for the Abel Tasman
National Park activities, including kayaking and water taxis. Your hosts are Al
and Cath. Unpowered sites only, from $20 per person per night.
This lovely little camp spot in the heart of the Collingwood township, boasts beautiful views to the estuary and nicely landscaped sites. Four powered sites, all with estuary views, are provided on flat ground, with a pleasant outdoor BBQ area under shady trees. All the modern and spotlessly clean amenities you could possibly need - a small kitchen, all-in-one shower and toilet units, one with disabled access, as well as free wifi and a commercial grade laundry. You can hire bikes and tandems here for a look around the surrounding area, or chuck a fishing line in from your camp spot. Pets are welcome but by arrangement only, and your hosts are the friendly Ann and Alan Blackie. A site will cost you $35 for two, NZMCA discounts available.
This camping ground closed in April 2023 so you will need to look elsewhere for Accomodation.
A lovely camp with beautifully manicured grounds, this camp is the closest to
town but in a quiet area. With 27 large power sites and 10 smaller sites, the
permanents are based at the front on hard surface, while lovely landscaped
grass and rapidly growing trees are provided for casuals at the back. The allin-one
toilet and shower units are plentiful, well-kept, and spotlessly clean, one
building houses a disability suite. There is a separate kitchen, dining and laundry
at the rear end of the camp that provides all that you need. The kitchen has
cook tops and a fridge, and the outside covered dining area leads on to a nice
shaded area with BBQs as well as a herb garden. There is internet access and
pets are allowed, but not during the main holiday times please. Your hosts are
Karl and Marina. Sites are $15 to $20 per person, seasonal rates apply.