• Briars Gully
• Te Te Akatarawa
• Waitangi (East and West)
• Fishermens Bend
Travel over either the Benmore or the Aviemore Dams to these campsites.
Lakeside camping with flush toilets, running cold water and rubbish collection.
Some have effluent disposal and boat ramps. There is an honesty box and
supervisors. $15 per site per night, $280 for season - mid September-early
May. Boat Ramp charge (season ticket holders exempt).
This camp is currently closed for winter. Reopens Labour Weekend 2022.
Travel south through Herbert for 3km then turn west onto Breakneck Road. Only 1km further and you will find Herbert Forest Camping Ground a basic but beautiful camp on 52 acres. The grounds are well groomed and the many camp sites are on two levels amongst lovely stately trees. Just 25 power sites but easy to find your own secluded spot. The facilities are basic but clean and tidy with new showers and toilets, washing machine and a cosy kitchen/dining with hotplates and fridge. A rose garden has been planted in the front of these facilities. Scattered around the spacious grounds are wood braziers. Plenty to do here - in peace and quiet you can listen to the birds, kayak on the river which has safe swimming for the children or take one of the many walking tracks. A dump station is available. Your friendly hosts are Mark & Kim Potter.
ADULT (non-powered site) $12.50 each
ADULT (powered site) $15.00 each
CHILD (5 -15 years) $7.50 each
CHILD (2 - 4 years) $5.00 each
A peaceful and serene wooded camp ground, with large established trees and
over 30 acres to choose a campsite. The river runs alongside the campsite,
where you can pitch your tent right beside the water and fish for trout. Once
a scout camp, there is great children’s playground come obstacle course,
swimming holes in the river, and a large area for you to set up your tent
or park your van. The campers’ kitchen has electric hobs, hot water, fridges,
microwave and dining area. Ablutions are reminiscent of its prior use with
concrete block buildings, but bright new shower curtains and paint liven things
up and everything is clean and tidy. Owners say a new amenities block is on
the cards in 2016. There is a basic laundry, and a spa and sauna are available
for hire, as well as a dump station. The campground is also dog friendly and
your friendly hosts are Janine and Warren. Non-powered sites are $13 per
person, powered are $15.
Located in the Chaslands, this is the geographical centre of the pristine Catlins Coastal Rainforest Park. Travelling on the recently sealed and upgraded Southern Scenic Route (SH92), visitors will find this camp on the McLean Falls Road. Don't miss the Catlins Cathedral Caves only 400 metres away, viewings are two hours either side of low tide. The kitchen is equipped with most cooking and eating utensils and the roomy ablutions are excellent. There is a lounge with a TV and you really must try The Whistling Frog Caf_ and Bar, it is not to be missed as most of the food served here is home grown and raised. You may like to visit the glow-worms, McLaren Falls at the end of the road, or one of the other many activities in the area. This is luxury camping, where pets are welcome and you are given free wifi. Your friendly hosts are Paul and Lynn. Unpowered sites are $45 for two adults and for powered sites $50 for two adults. An extra adult costs $15. Discounts available.
A beautiful beach camp in a natural setting, with native trees, colourful buildings,
and many song birds. A five minute walk takes you to the residence of the
sea lions who are at home all year round. The camp has sparkling amenities
that include a combined kitchen, dining and lounge area. The appliances are
all modern, full size stoves, a TV and wifi is available. The modern laundry,
clean showers and toilets are all wheelchair friendly and beautifully colour
coordinated. A trampoline is available for the children. Your hosts are Jude
and Bren, who will provide prices on enquiry.
The sheltered campsites are in the grounds of the old hospital which has been converted into a lodge, and all facilities are in this complex. A large kitchen has all equipment including a full oven and everything you need to cook or eat with, while the ablutions are spotless and modern with disability access. In the large lounge is a TV, piano, a free pool table and comfy seating, it opens to a sunroom where you can relax and enjoy the southern sunshine. Jan and Craig are your very friendly hosts, who told me they are a pet friendly establishment, but no giraffes or hippos please. Tent sites $16 per adult, 6 to 16 years $8, under 6 years free. Power site, s18 per person.
For a golden holiday, or as a base to travel the Vanished World Trail, you can't go far wrong with this beautiful woodland camp. Snuggled into a valley under the surrounding hills, the camp is set out on two tiers. On the lower level are some gorgeous riverside sites, and the grounds are well groomed and neatly edged with pine trees. Children are well catered for here, with basketball hoop, playground, and a flying fox, as well as a river swing; inside there is table tennis or indoor hockey. The kitchen is well equipped, with an adjacent dining hall, and the toilet and shower facilities are all modern and clean, with huge shower cubicles. A carpeted and comfy TV room will be welcome on wet days; however when it is fine there is a choice of two swimming holes. An alternative is gold panning (almost at your tent site) or fly fishing, tramping, mountain biking or fossil hunting. Dogs are allowed with prior permission only, and your hosts are Scott and Margie Brown and family. Power sites $19 per person, tent sites $17 per person, including free use of laundry equipment, children $10.
Laid out in a horseshoe are over 60 sites, this complex Is bordered with trees
and manicured to perfection. Most campervan parking Is on gravel stands,
and there are sites for tents below the trees. Across the bridge is a the lovely
public garden with children’s play area next door. Dual spotless amenities have
been recently upgraded and provide two kitchens with full stoves, plus hob
cooking and microwave. There is also a new covered BBQ area with outdoor
fire. Internet kiosk and wifi are both available, as is a dump station. The toilet
facilities include a full disability suite and are spotless and modern, while the
automatic laundry equipment is plentiful. The playground comes with an
enclosed trampoline and a kangaroo jumper. Full booking services to see the
blue and yellow penguins are offered, as are free tours. From December to
March you can enjoy the live story of Oamaru's history. Your hosts are Shayne
and Tracey. Unpowered sites from $16 per person, powered sites from $20
per person, and $10 for children.
Hidden behind the trees, this spacious well-kept campground has sheltered grounds with new tree plantings and large sites. A relaxed friendly camping ground with sheltered spacious sites, just a stone_s throw away from the Kakanui River and walking distance to swimming spots and the beach, this family orientated camping ground takes you back to the old kiwi style _ camping the way it used to be. The ablutions are old but clean, unisex and disability friendly ($2 per shower), a basic laundry is available with auto machines. The kitchen area is a bit dated but has gas hobs, fridge/freezer and a TV, while outside is a covered BBQ area. The nearby pedestrian track provides easy access to the riverside and local store/ bottle store. Heading west you will find the river mouth for a spot of swimming or fishing with a children_s playground. The local surf spot is just a ten minute walk, great for both surfing and safe beach swimming for children. Your dog is welcome at any time, there is wifi and a dump station is available. Your friendly hosts are Allan and Chris Jones. $13 for the first adult and $10 for an extra adult, children under 12 years $5, additional $7 per site for power.
Formerly known as the Hampden Beach Camp Ground.
In the settlement of Hampden, just south of Moeraki, is this beach and river
side camping ground. There are plenty of sites to choose from, and in the
busy season additional sites across the road are opened. The grounds are
pleasant with some shady trees with a fully equipped kitchen that features
visitor comments as wallpaper. Wireless internet and TV are available in the newly built lounge area, and a trampoline, outdoor games, bikes and kayak hire will keep the children busy. Nearby is a small children’s playground, tennis court and a skate park, this is great for family camping holidays. An ablution block with toilets and showers and a separate toilet block are provided, a large disability suite is available, and small children are not neglected here with a highchair and a child’s hub. There is a laundry with automatic equipment and everything has been recently painted and is clean and tidy. Free pick up from the bus stop at Hampden, and you might like to try the famous fish and chips at Hampden. Your hosts are Alex and Mel.