Fires are not permitted at any time. See the fire rules on conservation land.
47 non-powered/tent sites; 34 powered sites
This campsite has campsites and cabins. It is a serviced DOC campsite.
This campground is closed from May to mid-October each year. During this period the adjoining Clarke Flat is opened as a standard campsite.
Road access is from Tripp Settlement Road, then on to Yates Road. The
campsite is set in 80ha of native bush, on the low foothills between Yates
Road and Station Stream and opposite the Glenburn Youth Camp. There is a relatively easy forest walk of about three hours, partly along the line of an old bush tramway and passing through several quite distinct forest types. The high point gives good views out across surrounding countryside. The campsite is close to the Orari River, which has good fishing. There is usually a water supply (but not for drinking), toilets, rubbish collection, picnic tables and barbecues.
No other fires please. Dogs are not permitted. Price per adult is $6.10 for a
site with an extra $2.50 for power per site.
Self Contained Units
En-suite Units - Studios
Super Standard Cabins
In the middle of suburbia, and only a short walk to the nearby supermarket, this surprisingly spacious campground has an air of tranquillity. This is a large camp broken into small camping areas, all well supplied with large shade trees. Of the 150 sites most have power and some have waste disposal, there are also extra-large sites for the bigger vehicles. A modern purpose-built block with kitchen/dining facilities, consisting of full stoves, ceramic cooktops and a fridge/freezer. There are modern toilets and showers in this building and a paraplegic/family unit with shub and shower, underfloor heating throughout. The laundry is large with auto equipment and has been recently renovated. Plenty of additional facilities are provided in the busy season, all are immaculately presented and maintained. The children can be kept busy on the challenging playground equipment, the jumping pillow or have a go on a pedal cart. No visit to Timaru would be complete without a trip to Caroline Bay which is within walking distance. Gordon and Alison Collister are your lovely hosts and they provide free wifi as well as a Spark hotspot. Tent Sites are $39 for two, or with power $43 for two, $18 extras, $10 child.
Another lake-edge option with a choice of sites on various levels, there is no
power and fire bans are frequently in place. Lake Middleton on one side and
Lake Ohau on the other, you are spoilt for fishing choices. This reserve has at
least 20 tent sites in a pleasant, well-treed location and according to the locals
there are no sand flies. There are a couple of tables and ample rubbish bins on
hand, but the only amenities are toilets and taps. The honesty box is for your
registration. $400 for a season, overnight family tickets are $20 for two adults
and two children under 15.
Spacious standard cabin, sleeps five people, $50 for two people. Self-contained cabins, sleep 5, $99 for two people per night. Park motel, sleeps 6, $120 for two people. Enquire for prices for extra people.
Self contained units
Visit the Little Blue penguin colony 5 minutes from us!
On the southern outskirts of Timaru is this rural retreat amongst the trees. The grounds are level, with easy access to all sites, and are landscaped with nice trees and shrubs. An attractive kidney-shaped pool is in a fenced enclosure with deck chairs, just outside the fence is a playground and a springfree trampoline. The all-in-one service block is clean, bright and attractive and houses nice kitchen and dining area, a TV lounge with internet kiosk, and all the ablutions. The laundry has automatic equipment tucked into the corridor and there is a dump point available. Seventy powered sites (at $40 per night) , and 50 unpowered (at $38 per night), all with water taps. There is a wetlands bird sanctuary 20 mins walk along the beach, a peaceful country atmosphere but only a 3 minute drive to central Timaru and the world renown Caroline Bay beach.
26 powered sites
Inland from Timaru and Temuka, is this densely treed site with around 30 power
and 20 tent sites located amongst a sheltered grove of oaks and conifers. The
camp opens from Labour weekend until after Easter and is a council owned
camp, but pets are welcome. The communal kitchen has a dining area and
open fire, while basic but clean ablutions have disabled facilities and the laundry has a free automatic washer. In the public park alongside are playing fields, a
stadium, golf course and tennis courts. Tent sites are $8 per person and $5
for children, or with power $10 for adults and $5 for children. Keys can be
picked up from the Pleasant Point Dairy on the Main Road, there will be a $20
Camp on spacious grassy lawns with a border of trees in this basic domain
style campground. The three unisex showers are generously sized and toilets
are basic but clean, while the small kitchen/dining is cosy and has modern
appliances. There are two laundries with auto washing machines, and a large
common room available with TV and some seating. Gary and Roslyn have
taken over the lease of this camp and have plans for upgrades. A modest little
stopover at $14 for two people for a tent site, or $16 with power, and extra
adult is $5, children 5-16 years are $3, under five are free. Minimum charges
- 39 powered sites
- Town supply water
- Kitchen / dining hall
- Children's play equipment
- Tennis courts and swimming pool nearby
The camp is in a pretty setting with sites situated beside a meandering stream, plenty of large shady level sites with some hard stands. The smart kitchen has all facilities including induction hobs, lots of seating, and a log burner, while right next door is a carpeted TV room and library. Outside the kitchen is a gazebo with a BBQ, outdoor seating, and a herb garden for campers to enjoy. The laundry is well stocked with appliances and the ablutions are good with roomy showers, including a disability suite, extra toilets are also scattered around the grounds. A dump station, recycling bins and card phone are available, this is a pet friendly camp. Handy to town with fishing, walking and boating on your doorstep, or have a game of petanque, snakes and ladders, chess, mini golf or hire a bike. Next door, in the domain, is a good children's playground, and this is the only camp we have seen where the sandpit actually has toys available. Your friendly hosts are Mary-Jane and Dutchy. Two people can camp here from $30 to $36 on all sites.
Just off the main highway is this beautiful camp with around four acres of park like grounds, lovely gardens and shady trees. Only opened a couple of years ago so everything is bright, cheery and new. A central amenities area, all immaculately clean, houses the toilets, showers, and kitchen. There is a really nice shaded outdoor area complete with free BBQs, slab wood tables and leaners, and a trampoline. It looks like a great spot to relax with other campers. Lots of freezer space for your catch, a fully equipped kitchen, and you can even grab some herbs, the odd lettuce, tomatoes or strawberries from the vegetable garden. The large sites have easy access and free wifi, and is pets are welcome by arrangement. The Waitaki River is close by for great salmon fishing and white baiting in season, and walking distance to the Glenavy Hotel or the local store. Eftpos and credit cards are accepted and Joe and Anne Lomas will offer you a very warm and friendly welcome. There are 36 powered sites at $20 for each adult, and $30 for two, or 36 unpowered sites at $15 per person.
It's not often you can say that nearly every site has a view, but with this terraced lakeside campground you can. Set above the beautiful crystal clear Lake Tekapo, the 76 powered sites and 100 tent sites are sheltered by pine trees around the edges, shade trees between most sites, as well as water taps and picnic tables. There are two amenity blocks, both are spotlessly clean, modern, and recently upgraded. Both kitchens are large, bright, and with all the equipment you will need, while the laundries have an ample amount of automatic coin operated machines. The TV lounge is carpeted and has a cosy atmospher here. Coin operated showers are hot and plentiful, there is also a baby's bath and changing table and more amenity blocks about to be built. The outdoor seating area includes shelter under a marquee tent, large picnic tables and free BBQs, all looking out over that amazing view. Children are well catered for here with a good playground that includes a trampoline and sandpit complete with toys. Across the road there is safe swimming in the lake and a boat ramp, there is also the Tekapo Springs just down the road with its hot pools and water slides, and an ice rink (weather permitting). Tekapo Village is only a short walk down the track and has a variety of eating places. Your hosts are Andrea and Gavin Cox. Power sites $25 per adult, $12 for children and tent sites $22 per adult and $12 for children.