Maitai Valley Motor Camp

Maitai Valley Motor Camp

Maitai Valley Motor Camp


84 Rankers Reviews

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Welcome to the Maitai Valley Motor Camp!

Located just minutes from the city centre, we offer affordable camping in a bush-like setting with a variety of activities to suit your taste. Take a walk along the river, go mountain biking on the many trails in the surrounding hills, or take a dip in the nearby swimming hole.

For only $10 per person (non-powered), you can use our kitchen/toilets while camping under the stars amongst the beautiful native trees. Nature at its best.

So come, relax, and enjoy all that the Maitai has to offer!


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Maitai Valley Motor Camp

Commercial organisation


South IslandNelson RegionNelson


  • Camping Grounds
  • Dump Station

Operating Season And Hours

Office Hours:
Mon-Sat: 9-10AM, 3:30-9 PM
Sunday: 10-11 AM, 3:30-9 PM


Showing 13 reviews of 80.

Jo Reynolds's avatar

Jo Reynolds

Ranking: 10/10

Truely idilic place, set in a beautiful valley by the river with swim holes. Hosts Carol and George are welcoming and helpful. Easy access for our fifth wheeler, great set up. Very relaxing and quiet, kids and dog live the walks. Highly recommend *****

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Chris + dog

Ranking: 8/10

Absolutely gorgeous and it does what it says on the tin. Good old Kiwi campground not brand-new but clean tidy everything you need nothing that you don’t. Gorgeous surroundings absolutely peaceful loved it thank you

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Mel & Kerry 's avatar

Mel & Kerry

Ranking: 8/10

We stayed here for just 1 night. Lovely setting amongst bush & theres a river & walking tracks. There are permanents living there that make the place look a little untidy but if you're at the other end of the camp it's quite nice. Owners were very helpful and friendly. The facilities were quite outdated but showers & toilets were immaculate. I would definitely stay again.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Lach's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Awesome place so cheap for how close it is to nelson with not flash but perfectly nice facilities and nothing was a problem for them all the workers and owners where very friendly

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Jay's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic campsite worth a lot more than $10 per person in comparison to others we've stayed. Its huge and has very good facilities. It was full of mountain bikers creating a very cool chilled vibe. If we had more time we would have stayed a few more nights. No mobile coverage but that was actually nice to just detach and enjoy the surroundings but they do offer wifi if you can't live without it for one night

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Jo's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice place with plenty of room. Toilets and showers ($2) clean and tidy. Lots of permanent residents in their own area. Dogs welcomed.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Annie.T's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Where to start. . .
Carol and George have been soo kind and friendly to us. When we first arrived Carol was a warming welcome, we had previous problems freedom camping in the city centre with loud music in the early hours and it was a breath of fresh air staying at the camp grounds. We first met George walking around the grounds and he has been nothing but a friendly face and a great laugh. The kitchen area was always clean and tidy and so were the showers, there is the internet room to charge your devices for free also. We did get a bit confused on where to park but they are both friendly enough to be ask twice. Don't get put off by the cheap price, the owners are just very kind and helpful to campers. There are a few simple rules but as along as you cooperate all is fine. What was ment to be only a few nights ended up with over 2 weeks and counting. Thank you both for your great hospitality.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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John Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Very good campsite.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Maitai Valley Motor Camp responds:

We are happy you enjoyed our campsite, thank you for staying with us, we hope the rest of your travels were wonderful experiences while in New Zealand and overseas. Safe travel.

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Andy Bond's avatar

Andy Bond

Ranking: 10/10

We have used this site a few times now and this trip we have used the site in early December when it was very quiet and then 2nd Dec when very busy.

Staff are great at the site with security wandering around during busy periods.

Cheap laundry.

Powered and none powered sites available.

Some full time residents on site.

For mountain bikers there are a variety of routes available from easy gravel tracks to black runs.

Stream close by which seemed popular.

Much as we stay away from big sites this one was very open friendly and no noise.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Jakob Simons's avatar

Jakob Simons


Ranking: 8/10

Campsite near the Maitai River, loads of sandflies therefor. No cellphone reception on the whole campground (spark), WiFi for 5 NZD. Facilities were superclean and the very big place was quite nice under some large trees.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Pete's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Great location close to town. No free WiFi

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

sally m's avatar

sally m


Ranking: 1/10

Powered site $32
Dump site +$5
Wifi 1GB +$5

Parking so far from amenities. $2 for 6min hot shower. Too many rules. Not feel welcomed. Owner (curly hair guy) was so unfriendly. Not reccomeded.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

Cefa's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

This was our introduction to campervaning and motor camps, and we have to say it was a brilliant introduction. The hosts were super friendly and helpful. The facility,s were great. We only stayed one night, but would have happily stayed longer, and hopefully will stay there again. Price was very reasonable.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

Maitai Valley Motor Camp responds:

Thankyou for your feedback, my staff appreciate your great feedback.