Maitai Valley Motor Camp



77 Rankers Reviews

46 Face-to-Face

93 Camping Grounds

97 Dump Station

31 Nelson




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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  • Dump Station
  • Camping Grounds

Operating Season And Hours

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




  • Cabins

    Looking to put a roof over your head and a bunk to sleep in after a long day on the trail?

    Base Rate (1 person) $50/day
    Base Rate (2 persons) $60/day
    Extra Adult $14/day
    Extra Child $6/day
  • Powered Sites

    Like to be in the great outdoors but still want to be able to plug in?

    Adult $16/day
    Child $6/day
  • Unpowered Sites

    Looking to power off and enjoy nature?

    Adult/Child $10/day

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John Netherlands's avatar

John Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Very good campsite.

Reviewed about 1 year 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

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 about 1 year ago

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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 1 year ago

Pete's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Great location close to town. No free WiFi

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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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 over 1 year 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 almost 2 years ago

Maitai Valley Motor Camp responds:

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

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Michael Gooch

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

We only stopped one night in our hired campervan but found this to be a lovely secluded and wooded site in a small river valley. Carol at reception was very welcoming and informative. Showers and toilets were clean and effective. Good value.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Emma Guthrie

Ranking: 5/10

Small sites and lots of rules took the shine of the lovely forest setting. Note: Bathrooms close at 10am for several hours. Pay $2 for 6minutes of shower.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Maitai Valley Motor Camp responds:

Bathroom/laundry/Kitchen in A Block closes for cleaning at 10am until 12.00 for cleaning, there other two blocks close in the afternoon for cleaning. Sorry the camp was not to your liking but the signs around the camp are for the smooth running of the camp. Our sites are all standard size.

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Jacqueline Hawker

Ranking: 10/10

We flew by the seat of our pants as part of our “Wing It South Island Roadie”. A couple with a dog, called on the afternoon of our arrival, picked this place after seeing great review on here. Absolutely lovely people, we only stayed one night but could have stayed longer for sure. The place was very clean, great toilets and kitchen. Showers were great for the $2 time limited. We walked up some in the trails was great, nice view at the top. Great to be able to take the dog.

Thanks again team
Jaxs, Jase & Jess

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Maitai Valley Motor Camp responds:

Thankyou for your kind words, it is great that campers appreciate the effort we go to to make the camp a nice affordable place for any budget travellers. We are pet friendly so your pet pooches are welcome. Due to the birdlife cats are not allowed in the camp.

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Nora Tobies

Ranking: 6/10

We came in at pouring rain and the owner got us a site pretty far away from the toilet and kitchen block so we needed to walk trough the mud although we were almost the only ones around. Kitchen was alright but cold on a winters day, because there was no heating and the doors didn't really close. But for only $28 for 2 on a powered site it was alright and you are close to Nelson and the ferry at Picton.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Maitai Valley Motor Camp responds:

All the powered sites are 1-2minutes walk to showers/laundry/kitchen.

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Merel Wesselink's avatar

Merel Wesselink

Ranking: 8/10

It was a beautiful place with lots of trees. It's a great place for families, couples or groups because there is enough space for everyone, including the facilities. The space is also quite cheap: $10 per person with a non sustainable camper or tent. We haven't used the showers, so I can't say something about that, except that is cost $2 for 6 minutes (or a free cold shower). There is wifi available for payment as well. Just arrive before 9pm as the gates close after that. We both loved the nature of this camping spot. The hostess was really nice and helpful as well. Definitely recommend this place!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Freddy Gates

Ranking: 9/10

Great camp. Older style, agreed; but clean facilities and friendly, helpful management. Really nice surrounds close to town, walks and some quality mountain biking nearby.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Tereza Kubova

Ranking: 6/10

Nice campsite and nice place, but very small kitchen for such a big camp. It was not possible make a breakfast at morning, so we had to cook next to the car and we were late with a check out. If we wanted to clean a dish after the breakfast the kitchen was closed and the owner was really unfriendly and bad to us. I tried to explain him, that we are late because the kitchen was totally full, but he didn't listen. So be careful about the time at morning.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Maitai Valley Motor Camp responds:

We have two kitchens and one is closed and cleaned at 10.00pm.The other is cleaned after lunch. My cleaners get held up if waiting on late campers and then they get behind the rest of the day. Much easier if campers use the kitchen/showers at the times they are advised on arriving. Everyone is notified when buildings close for cleaning. Sorry this did not fit your timetable, My husband is to the point and helpful to everyone. He does not get into discussion with a change of times, or change the rules when there is another option for campers to use our other buildings. We have two kitchens/sinks etc.