Waiau Motor Camp

Waiau Motor Camp



19 Rankers Reviews

4 Face-to-Face

18 Camping Grounds

6 Dump Station

1 Hanmer Springs



Hideaway & Unwind in North Canterburys best kept secret

Situated on State Highway 70 in the township of Waiau, we are just a 35 minute drive to Hanmer Springs Thermal Resort and only 75 minutes to Christchurch. Soak in the pools and then escape to the quiet of our piece of paradise.

Choose from one of our Deluxe Double Rooms, Family Rooms or Deluxe Twin Room (Bunk Room).

Bringing your own accommodation? Park up in one of our generous powered caravan / campervan sites or pitch a tent and settle on in.

Yes we are a PET FRIENDLY camp ground!

Waiau provides the perfect location to put your feet…


Feature Value Info


South IslandCanterburyHanmer Springs


  • Dump Station
  • Camping Grounds

Operating Season And Hours

Open 8am - 8pm (May - Sept) Winter Hours 7 days

Open 8am - 9pm (Oct - April) Summer Hours 7 days


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Don Strachan

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent little spot, very well looked after and pretty much spotless. Worth the drive away from the crowds & Inland Kaikoura Rd is a pleasure itself. One of the best of the 20 camps stayed in on this tour!

Reviewed 10 days ago

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Marinette Kegels

Ranking: 10/10

We came back after 2 years. Time to renew the review: start to say: very very nice clean motor camp!
There is a totally new sanitary block for the women. 2 perfect showers and toilets.
Men can use the other sanitary. Maybe not that posh but super clean.
Kitchen perfect!
Let’s not forget the owners: nice, helpful..... and they may be proud of this place

Reviewed 23 days ago

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Roland Hänni

Ranking: 10/10

Rating speaks for itself! Friendly, neat, tidy, clean, fair pricing,... A place to fall in love with at first sight.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Huan Quintero

Ranking: 10/10

Owners are very friendly and helpful. Unlimited hot showers, nice kitchen with every equipment like pans, cutlery, cattle etc., tv room and dining room. 1GB free WIFI per day.
Powered site for 47 dollars for 3 persons.
Highly recommended!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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John Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Very good facilety.
$16 p.p. for free hot showers. Laundry. Good kitchen. Clean shower room and wc.
1 gb free wifi.
Good spot for camping and campervans / motorhome. Beautifull road 70 en also quiet place at night.
We've a self contained motorhome and the power is included the $16.
Also good drinkwater for fill up your water tank.
Also dumpstation.
If somebody complain this campsite, the bétter get book a Hilton hotel .

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Bella on Tour

Ranking: 10/10

What a beautiful campground! Its a tiny and quite place, really worth to stay. From to campground its a short walk to a nice river, were you can walk around and fishing.
There are new Womans shower and toilets, so enough place for Men and Woman.
The kitchen and comon room is very homely and well equipped.
All facilities are very clean.

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Bhavic's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Very nice place. Big kitchen with utensils, pans etc. Decent toilets and near a stream which is a nice 30min walk. WiFi very fast (1gb per day) Owners very friendly! Definitely a good stop on the way to Hamner Springs or on the way back.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Oscar Cheyo Canas

Ranking: 6/10

Camping grounds are descent for an overnight stay amongst the trees and near the highway. Facilities are old and there are only two toilets and showers for each male and female, which makes it over crowded for the number of guest.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Waiau Motor Camp responds:

Hi and thanks for your feedback. Great news is a new shower and toilet facility is opening soon! We hope to see you again some time.