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Hideaway & Unwind in North Canterburys best kept secret

Waiau Motor Camp in North Canterbury is a pet friendly Holiday Park with accommodation, motor-home, caravan & camping facilities (powered and unpowered sites).

Situated in the township of Waiau on the Alpine Pacific Scenic Highway 70, just a 75 minute drive from Christchurch.

Our accommodation block consists of double rooms (with double bed) and single bunk rooms (twin bunk). Each double room connects to a single room making it ideal for families. Toilet and shower facilities are available, along with coin operated washing machine and dryer.

A fully equipped communal kitchen is available for all guests, along with a large…



12 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 2.

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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 3 months ago

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Paul Smith

Ranking: 9/10

In a quiet town with friendly owners and free wifi. Communal areas are nice and welcoming. Showers in men's a bit old but a good place to stay.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Marinette Kegels

Ranking: 10/10

It was one of the best places we've stayed in NZ. Quiet, very clean showers and kitchen. Nice campground.....We stopped for one night but came back next night after visiting Hanmer Springs. Wifi is free for 200mb just enough to check your mail. We come back.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Karen Ko


Ranking: 10/10

We are a family of two adults and four kids in a motor home. We loved this place. Excellent value for a big family and such a relaxed, peaceful setting surrounded by trees. The kids thought the playground was great fun. The dining area had a very homely feel with toys for kids and DVDs to borrow free of charge. Kitchen has all you need to cook - plates / cutlery etc. Fantastic place - we spent the day at Hanmer Springs hot spa & then drove 30 minutes to stay here the night before driving on to Kaikoura. We might come back this way too!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Dante Q

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Very clean rooms, free wifi, wonderful and neat facilities and all around great value! This place is run by a genuinely friendly couple (Brent & Kara). The communal kitchen was clean and the lounge area is family friendly with toys for the kids. This is "THE PLACE TO BE" if you want to be within close proximity to the adventure destinations while avoiding the hustle and bustle to simply enjoy some zen time. Waiau motor camp is family-oriented, spacious, peaceful and close to Hanmer springs, Mt. Lyford ski resort and some of the best adventure and nature destinations New Zealand has to offer. Thank you Brent and Kara for everything and for being such amazing hosts! We will see you both again soon. :) D&MQ

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Yvonne Fogaryu

Ranking: 8/10

Delightful little place to stay, the owners and their dog were very friendly and helpful. It was quiet and peaceful in a sleepy town. Very clean, the showers were the best so far on our trip.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Waiau Motor Camp responds:

Thank you for your review.and hope you have a continuing enjoyable trip
It is our aim to provide friendly clean pet friendly accommodation for our guests