Waiau Motor Camp

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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…



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 9 months 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.

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Paul Smith's avatar

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 over 1 year ago

Waiau Motor Camp responds:

Thank you for your feedback. We're pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Our free wifi is very popular with many guests.

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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 almost 2 years ago

Waiau Motor Camp responds:

Thank you for your feedback and for coming back a second time! We hope to see you again some time.

Karen Ko's avatar

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 almost 2 years ago

Waiau Motor Camp responds:

Hi Karen and thank you for your feedback. Great that you loved it here! We love our communal space too, it is a great place to hang out and to keep the kids entertained.

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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 over 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 about 3 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

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Malcolm & Susan

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Good welcome and excellent facilities. Restful site, good break for touring but not exciting in itself. Stunning scenery on ‘back’ road to Kaikoura (70).
[2 senior Scots, 4 week trip, mainly overnight stops, self-contained, Autumn]

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

Forest's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Well maintained camping area with helpful and friendly hosts. Don will sort you out! He arranged a new tire from the local garage on new years day.
Facilities are clean and well equipped.
On a quiet road with trees to stop the wind.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago