Rakaia River Holiday Park



34 Rankers Reviews

3 Face-to-Face

98 Camping Grounds

107 Dump Station

9 Ashburton



New Years Eve Games.
Park Motel lounge area.
Our collection box for Breast Cancer Research Fundraising.


Glenn and Sandy welcome you to Rakaia River Holiday Park, located beside the Rakaia River, one of the best salmon fishing rivers in New Zealand.


100% New Zealand Owned & Operated

We are sure to have something to fit your requirements and budget with our range of accommodation facilities that include - Park Motels, Fisherman's Cottage, Backpacker Cabins and Powered & Tent Sites. You will enjoy our sheltered powered sites and tent sites set amongst the trees.

You will find us only 40 minutes drive South of Christchurch, 20 minutes to Ashburton and 35 minutes to the Mt Hutt Ski area. In only 30 minutes you can drive to 5 beautiful and challenging golf courses. There are also a number of interesting nature walks in the area.

If its fishing you are after - there are salmon and trout in the river and Kawhai, cod and other sea fishing only 20 minutes drive away. Our central location is an ideal base from which to explore the wonderful and varied Ashburton District, and our friendly relaxed environment assures you of a restful holiday in our sheltered riverside location.

Learn more…


Feature Value Info


South IslandCanterburyAshburton


  • Dump Station
  • Camping Grounds




  • Thumb

    Park Motels - Family Units

    When your family wants all of the comforts of home, our parks motels are the ideal choice.

    Base Rate (2 persons) $135/day
    Extra adult $25/day
    Extra child $10/day
  • Thumb

    Park Motels - Ensuite Units

    Our ensuite units look over the park like grounds and are a comfortable choice for a couple or single.

    Base Rate (2 persons) $125/day
    Extra adult $25/day
    Extra child $10/day
  • Thumb

    Fisherman's Cottage

    If you want affordability and space - our elderly fisherman's cottage is like a little house.

    Base Rate (2 persons) $90/day
    Extra adult $20/day
    Extra child $10/day
  • Thumb

    Backpacker Cabins

    These little cabins have either a queen bed or one set of bunks. They are affordable accommodation when you are on a budget.

    Extra Adult $20/day
    Base Rate (2 Adults) $40/day
    Extra Child $10/day
  • Thumb

    Powered Sites

    Why not come camping or caravanning with us? We have 77 powered sites to choose from. Our powered sites are very sheltered and most of them are separated by 2m hedges. You will have water to the majority of sites.

    Base Rate (1 Adult) $25/day
    Base Rate (2 Adults) $42/day
    Extra Adult $16/day
    Extra Child $8/day
  • Thumb

    Tent Sites

    Why not come camping or caravanning with us?

    Base Rate (1 Adult) $25/day
    Base Rate (2 Adults) $42/day
    Extra adult $16/day
    Extra child $8/day

Rankers Deals

  • Anytime Deal

    Save 10% holidaying next to the mighty Rakaia

    Rakaia River Holiday Park

    Glenn and Sandy welcome you to Rakaia River Holiday Park, located beside the Rakaia River, one of the best salmon fishing rivers in New Zealand.

  • Save money at campgrounds and holiday parks. Great discounts at NZ’s best activity companies. One pass gives you access to over 200 awesome travel deals.


Showing 13 reviews of 33.

JT's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

well equiped and modern kitchen and bathroom. lot of fun at the pool.
unpowered site for 2p one Night 42$ - very expensive

Reviewed 7 months ago and experienced in January 2019

Bron's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Excellent friendly service both on phone and in person, good little cabin for the night, and all facilities close by. Pool was a welcome surprise after a 26 degree day, and the ablutions block was clean and modern. Felt very comfortable here, would def dtay again.

Reviewed 8 months ago

Top Ranked NZ Deals Pass

Access savings worth hundreds of $$ on Top Ranked NZ Accommodation and Activities for just $1 per day.

Get deals pass

Lance's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Was a nice campsite with powered sites separated by bushes for a bit of privacy for a change. The kids play area was old but I loved taking the kids on some old fashioned play equipment that I grew up with

Reviewed 12 months ago

Jo & Bree's avatar

Jo & Bree

Ranking: 10/10

A superb park which offers lots of facilities that other parks in New Zealand doesn't offer in the parks we stayed in.
The chilled games room offers a TV, library, games, music and a fab snooker table in which I beat my daughter at 3 games, haha, a music centre and quiet reading.
There's a crazy golf onsight, a swimming pool (which was closed obviously, too cold) , walks to the river, laundry facilities (including rotary dryers and pegs).
The toilets and showers were very clean and before taking a shower we were able to put the heater on so we weren't cold when coming out.
There are bins & recycling bins.
A BRILLIANT kitchen and seating area and we were so so pleased that we were able to leave our unopened foods, toiletries etc for other guests to use. NO other park offered this. Such a good idea. Rakaia Park was our last night in our camper.
I would definitely recommend Rakaia Park

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Rakaia River Holiday Park responds:

Great to read your wonderful review and so glad you enjoyed your stay here. We hope to see you again one day!!!

Rakaia River Holiday Park is open for business… Visit Website …now's your chance to take a closer look.

Maureen Barlow's avatar

Maureen Barlow

Ranking: 7/10

Nice little country park, bush settings for sites some with hedge dividers. Able to just go and chose our own site. Camp kitchen very clean and adequately stocked .
Lounge area a bit tired looking and smelled damp, but we did use it.
Nice wooded camping areas to back of park where walks are to the river.
Toilets and showered dated but this doesn't matter as they were clean and tidy. Dump point very accessible and staff very helpful and welcoming
$40 per powered site for 2 people reasonable.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Rakaia Visitor's avatar

Rakaia Visitor

Ranking: 1/10

I was not impressed by the professionalism of the managers. I had been forewarned about this place however we visited regardless and it turns out it was a mistake. One of the managers was overheard being extremely rude to another visitor, which is pretty disgraceful.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Avoid Camping Fines!

Each camping location is approved by a regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Anke Fronius's avatar

Anke Fronius

Ranking: 8/10

Nice set up, very clean, billiard table, pool, mini golf, you can get some fishing lures in the office for a reasonable price. Friendly staff, Santa came on his quad in Xmas day. Paid 60NZD for a basic double cabin.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Denise Hall's avatar

Denise Hall

Ranking: 9/10

Brilliant site $40 for 2 adults on a powered site, excellent facilities hot free showers with a heater in each cubicle, laundry washing lines swimming pool and really nice children's play area.
WiFi the the best so far $5 for 1GB. We would stay longer if it wasn't pouring with rain.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Camping NZ App Icon

Camping NZ App

Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

Download from the App Store Download Android app on Google Play

Russell Carlson's avatar

Russell Carlson

Ranking: 10/10

I have no idea why anyone would mention noise in this holiday park. I had to listen hard to hear the train and the highway noise was minimal. It was very quiet. Lots of trees and good facilities. This park works for me.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

P Poiraa's avatar

P Poiraa

Ranking: 8/10

Good place for our van after arrival on Christchurch Airport. Nice place in the woods, good facilities. Bit noisy from the road. Free shower.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Rakaia River Holiday Park is open for business… Visit Website …now's your chance to take a closer look.

Camping WithKids's avatar

Camping WithKids

New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

GOOD: Tidy site, with clean facilities. Nice shaded sites if you want them. Good play facilities for kids, two play areas (one for little ones, one for bigger kids), badminton/volleyball net set-up in grassed area.

BAD: Quite a bit of road and rail noise from the main road, continuing through the night. Despite the good play facilities for kids, the site is not really suitable for small children because the boundary between the site and the main road (State Highway 1) is not fenced (a moments inattention could be disastrous). Also, there seems to be a lot of quad-bikes resident at this site, travelling to a from the river for fishing, also not great for little ones.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Cinterella's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Playground for kids, mini golf, clean pool and 12 min walk to the river. Putting on activities for families each day of this new year period . Tent sites are mainly in under the trees, furthest but still short walk from amenities. Only down side is the noise from the railway and the main road- very noisy when going to sleep but once you're asleep not a bother unless you're a light sleeper.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Marnie Edwards's avatar

Marnie Edwards

Ranking: 3/10

Nice tidy place to stay but had lots of road noise, almost 1.5km through unmarked walking tracks to river. Local pubs friendly but food mainly frozen then deep fried.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago