Rakaia River Holiday Park

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Rachel

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely place, friendly owners, clean facilities, hot showers with good pressure. Thanks 😀

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Liam

Ranking: 10/10

During the difficult times of the COVID lockdown, Sandy and Glenn have looked after us so well! They even gave us a bottle of wine and some ice creams for our ten year wedding anniversary! Great people and a beautiful location by the river with all the facilities you need.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Couple travelling

Ranking: 9/10

Very Nice spot and friendly welcome.
Free WiFi everything clean and a heater in the shower 😃

Yes you can hear the road a bit but it is not As loud As described by others

Reviewed 9 months ago

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JT

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 over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2019

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Bron

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 over 1 year ago

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Lance

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 almost 2 years ago

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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 2 years 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!!!

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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 2 years ago

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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 2 years ago

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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 2 years ago

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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 3 years ago

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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 3 years ago

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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 3 years ago

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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 3 years ago

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Cinterella

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 4 years ago

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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 4 years ago

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Sara Dimnik

Slovenia

Ranking: 9/10

This was our first camp we stopped at. We arrived really late but the man at the reception was really nice. The sites are clean, private and spacious. Toilets were OK, I loved the little heater in the shower since it was really cold that night. The kitchen was small but sufficient. Overall a great experience.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Lay Tyng Chan

Ranking: 9/10

Spent our night here before heading to Christchurch, good value. Clean and well equipped kitchen, pots and (fresh) herbs provided for free, high hedge provides privacy, parked our vehicle in the woods waking up to birds chirping, clean toilet, free hot shower, good water pressure, hair dyer provided with no charge, free wifi available in the cafe next door.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Lucy Young

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely warm welcome at reception. We turned up and were given the choice of anywhere in the camp site. Toilets and showers are lovely and clean and the showers even have their own heaters so you're not left cold and wet after getting out of a lovely hot shower! They have a pool which I can't comment on as we never used it. Overall lovely friendly site to stay. :-)

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Viki Ziemba

Ranking: 9/10

Arrived in the dark, owners were very helpful and kind, walked us to our site. Site was right by washrooms which wasn't an issue for us. Kitchen and washroom very tidy and 2m hedges around our site offers a lot of privacy. Quiet park to stay at this time of year and would visit again if visiting Christchurch!

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Averil Brown

United Kingdom

Ranking: 4/10

Our last camp night and very disappointing. Powered sites in very bad position, hosts seem to think location to toilets is what you want, not views!
Nice newish hosts, very friendly but need to attend to a few things. Seem to have a lot of long term caravans there.
Toilets and showers very clean and fresh, although swimming pool was really dirty and covered in dead flies.

Walk to river marked on map but after you go through woods No further signs , need to sort that out. Went passed gorgeous camp area in woods with powered sites , but we were told there was only the area we were sent to , rather strange?

Felt a bit tired and needing some TLC

Reviewed over 5 years ago

Rakaia River Holiday Park responds:

We were very disappointed to receive this review. We have worked long hours, and really hard, to maintain a high standard here, and with so many positive comments and reviews we thought we were succeeding . As new owners we "are attending to a few things" but these can only be done as time, budgeting and weather conditions allow. The camp itself is more than 60 years old, so the powered sites are where they have been all that time, individually hedged and private. Some things we can't change. The swimming pool is filtered every night, and vacuumed every morning. By the end of the day of course there is always some "stuff" in the water, but covered in dead flies. ??????? If we are not working to capacity with our powered site our guests are always given an option as to where they want to go, perhaps this was misunderstood. In a whole year this is the first time we have learned of people being unable to find their way to the river. We are sorry if your experience wasn't what you expected.

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Kodie Howarth

Ranking: 9/10

Glenn & Sandy are the new managers and this is one of the nicer places we have stayed on our trip. Amenities are very clean. The communal kitchen has everything (Even a TV!). There is a recreation room to play pool, do a puzzle or play a board game, there is a pool, a MASSIVE playground that even is adults had fun playing on and a giant chess board. My only problem was that the sun was pelting down on us playing chess therefore a shade would have been amazing.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Chris

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Friendly hosts, spacious grounds with amenities close by and clean and tidy.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Andrew Magill

Ireland

Ranking: 9/10

Great campsites, plenty of space.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Ara Moore-Tuwhangai

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Good customer service, we stayed 1 night and arrived very late at night.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Kayla Smith

New Zealand

Ranking: 2/10

The unit was ok. We stayed three nights and had to buy our own toilet paper. The oven was a mess with food still in it. Toilet wasn't clean and we were really disappointed with the service of the new managers :(

Reviewed over 6 years ago

Rakaia River Holiday Park responds:

We have gone through our bookings and can find anyone by that name. We only had one motel booked out for three nights around that time. This client left the unit in such a mess we were unable to re let it for 24 hours while the carpet was drying. One of the group came back that afternoon to collect some property they had left and we mentioned the state of the unit. We assume this comment prompted this poor review.
If they had run out of toilet paper why not ask for some more. Our office is right next door to the units and is open a lot longer than the local shops.
We would be very disappointed if there was food left in the oven. It is part of the cleaners’ job to check this area. Again why would you not mention things to us at the time so we can rectify them? The toilet would have been clean as we check the cleaning after the cleaners have finished.
We are just new to the industry and we feel we go out of our way to be very helpful and friendly.

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florent

Belgium

Ranking: 7/10

Nice campsite close to the river. Landed there a couple of days before a fishing competition so we camped amongst a fishers community. Freindly staff basic facilities but ok

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Aaron Gallagher

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Handy to the river.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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John Treasure

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

stopped here on our way to Christchurch to drop off our campervan the next day. Really convenient as you can check in at 1pm so we sorted out the van all day. Really friendly staff, clean facilities and mini golf to play for free!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Mette, Bo, Viktor & Olivia Seligmann

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

We stopped here becourse it was convenient on our way to Lake Tekapo. It's a bit campsite, but not very busy in the beginning of April. Facilities are old but clean. Our children enjoyed the big playground. After a long day of driving it was nice to walk down to the river. Nice to see people fishing there. Also the water was fantastic iceblue.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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JandJ Shafer

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Our first NZ Campground after picking up our Campervan "Spaceship" in Christchurch. A Clean Well ordered park with friendly staff and nice facilities. Hospitable to 2 wandering Americans trying to camp the kiwi way. Easy stroll down to the river and into town.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Lyn H

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We originally only intended staying one night before moving on but we changed our plans to spend a second one here. We couldn't fault any part of our stay, from the excellent reception we received from Robyn to the sparkling clean and very well equipped facilities. The park like grounds are great with plenty of room for everyone. There is a variety of accommodation options too. Our only regret was not being able to stay longer.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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pquensell

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Spent 4 days with my family here recently, had a family motel unit and was well worth what we paid for. Very clean, private, heaps to do with the kids, loved the walks in the forest to the river, friendly staff, pet friendly ,,,crikey ticks all the boxes. I know for a fact that we will be back on our next holidays.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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feuerrca

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Robyn, the park host, was extremely friendly and helpul. We were provided with spotlessly clean and well equipped accomodation and Robyn also put us in touch with Ray Watts, a fantastic local fishing guide.

Rob & Carol

Reviewed over 8 years ago

Rakaia River Holiday Park responds:

Thanks guys- it was lovely having you with us- Check out our facebook page to see the beautiful fish you caught with Ray.

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Jason Ritenour

Vanuatu

Ranking: 7/10

Wonderfully heated kitchen/dining area with dishes available. Grounds were nice with privacy hedges between some spots.

Staff was professionally helpful but not as friendly as most places we stayed. Overpriced for a piece of grass on which to pitch a tent ($38 for two adults one night). Toilets/showers unheated and not well enclosed was not pleasant in early spring.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

Rakaia River Holiday Park responds:

Thank you for your comments- please note that we pride ourselves on our friendly welcome and service and are disappointed you didn't 'feel the love' Our site price in September was $31.00 and is now $33.00. Although our shower/toilet block is elderly and not heated- it is always sparkling clean.

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bailey82

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

My family and I stayed in the 'easi-camp' tent. Fabulous set up. Everything you need for camping right down to the dishwashing liquid. Just bring the sleeping bags for the kids and your own food. The site is a powered site - so a small fridge is situated in the tent. All cooking utensils and crockery provided. Loads for the kids to do. Opposite the playground. We enjoyed our friendly, clean accommodating stay. Sam the dog was a hit with the kids too!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago