Rakaia River Holiday Park



37 Rankers Reviews

3 Face-to-Face

37 Camping Grounds

39 Dump Station

5 Ashburton



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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.

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Showing 13 reviews of 36.

Rachel's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Liam's avatar


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

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 over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2019

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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 over 1 year ago

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 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