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A relaxed friendly camping ground with sheltered spacious sites, just a stone’s throw away from the Kakanui River and walking distance to swimming spots and the beach, this family orientated camping ground takes you back to the old kiwi style – camping th

Kakanui Camping Ground is a 10 minute drive south of Oamaru, with 30 powered and unpowered sites available, walking distance to local store, free penguin sanctuary, Campbells Bay and Kakanui River.

Our facilities include paraplegic toilet and shower, kitchen/dining area, lounge, washing machine and dryer and outside BBQ area.

• Sites available for all camping from tents, to motorhomes, buses and caravans/campervans
• Unisex toilet and shower with disabled access
• Dump station
• Kitchen/dining area – TV/lounge
• Fridge/Freezer, Microwave, Gas Hob
• Covered outdoor area with BBQ
• Laundry
• Powered sites
• Pets Welcome
• Cabin accommodation with single/double bunk beds
• Free Wi-Fi internet access
• Long term/storage options available

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Contact Details

Email: camping@kakanui.net

Website: Kakanui Camping Ground

Phone: 021 525 896

Phone (intl): +64 21 525 896

Oamaru Address:
Waianakarua Rd, Kakanui

  • Cabin

    Base Rate (2 persons) $50/day
  • Un-Powered Campsite

    Base Rate (1 person) $13/day
    Extra adult $10/day
    Extra child $7/day
  • Powered Campsite

    Base Rate (1 person) $13/day
    Powered Site Fee $7/day
    Extra adult $10/day
    Extra child $7/day
  • Kakanui Camping Ground

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Lukas Gottwald

Ranking: 2/10

Don't go there! A very creepy and untidy place! The kitchen looks totally disgusting. Free wifi though...

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Ranking: 5/10

Friendly owner. Though cabin is clean and overall pretty ok, facilities esp kitchen was pretty run down and filthy. If you are picky better avoid. Fast and unlimited free wifi though!

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New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We had a truly magical time here, with plenty of space for our large group and our dogs. The hosts were very helpful and friendly. The campground is a beautiful, well laid out area and the facilities were always extremely clean. We have decided to make this our new family camping spot, couldn't recommend highly enough.

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janice reece

New Zealand

Ranking: 2/10

We found this camping ground to be both dirty and unfriendly.The owners didn't introduce themselves . We had to seek them out in the morning and found they weren't very interested in holding a conversation with us.Still don't know their names, We intoduced ourselves but still no names. The facilities were filthy the mirror you couldn't hardly see through and the toilets were very grubby. We have stayed in many camp grounds and never found any of them in this state. The microwave hadn't been cleaned for quite some time and the dish cloth only fit for the bin,Its an absolute shame as the spot itself is awesome and we could see some work has been done but cleanliness in these camp grounds should be top priority. The only time we saw the owner smile was when we handed them the money for the nights stay. So come on get your act together as there is alternatives at the point and the other camp gound/lodge which we will be using in the future. The 2 grading is only for the location.

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David Restell

United Kingdom

Ranking: 5/10

We stayed here for 1 night on a powered site. $15pp.

+ Very friendly owner guy,
+ Toilets and showers very clean and tidy.

- Showers cost $2 for 6 minutes,
- Only 1 sink in kitchen and got feeling was a family home I'd intruded in.

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Team Kim&James


Ranking: 9/10

Very pleasant site. Friendly owners. Good, cosy kitchen area. Clean toilets. 4 minute $1 showers. $20 for a powered site.

The campsite is an open grassy area which was very water-logged when we were there - this caused a problem when trying to leave. we got stuck in the mud! But quick as a flash the owner (still in her dressing gown) came out to help push, as well as another female camper. A great example of helpful, dont-mind-getting-their-hands-dirty kiwi women! We were very impressed!

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Robert McIlraith

New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

For $20 a night for two, this campground is a very pleasant stay.

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Rebecca Johnston

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent spot - river and beach close by.

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Lukis Haertel


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful bay, uncrowded and cheap (only a few dollars).

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New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

The camping ground has a charm all of its own. My family and I have been going there since its humble beginings. The Jones's have done a remarkable job getting it to where it is today, but because of a few narrow minded people are being held back in doing more for their community.
The spirit is high amoungst regulars, the fishing trips are worth taking and the peacefulness is just great.
There always a good chat to be had round the Barbe of an evening. Aj's never short of a word

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Dyan Aitken

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

AWESOME - Overlooks they bay. Can cut up a bit rough in a southerly!

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New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Just had 10 of the most fantastic days ever at this camping ground. The hosts bend over backwards to help. Always clean and well presented. Will be staying here again. I reccomend this camp to anyone wanting a true Kiwi camping experience the way it used to be.

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Trevor Goodwin

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What fantastic hosts Alan and Chris are. Great camping ground, clean and well presented. Nothing was a problem to them, pity more camps are not like this. Cheep at double the price.

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