Canaan Downs Campsite

Canaan Downs Campsite

Canaan Downs Scenic Reserve

Reviews

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Casey

Ranking: 9/10

Was a great stay! A bit hard to get to but well worth it for Harwoods hole walk. Would give 10/10 but -1 point for getting attacked by a Weka.

Reviewed 29 days ago

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Mike Howe

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

This site is off the beaten track. The road is a bit on the rough side so the larger camper and don’t end up here. Quite nice really.

It’s also basically on top of a mountain (but tucked down a bit). So the weather can be a bit extreme.

Good space and nice walks. Enjoy! 🌞

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Chrissy

Ranking: 9/10

Basic campsite, 2 toliets but 1 was out of service while there. Clean & not smelly. Water available (boil 1st). Very few wasps around, pest control doing a great job. Great walks & mountain biking. Gravel road in not too bad, did see some large campervans come in but not a lot if passing areas if someone coming the other way. Friendly weka's (please don't feed them). Only 2 other overnight campers but was middle of the week. Watch out for the mosquitoes at night.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Dave Reynolds

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Gravel road isnt for beginners ;) its very thin and sheer drops in places. Long way to go on a difficult road for such a basic campsite, but if you are after cheap (6 bucks an adult, 4 for kids) and cheerful then this is probably the best option around the Takaka area. Campsite is very quiet and picturesque, basic toilet facilities (pretty clean though) as to be expected. Plenty of space for tents. Its not the best campsite you will see in the south island but I would take this over the holiday park alternatives any day.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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NZroadtrippers

Ranking: 10/10

It is an adventure by itself to get there, a long gravel road trough fields with sheep. We stopped to say hello to a group of alpacas that where on a field behind a gate.

Camping ground is good, toilets are clean. We took some really nice hikes in the area. There is an amazing view point!

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Geart-Jan Benedictus

Ranking: 7/10

It's an adventure to get to this campsite! It's a long (but nice) gravel road that can be pretty narrow at some points (big campervans, watch out). Just keep going until the road stops and you'll find it! It was quite busy over the weekend: some walking and mountainbike tracks start from the campsite. The walk to the hole and viewpoint is really good and gives an amazing view over the valley (but the climbing may be dangerous if you have kids).
At $6 per person it's very cheap, but drop loos are quite smelly and the many sheep and lambs might keep you awake during the night when you're there in spring like us. Still, fine campsite and happy we did the walk!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Louisa Theimann

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

From the Canaan Downs Camping Ground, you walk about half an hour to a viewpoint and is one of the best walks I have done in New Zealand so far!! It leads through native and untouched forest. Sometimes you have to climb around rocks and branches but it is fun and not that hard. At the end you are on top of a hill and can climb until the rim of a platform where you see the spectacular Abel Tasman. I felt on top of the world, it was amazing!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Alexander

France

Ranking: 8/10

11km gravel road. The trail to Harwood's Hole is great. There are many tracks for walking and mountain biking.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Max Brunner

Ranking: 9/10

There is a long gravel road to get there. The place is quiet with basic toilets and water. Some walkways start there.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Sander and Eliza Hembrarskamp

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

The way there is quite tricky since its a very narrow one-lane gravel road with sometimes BIG rocks. Keep driving until you cannot go further. Free (in July 2014) as people kept stealing the fees from the box. You'll notice as there are no camping forms available. Very cold during winter, our water bottles froze from inside the car. Great and proper hikes available starting from the campsite. Definitely worth the visit!! Vault toilets and water tap from creeks.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Camille Gagnant

France

Ranking: 10/10

Very great location, all the facilities in a green way (donation $5 per person).

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Greg Fischer

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Not over priced (Doc) Nice and secluded-toilets.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Anne Schneider

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

The best place ever, it was so nice, we have decided to get married there.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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celie Mcquair

France

Ranking: 8/10

A place lost in nature, peaceful! However lack of facilities and running out of water.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Frederic Birke

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Just a lovely campsite right in the middle of the Abel Tasman.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Ben Martin

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Quiet. A bit of a drive and felt like you had maybe gone the wrong way. But had picnic benches, 2 toilets, drinking water after boiling.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Katherine

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Very peaceful and beautiful location with ok toilets, taps and a couple of picnic benches.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Roberto Hallblom

Sweden

Ranking: 8/10

Fee $6, sites 10, near to a number of tracks.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Daryl

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely remote site in sheltered bowl, 11km gravel drive in.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Ann-Katrine & Sille

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

$6.

Reviewed over 10 years ago