Avalanche Creek Shelter Campsite

Avalanche Creek Shelter Campsite

Arthurs Pass



24 Rankers Reviews

8 Face-to-Face

294 Basic Camping

16 Arthur's Pass



The shelter
A few spots to tuck into
Avalanche Shelter


A bit of a funny one....Its quite tight for camping spots here, but there is plenty of space for parking and staying in your car. There is a huge shelter here - this is for hanging out and cooking in only, not for staying the night.
Good facilities and right across the road from the visitors centre. It can be very cold and windy here. there are heaps of walks start from this area.

This is right next to the main train station, there are lots of signs that state no camping in the carpark, please adhere to these requests.

There are lots of Kea's hovering around waiting for food scraps. Please do NOT feed the birds!


Feature Value Info


South IslandCanterburyArthur's Pass


  • Basic Camping






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Thangs's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

There are toilets a short walk away, but no shower facilities. There is a shelter too. Quite a small space, but for a night and if you were climbing Avalanche Peak for example, it works well. $8 per pax.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Angela's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

Cramped camp site as the other travellers have stated. Sheltered cooking facilities. Near to railway tracks and quite brightly lit. Alternatively there are sites which are better located in nature but this one has signal which we needed at the time. Public toilets we very clean. Recycling/rubbishy drop off available

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Kelly Linn

Ranking: 8/10

Great stop. Very close to Avalanche Peak hike! The road and train were not too loud to disrupt sleep. Very close to walk in the village! Beautiful area!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Stefan Miedzinski


Ranking: 8/10

Stayed there before enjoying Arthur's Pass. Trains can run by, so maybe a bit noisy. Not so much place so try to get in by time.
Toilets and Kitchen available.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Marieke's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

We stayed here after hiking the avalanche peak in the afternoon. Campsite was fine. Very basic but toilet was working and the shelter was clean. We paid $16 for two persons.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Boguslaw MAKIELLO's avatar


New Caledonia

Ranking: 6/10

Accept this place for what it is : an overnight place, when you are tired after walking all day, or when you want to get up early and begin to walk early. Or else go elsewhere, there are free campsites lower (sometimes noisy too!)
Very little place. Lots of campervans, so be prepared to hear the delicate sound of cars doors opening and closing for hours if you are unlucky. People can park here late, you will need ear plugs. And a mask because of the lights near the station.
I wonder how many people really paid, like in the others places managed by the DOC.
Trains are noisy, trucks are more noisy, but ppl are worse:). Some friendly keas around, you can hear them.
You can cook in the shelter if the others let you a place to cook. Too many people sleep in the shelter (forbidden), some of them looked drunk.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Indika Udayanga

Ranking: 6/10

Stayed one night in early Jan 2018.
Location-wise, very good & close to entrance of many tracks and train station as well.
Shelter is good.Ample space and warmer inside with few benches and large tables(fixed not moveable). Garbage dump available few meters away from shelter.
(1) No showers. I used one and only public shower 100m away from here, which was good to have than nothing($2 /4min). Not god water pressure.
(2) If using tent, set up tent early. And worst part is most part ground looks having stable concrete under the ground. So difficult to pin down pegs for tent ropes. You may need to check several place for right set up place.If there are many camp cars then limited options for place.
(3) Only one toilet attached to shelter. If out of order you will be in a trouble
(4) Some signs board says not to keep valuable stuff in tent if you r absent for longer time.Possibly you may lost them.
(5) Never feed Kea birds or left food outside as Kea may attached for food.

Very nice service at DOC centreopposite side of road. Have better toilets, open until 17:30 in summer though (for some famous tracks have to move 14km towards Christchurch. For those who get their by train; trail bikers - carry your own bike hikers-hitchhiking will be the only option)

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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c mccabe

United Kingdom

Ranking: 5/10

Beautiful area with a handy shelter with sinks. The toilets were out of order during our stay (August 2017) so a bit pricey considering no ammenities. $16 for 2 adults per night. A few restaurants a short walk away. They shut early during winter however; 8pm.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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