Avalanche Creek Shelter Campsite

Avalanche Creek Shelter Campsite

Arthurs Pass


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 3 months ago

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 5 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 about 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 about 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 about 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 almost 3 years ago

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Kassandra Yarmoluk

Ranking: 7/10

Beside the train station, lights were very bright and on all evening, blocking the view of the stars. Basic kitchen and single toilet no sink to wash or showers. Very basic but served the purpose of close to the track. If I were to do it again, I'd stay at the free location down the road and save the $16. Which ended up being $20 so make sure you have exact change otherwise you'll have to overpay.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Ruiyi Yin


Ranking: 8/10

Good but small campground with decent facilities, only a small patch for tents. Centrally located and close to walks in the area. It gets really cold and windy during the night, be prepared for the conditions especially if camping in a tent!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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David Elliott


Ranking: 7/10

Accept it for what it is - an overnight stop and be prepared to listen to the trucks and trains trundle past during the night. However this was the only place we heard kiwis at night. The ammenities were quite clean and it was close to a little cafe as well as the walking tracks. Arthur's pass itself is a beautiful drive and well worth visiting.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Josh Fisher

Ranking: 8/10

Really good facilities in terms of sinks, toilet and meal prep area. Great for an early start on the walks around the area.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Rod Clarke

Ranking: 7/10

Good spot for a quick night stopover. $6.00 per person with shelter for hanging out and good toilets. Yes it's close to the road and train but they weren't a problem. There are free camp spots a bit further out of town but my phone worked here so I could send a few emails. If you are just looking for a park up for the night to start a walk in the morning it's perfect.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Rawiri johnston

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Can't argue with the convenience of this site. Plenty of places to park up. Be warned - the trains are frequent and noisy so if yur looking for an early night then think again. Also, while the picnic site next to the shelter looks good, its also under the fire service siren (i.e, the siren used to call the volunteers to the station). Could make for a very unexpected surprise if that went off over yur head while fast asleep.

On the plus side there are 2x flush toilets, the shelter inside is huge, and its barely 2 minutes to the general store the next morning to buy an espresso!

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Vera Kreipe


Ranking: 7/10

Directly at the main street and a little but loud because of passing trains. But beautiful surroundings and many hiking opportunities.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Ranking: 7/10

Very limited ground to set up tent, the place is more ideal if you just park up and sleep in vehicle. Just opposite to DOC visitor centre, a centered point in the Artur Pass village, walking distance to shops and some tracks. Good covered shelter for cooking and dining. Shelter and toilets with light. Just next to train station, might woke up by the noise of trains and also the Keas. $6 pp.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Melvin Groenhof


Ranking: 8/10

A free campground, nice toilets and nice nature.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Rogier Ramaker


Ranking: 8/10

Not very good location but very clean and good toilets.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Eric's avatar



Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful village with a free clean (!) public toilet.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Harry Findeis


Ranking: 3/10

Campground between the street and a rail road track.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

K S's avatar


United States

Ranking: 5/10

We were low on gas and were stuck here for the night until the gas station opened in the morning. I didn't heed the warnings of the reviews, but despite having no wind at night the wind was rocking out camper van all night, the road noise was very loud, and it seemed to be a train transfer station. So trains would be pulled up the hill by one engine, switch engines outside the site then go on their merry way. My husband didn't sleep much and we were in a camper van, at least a half dozen people were in tents.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

Nice setup, but really close to the road and the footpath. Extremely loud during night (main road to the left, train to the right).
Good facility.
Good for a stopover break, but not good for a night in a tent.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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David Brown


Ranking: 8/10

Great to stay away from the busy towns but not keen on the friendly!! sandflies.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2011