11 Rankers Reviews
A huge grassy area with amazing views over the Canterbury Plains. You can also camp in smaller private areas next to the stream. This is a terraced campsite surrounded by MASSIVE pines.
There are lots of walks to do in the area, a great place to stay.
The turn off to Mt. Thomas Conservation area is from the main road between Oxford and Loburn - well sign posted.
South Island ▷ Canterbury ▷ Oxford
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Filthy facilities, of the 4 available toilets there was no toilet paper in one and another had been blocked then flooded with feces covered underwear and someone used a stick to unblock it leaving a trail of feces and toilet paper across the toilet and floor which remained in place for the entirety of our stay. The campsite rules are not enforced with at least 1/2 the occupied campsites having dogs with them and only 1 was ever on lead with the rest roaming freely. In one case 2 off lead dogs had an altercation.
Scenery is very beautiful and includes views of the plains and riverside campsites. the walking track is well maintained by DOC but littered with dog poo throughout.
Be prepared for a huge amount of sandflies, especially near the river.
This would be an amazing and peaceful campsite if the facilities were better maintained during peak times and the users respected the environment.
Huge, huge site with gully/creek sites and terraced grassy plain sites. Suffers from being close to Christchurch with young kids on dirt bikes arriving to tear up the place. But the open south facing view over the plains from the elevated campsite nestled into the foothills makes up for it. Good toilet block, lots of walks to do - the small family loop track recently re-cut and gravelled so a fun easy walk for little ones through some different country in such a short walk. Great spot.
Really lovely place to camp. We did not use the facilities so can not comment. Wonderful views. Only two vans there. Can not mark this higher owing to pesky flies. Provided you are ok with them, then this is worth the longish trip along gravel road. We did begin to wonder if we would find it, but it is just a little way past the boys brigade private campsite on your right.
This was a beautiful campsite. We were the only ones there! Nice big flat grassy area overlooking plains and paddocks, or the option to camp down on the creek. Picnic tables around the campsite. Clean and basic flushing toilets. Very nice campsite, a bit of a drive, but well worth it.
Awesome spot to camp. Kids had a blast exploring the area. Great walks. Easy and hard. Stream was a real treat with awesome wee dams and pools. Loved being able to bring doggo with us. Toilets clean and in working order. Will be back for a whole fam camp soon.
Nice big open grassy area, or option to camp by the creek. Stunning views and good facilities. Quiet and peaceful stay. Loved it.
Scott and Angela
Lovely views, good toilets, take plenty of dimp and warm clothing in winter.
Nice enough location, but the worst sandflies I think I have encountered anywhere in NZ (including West Coast!). Bring super strength insect repellent!
Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍