Little River Campground

Little River Campground

Okuti Valley



49 Rankers Reviews

8 Face-to-Face

9 Camping Grounds

3 Banks Peninsula



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Joan & Tony's avatar

Joan & Tony

Ranking: 10/10

This is a great little campground. Stream at the bottom of the hill, walk trails through the bush to the top of the hill, birds in the trees (and not just sparrows) and good clean facilities. If you enjoy nature but don't want to be too far from the nearest coffee shop (just 5km to Little River Café) this is a good option for you. Thoroughly enjoyed our two nights there over Easter, as did all the happy families there at the time.

Reviewed 5 months ago

Little River Campground - Okuti Valley responds:

Hello Joan and Tony,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a 10/10 review. We try our hardest to keep the campground clean and to make it a fun place to stay for kids and adults. We have a very natural area that thrives with bird life and plants, so it is a good place to discover nature. All the best and maybe we will see you again. Kind regards Marcus

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Sophie's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Very nice and helpful owner. He helped planning our trip and gave us some insider tips. Facilities are very clean. Kitchen had everything we needed and there was a lot of food for free use. Nice walking tracks around the side and if you still get bored there’s also wifi available.

Reviewed 6 months ago

Little River Campground - Okuti Valley responds:

Hi Sophie,
Thanks for the great review and I am always happy to help guests with holiday plans so you discover the 'real NZ'. Some of our favourite places are off the beaten track with few people and stunning scenery.....the southern bays as an example of hidden beaches close to the campground. All the best with your NZ adventures, Marcus.

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Melanie Berger's avatar

Melanie Berger


Ranking: 10/10

My favorite campground of our 3 weeks trip with our campervan. Stayed there for two nights. Marcus is super friendly and helpful. Love the bushwalk, the sounds of nature and all the creative and fun stuff around, like the swings in the wood or the random car or bus seats around with lovely views. A lot of details made with love, that makes such a nice atmosphere. The dry toilets work perfectly. Such a good idea!

Reviewed 7 months ago

Little River Campground - Okuti Valley responds:

Hello Melanie, Thanks so much for your great description of our campground and native habitat. We are always happy when guests enjoy their stay. Our place is not for everyone, but if you are interested in somewhere more than a place to park a van, and love nature, we would welcome your visit. We try and be as environmentally conscious as possible, with the dry toilets saving 1000s of litres of water a year as an example. Thanks again, Marcus

Mark Blezard 's avatar

Mark Blezard

Ranking: 10/10

Markus was enthusiastic about telling and helping us through our journey on the South Island.
Everything was great, showers were hot and water pressure was awesome.
Bathrooms were clean and Kitchen was a great mixing of nations exchanging holiday experiences.

Oh yea, one more thing, the rope swing is a must, even at 57!!!


Reviewed 9 months ago

Little River Campground - Okuti Valley responds:

Hi Mark, Thanks for your review, it is appreciated. Great also that you tried the giant swing. Never too old to have fun eh? Nice to know guests are enjoying the hot showers, along with everything else. We try and improve the facilities as we have time. Take care and happy holidays, Marcus

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Marie Sassenberg's avatar

Marie Sassenberg

Ranking: 10/10

Little River Campground was the first and the best Campground on our Roadtrip. The Place itself and the Host is lovely, the kitchen / facilities are clean (hot showers) and you can get free Wi-fi. Everything for only 15$ per person if you’re staying in a tent.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Little River Campground - Okuti Valley responds:

Hi Marie, Thanks for taking the time to review us positively. The best campground! We love hearing that thank you. The fee is $15/adult, whether you are in a tent or campervan. Enjoy your travels. Marcus and Megan

Gina's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Awesome camping ground that takes you back to nature. Beautiful river, tracks and lovely small camp ground with great facilities. Marcus the host was also very accommodating and around if required. Will definitely be back.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Little River Campground - Okuti Valley responds:

Hi Gina,

Thanks for the 10 out 10. I try my best to be helpful when I am around, which is most of the time. See you sometime. Marcus

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EH's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

This place was exactly what we were looking for. Pulled in after a long day on the road and was able to set up without any problems. Perfectly centered between Akaroa and Christchurch with plenty of options to explore. The hot showers and WiFi were an added bonus. Would definitely stay again.

Reviewed 12 months ago

Little River Campground - Okuti Valley responds:

Hi Eh,

Cheers for the review and description of our campground. We are not everyones 'cap of tea' but if you are into nature and exploring we have 5 hectares with old native trees and birds....and the giant swing, and feeding the eel, and seeing the old film set 'chinatown'. Thanks, Marcus

Joe's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Wonderful place, surrounded by pure nature, great spot with clean toilets and hot showers (+ laundry) and a kitchen area.
Very friendly people too ! Many activities around, I highly recomand this camp ! (Wifi wasn’t working but the camping just openned so it’s not an issue)

Reviewed 12 months ago

Little River Campground - Okuti Valley responds:

Thanks Joe, I'm pleased you enjoyed your stay and thought the facilities were clean. We are always trying to improve things like the wifi, showers, tracks, facilities but as we're a small camp and I am the only one working here so things can take longer than anticipated. I hope you had a great holiday in NZ. Marcus