Paia Point Campground

Paia Point Campground



14 Rankers Reviews

6 Face-to-Face

299 Basic Camping

38 Kaikoura



Coastal camping


This is one of the Kaikoura Coastal Camping Grounds situated just 15 minutes south of Kaikoura along State Highway 1.

There is camping only and the basic facilities include toilets, but a short walk over to Goosebay Camp will give you access to a shower, kitchen and laundry.

Please contact the camp manager for more details.


Feature Value Info


South IslandKaikoura RegionKaikoura


  • Basic Camping



  • Unpowered Campsite

    Toilets on site with Shower/Kitchen/Laundry available at Goosebay Camp.

    Adult $11/day
    Child $6/day


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Annette Reed's avatar

Annette Reed

Ranking: 3/10

Great view and pretty but didnt think it was worth $23 for the night for two people. Only one toilet and no other facilities we got in late so didn’t go and register but the Ranger come and saw us and took our money. Maybe we got charged more because we didn’t register I guess. Not a great way to treat travellers. Lesson learnt make sure you register and if too late don’t bother stopping. For another $15 could have got a powered site with a shower!

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Miles Gregory's avatar

Miles Gregory

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely campsite. Meet some nice friendly campers and had a great time. Super clean toilets. We were able to use the showers at the main camp in Goose Bay and have to say they would have to be the cleanest showers I’ve ever come across in my camping time. 10 out of 10. Cheers.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Clobby's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Stayed here as near SH1 and convenient but what a find.
We were initially concerned due to proximity of the main road but after dark and before 8am it was deathly quiet. The toilet and outside cleanup sink were clean and all we needed.
We spent the evening collecting shells and watching the seabirds fish among the rocks and dodging the basking fur seals. In the morning we watched white sided dolphins broaching and jumping just offshore, fabulous. Funny thing was seeing the dolphin watching boats arrive in the bay and they stopped performing!
Only downside was the midges (sandflies) as we got a few bites.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Mark Worth

Ranking: 10/10

My absolute favourite spot to park my motor home for the weekend to relax, on a clear day it is an amazing place to climb over the rocks and go for a dive/snorkel. A few times I have woken here to a beautiful sunrise with dolphins playing not far from the shore. Bliss :)

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Jenny Adams's avatar

Jenny Adams

Ranking: 8/10

A little confused about where to sign up - basically you go to the main campsite and they direct you to where you can camp, they have a few sites along here. We stayed at this one as had to be up early for whale watching and it was closest to town. Awesome spot, toilet was in a little tin shed and I was impressed, cleanest we have had and flushable. You can use showers etc at Goose Campground as well if you want. The road noise didn't bother us. It might if you have a tent but the views far outweighed any noise. We had seals literally metres away from us! Pretty cool and the moonlit sea and sunrise were amazing too!!! Don't stay in town stay here, cheaper and waaayyy better.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Joanna du Toit

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Sites are spacious. Basic toilets and sinks next to sites. My only complaint was the location of the sites which was right next to a busy highway. Traffic continued all night. Went over to the main site in the morning to use the showers, which was nice.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in May 2015

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Steffen Paul's avatar

Steffen Paul

Ranking: 7/10

Very basic camping site with closed toilets on the beach. Only shared with 2 other campers and some seals. Showers and toilets are on the main camping site. Worth the cost.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Sidney Stokkers


Ranking: 7/10

Nice place but quite costly if you don't want to use the camping facilities. You can not self register so you need to drive to the Goose Bay Camp

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in November 2014