Rakaia Gorge Camping Ground

Rakaia Gorge Camping Ground


88 Rankers Reviews

16 Face-to-Face

3 Methven


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What a view!!! This place really takes the cake. This campsite is run by the Rakaia Gorge Society and is frequented by the more mature crowd who stay here for the long haul over summer. During the high season the campsite has a manager onsite (on the big green bus) during the winter most of the camp is locked up and an honesty box system takes over. Loud music and tight parking is not the go here - chill and enjoy.


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South IslandCanterburyMethven


  • Basic Camping
  • Dump Station


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Brandon's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great site, clean flush toilets, warm showers, outdoor sheltered kitchen, great views, water available, space for larger campers, would be happy to return, well done to the community for supporting this site.

Reviewed 28 days ago

Ying's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

We stayed here 1 night in Sep, outside their regular open season. Most of the campground and the showers were closed. But the toilets were tidy and there were hardly any other campers around, a very nice quiet spot. There are some nice river walks nearby and great star gazing

Reviewed 2 months ago and experienced in September 2020

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Jood's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

The gorge and this site looked amazing but it is currently closed to travelling campervans to protect the elderly regulars from the Corona virus. Sadly we had to move on.

Reviewed 10 months ago

NoFearNomads's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Very nice place with great views of the river. Sites along the river are not marked, but the friendly host showed us where to park for the best views. The bathroom and shower facilities are very functional.

It is a short walk to the start of several trailheads, as well as the bank of the river.

We were very happy to stay here and would recommend it.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Beggars's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful campsite and views. Plenty of mature planting to break the site up and give you some shade. All the basics are covered with attention to detail and hot showers are included. There are no powered pitches and there wasn't enough water to to up tanks when we were there, so just plan accordingly. For a quiet site in a beautiful natural setting its great.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Monica A

Ranking: 9/10

Great spot! Gorgeous views and so peaceful. Plus hot showers!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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ben mannering


Ranking: 9/10

Wow, what a lovely little find this was. Had spent entirely too long playing down by the river and enjoying the nearby walks along the gorge. Was looking for somewhere to hole up for the night and saw this place almost a stone’s throw away. Parked up not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised by what we found.

Is it basic, yes – of course it is at this price point. But it has toilets, running water and the setting is hard to beat. Our two little ones loved running around the grounds and the short walk down to the river and back up along the gorge was a bit of a gem.

If you’re looking for a no-fills place to stay for a night or two, out of the way in a secluded location, then for the price this place is hard to beat. Would have been tempted to have stayed for longer if during the warmer summer months.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in August 2019

Jono's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Perfect location next to the river in a well maintained landscaped park. Warm welcome and clean facilities. Great for the gorge walk. Recommended quiet site.

Reviewed about 1 year ago