Rakaia Gorge Camping Ground

Rakaia Gorge Camping Ground

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81 Rankers Reviews

16 Face-to-Face

37 Dump Station

124 Basic Camping

3 Methven



Great areas to call your own
The situation


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.


Feature Value Info


South IslandCanterburyMethven


  • Dump Station
  • Basic Camping




  • Unpowered Campsite

    48 non powered sites over an area of about 2.2 hectares.

    Adult $8.50/day


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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 20 days ago

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Shannon's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

This was our first place we stayed at on our trip and did not disappoint. Payed $10 per person per night (we only stayed one) into the honesty box. Toilets nice and close. There was no lights in there so just make sure you take a torch or your phone.
Very short walk down to the gorge and there is heaps of other walks around the camp ground. Just gorgeous

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Andrew Hammond


Ranking: 8/10

Lovely place to stop and spend the night. Main park had not opened when we stayed but still a good flat area to park. Beautiful sunny morning looking out over the river with breakfast. Kids love the rock down by the river. Many thrown in and a few cairns built. $10 per person very reasonable. Thanks

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Ranking: 9/10

$10 per person per night. This was an outstanding campsite. We visited in winter, so the main campsite was closed (including the free hot showers and the laundry facilities). We had access to a small grassy part of the campsite and flushing toilets. Very nice, and would highly recommend. The views and small walk to the Gorge was well worth it.

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in June 2019

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Tarsha's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

Watch out for massive potholes upon entry. Expected to pay full price for stay even though main campground and amenities were closed for off season. Public toilet was flushing and clean. Across road is walk to lookout worth doing.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Clément's avatar


Ranking: 3/10

We stayed just one night during winter. Not so great place actually : the surprisingly busy road is just behind, no facilities apart toilets, and even if the river is close, there is no view at all from the car or camp site.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Stone's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful well kept campsite
River was really fast flowing and unswimable which was a bugger locals did say it was a perfect river to swim in,
Our 2nd night was rough winds were extreme but over all the grounds were amazing camp lady was awesome and polite,
Would definitely visit this site again

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in January 2019

Andrew's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

The best camp site we have stayed in so far. WHY?

1 Outstanding views of the gorge
2 reasonably priced at $10 per person
3 free hot showers and washing facilities
4 brilliant walks and views of gorge
5 exceptionally well maintained site
6 peaceful and tranquil

Also very understanding when we arrived very late at night and still were able to pitch up

Reviewed 8 months ago