Rakaia Gorge Camping Ground

Rakaia Gorge Camping Ground



77 Rankers Reviews

16 Face-to-Face

45 Dump Station

129 Basic Camping

4 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


Showing 8 reviews of 77.

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 10 days ago

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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 20 days 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 4 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 5 months ago

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Di Murray

Ranking: 10/10

As a witness to the previous disgruntled campers comments I would point out that this is not quite factual and would suggest people take notice of other more favourable posts. These cyclists had obviously been freedom camping overnight to arrive so early in the morning. At the height of our summer, hypothermia? The cyclists agressive and violent manner may have played a large part in this.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Samuel fabien Jacquart

Ranking: 1/10


Well, every country has at least one asshole. New Zealand's one can be found at Rakaia Camping's office. The dude would start assuming he knew better than me what kind of person I was or what were my intentions. He didn't try (at all) to understand the situation. I was with my girlfriend who was in near hypothermia, and needed a dry place to warm up. The first thing I saw when I arrived in the camping was a honesty box, which, to me, indicates this place doesn't have a reception. So I start by putting up the tent in order for my girlfriend to warm up. And that's when that arrogant cowboy walks in and tells me I'm a liar if I didn't see his office (which is just one caravan amongst 15 others...), and he didn't want to hear anything from me. When I went to pay the camping fee to him 5 min later in his office, he slammed the door on my arm and threatened me to punch me. What a warm welcome at Rakaia Holiday Park! If you go there, be prepared to be treated as cattle. There are plenty of other campsites with lovely owners, don't miss them! Have a good kiwi experience!

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Elin's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Nice view, good price, very nice and fresh hot showers and toilets. Beautiful camping with view over the blue lake with shorter walks around! Recomend this one! No electricity thoe.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Nadja Kampfhenkel


Ranking: 10/10

What a stunning camping spot and lovely grounds and very reasonably priced ($10 per person). This was one of the best spots we stayed at. It's right next to the river and it's very spacious but with lots of privacy too as they have tall hedges everywhere. Hot showers, toilets and kitchen hut were all very clean and it good working order. Really good value for money.

Reviewed 7 months ago