Rakaia Gorge Camping Ground

Rakaia Gorge Camping Ground

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84 Rankers Reviews

16 Face-to-Face

41 Dump Station

117 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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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 6 days ago

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Monica A

Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed 10 days 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 16 days 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months ago and experienced in June 2019

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 5 months ago