Rakaia Gorge Camping Ground

Rakaia Gorge Camping Ground



72 Rankers Reviews

16 Face-to-Face

50 Dump Station

86 Basic Camping

2 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 72.

Samuel fabien Jacquart's avatar

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 4 days 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 22 days 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 about 1 month ago

Jolanda's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

We find the campground one of the best from our hole hollyday. Big places with a marvelous view. 10 $ pp. There is warm water for free. Very friendly reception. For sure we come back another time

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Samantha H.

Ranking: 10/10

This is one of the best campsites we've ever stayed at. Loved it so much first visit decided to stay second night then a week later came again for another night. Lovely lady checked us in. Showers free and hot and very clean. Amazing views over gorge. Lovely a quiet. However very close to road so you do get road noise. Great value.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Sophie Skinner

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Best value ground of our whole trip. 10$pp for hot unlimited showers, clean toilets, sink area for washing up and great views. Fairly quiet in October so lots of space to find your own corner. Really enjoyed the 3h Gorge Walk.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Axel's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Lovely view at the river. Was travelling by bicycle, the summer didn't start yet so the showers was closed. Was a little bit disappointed. But place is very nice

Reviewed 4 months ago

Jolanda's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

With a bit of a jetlag (we flew in from Holland) this was a great place to start our journey through NZ. Magnificent views, nice walks and a spacy green spot. Unfortunately the showers were not open yet. Great place, highly recommended!

Reviewed 5 months ago