Rakaia Gorge Camping Ground

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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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Phone: (03) 302 9353

Methven Address:
6686 Arundel Rakaia Gorge Road

67 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 9.

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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 about 1 month ago

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Axel

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 about 1 month ago

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Jolanda

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 2 months ago

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Dylan

Ranking: 8/10

Great campsite located just off highway 77. This campsite in summer would be 10/10. In August the showers and main area of the campsite seem to be closed. It was 10$pp per night, which we deposited into an honesty box. Just one other camper for the night, but plenty of room for more, even in the smaller camping space.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Tristan & Jolie

Ranking: 10/10

Great view from the campground at the top of the river banks, beautiful walks and views of the bridges and gorge close by, very clean amenities, best hot shower we have had in NZ.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Nathaniel Bond

Ranking: 9/10

Loved this site! Totally unpowered so you'll need a torch. Campervans are sited looking directly over the bright blue water of the gorge. Quiet and plenty of space. Facilities basic but clean. Showers hot.Friendly. Walks. Short path to swimming spot in river. Highly recommended if you can cope without hook-up or wi-fi.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Anna

Ranking: 9/10

Wonderful views, very well maintained. Can be very windy! Well worth the price. I can highly recommend this place. Next to Rakaia Gorge walkway which is also very nice.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Clobby

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely site right beside the river, good walks nearby and the laid-back warden was friendly and helpful. The toilets/showers were clean and the cooking shelter had hot water. Enjoyed the views and laid back vibe, will visit again.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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

    Adult $8.50/day

67 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 9.

Sophie Skinner's avatar

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 about 1 month ago

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Axel

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 about 1 month ago

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Jolanda

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 2 months ago

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Dylan

Ranking: 8/10

Great campsite located just off highway 77. This campsite in summer would be 10/10. In August the showers and main area of the campsite seem to be closed. It was 10$pp per night, which we deposited into an honesty box. Just one other camper for the night, but plenty of room for more, even in the smaller camping space.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Tristan & Jolie's avatar

Tristan & Jolie

Ranking: 10/10

Great view from the campground at the top of the river banks, beautiful walks and views of the bridges and gorge close by, very clean amenities, best hot shower we have had in NZ.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Nathaniel Bond

Ranking: 9/10

Loved this site! Totally unpowered so you'll need a torch. Campervans are sited looking directly over the bright blue water of the gorge. Quiet and plenty of space. Facilities basic but clean. Showers hot.Friendly. Walks. Short path to swimming spot in river. Highly recommended if you can cope without hook-up or wi-fi.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Anna

Ranking: 9/10

Wonderful views, very well maintained. Can be very windy! Well worth the price. I can highly recommend this place. Next to Rakaia Gorge walkway which is also very nice.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Clobby

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely site right beside the river, good walks nearby and the laid-back warden was friendly and helpful. The toilets/showers were clean and the cooking shelter had hot water. Enjoyed the views and laid back vibe, will visit again.

Reviewed 9 months ago