Gentle Annie Seaside Camping and Accommodation

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Gentle Annie has a beautiful camping ground at the mouth of the Mokihinui River. Sheltered and private camping sites are set amongst landscaped gardens, all within a couple minutes walk to the beach.

Free (and fast!) wifi is available in the Cowshed Cafe.

Dogs are welcome as long as they are cleaned up after, supervised at all times, being aware that there are Wekas and other bird life to be protected.


Fridge and Freezer space
Washing Machine
Sink with Hot Water
Clothes Lines
Outdoor Seat Swings
Outdoor Tables
Cowshed Cafe building to relax in

Activities at Gentle Annie
• Fishing
• Whitebaiting during Whitebait season
• Swimming and surfing
• Beach
• Sit-on-top kayaks (three for hire at the Cowshed)
• Cycling
• Low Ropes course
• Gentle Annie Point…



  • Gentle Annie Seaside Camping and Accommodation

    Gentle Annie has a beautiful camping...

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Grizzly Girl

Ranking: 10/10

Grassy field with vegetation partitions at $12 a night, no powered sites. Beach and river are right there and lots of white baiters were out. Being October the main cafe was not really running yet (coffee only from 9-10am which is when someone is around to collect camping fees) but the communal lounging space/cafe space is a selling point foe the place. Indoor and outdoor seating with fireplaces (no dry wood left when i was there but there is a ton of wood waiting to be dried from the beach). Shower on an honesty box system at $2 and it was actually hot. Kitchen is sort of small for all the people needing to cook (which is everyone without the cafe running) and you should bring your own stuff as kitchen supplies are limited. Other than that no complaints. I would love to stay here in nice weather and during the summer.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Ranking: 10/10

This is the best campsite on the entire South Island. I almost don’t want to give it 10/10 as then more people will discover this magical spot. Jesse and his family have thought of every possible need a Traveller may have! Warm fire for winter, delicious home cooked biscuits and soothing warm showers are some of the facilities available. Their campsite comes with a beautiful story and they are happy to share their exerpeince and knowledge of the area with you! Don’t miss out on this West Coast gem! We will definitely be back to base ourselves here and explore Kahurangi NP further!

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Helen Moxon

Ranking: 10/10

Came across Gentle Annie by accident, and oh so pleased we did. Cannot rate this campground high enough for wonderful hospitality shown by all staff, the amazing cafe and muffins, plus home cooked pizza's in the pizza oven creates a meeting place for campers to enjoy each others company.
The scenery and walks along the rugged beach, collecting fire wood for the pizza oven and building fires gives you the freedom of yesteryear. Of all camps we have visited this is the best, and well worth the time to travel here not only to enjoy the camp but the amazing surrounding area.

Facilities are basic but clean.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Michael Stützle


Ranking: 10/10

It has been one of our best stays in entire NZ. A bit off the famous routes but every minute worth it you drive longer to get here. Great cafe with awesome muffins as well as a top10 bucket list of things to do in that beautiful area. Stunning sunsets which I you can enjoy with self-made pizza in the stone oven. 2 nights for 24 NZD pp in a campervan.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

In 10 weeks of travel this was my most memorable and favourite stay.
It’s hard to say exactly why but they’ve sprinkled a little bit of magic on to camping and made it shine.
They have a lovely ethos of positivity and it makes the place friendly and homely.

Reviewed 7 months ago and experienced in January 2018

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Jakub Horner

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot, perfect for fishing, good facilities. No official check out! One of the best campsite in NZ.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Leo Forster

Ranking: 10/10

The best campsite in New Zealand.
We loved our stay at Gentle Annie. It’s the best campsite we’ve stayed at and would highly recommend to everyone.
The place is extremely welcoming and offers loads such as warm showers, wood fired pizza oven, a bbq and an awesome cafe that has brilliant coffee.
A must visit if you’re in the area.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Nigel & Annie Dale

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Touring New Zealand in a motorhome we'd planned to spend 1 night at Gentle Annie's, & spent 3 nights similar to previous reviewer.

Gentle Annie's is a little piece of paradise, neither sophisticated nor pretentious, just good honest people running a charming beautiful camp site & cafe. They run an honesty box for the $2 showers which is heartwarming in today's world.

The cafe food was fresh & largely home grown or organic, while the overall ambience has a bohemian feel. As a bonus the beach sunset was stunning.

If this review sounds appealing to you, then don't hesitate to stay, chill & recharge the batteries.

Reviewed 9 months ago