Gentle Annie



41 Rankers Reviews

4 Face-to-Face

1 Camping Grounds

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Classic Sunset at Gentle Annie Beach


Aotearoa as it used to be – lush, unspoilt and natural.

50 kilometres north of Westport on the doorstep of the Kahurangi National Park, Gentle Annie is a coastal enclave with its own warm frost-free microclimate. Bounded by the Tasman Sea, the mighty Mokihinui River and Nikau-fringed native bush, it is an excellent place to set up base and be rejuvenated and recharged.

Gentle Annie is only 10km from the world class Old Ghost Road mountain biking and walking track and within an hour of many scenic attractions of the Northern Buller Region – north to Kahurangi National Park, the Heaphy Track, and the Oparara Valley with it’s Limestone Arches and Honeycomb Caves; and south to Charming Creek Walkway, Denniston Plateau, Cape Foulwind Seal Colony and the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks.

The region maintains much of its eccentricity and wilderness, offering an opportunity to get close to nature. If you’re a mountain biker, botanist, geologist, artist, beachcomber, fisherman, kayaker, cyclist, tramper and/or adventurer at heart, Gentle Annie is a natural destination for you.

• Showers
• Toilets
• Fridge and freezer space
• Washing machine
• Sink with hot water
• Clotheslines
• Outdoor seat swings
• Outdoor tables
• Cowshed Cafe to relax in

• Fishing
• White baiting during Whitebait season
• Swimming and surfing
• Beach
• Sit-on-top kayaks (three for hire at the Cowshed)
• Cycling
• Low Ropes course
• Gentle Annie Point Maze
• Glow-worm gazing
• Bird watching
• Walking tracks
• Rest and relaxation

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  • Camping Grounds

Operating Season And Hours

Gentle Annie Seaside Camping and Accommodation is open year round.

No bookings are required for the Camping Ground - just come along!





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    Rata Lodge

    The Rata Lodge is situated on an elevated site overlooking the tidal estuary and river meeting the Tasman Sea.

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    Riverview Home

    The Riverview Home is on an elevated natural site overlooking the Mokihinui River and Buller Bay coastline with a picturesque backdrop of subtropical native forest.

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    Cabbage Tree Cottage

    A two storey ‘woodsy’ beachfront home on an elevated site from which views of the Coast, Nikau and Rata forest can be enjoyed in the open plan living/kitchen area.

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    Beach Cabin

    The Beach Cabin, nestled below the subtropical forest, has a view of the sea with only a minutes walk to the beach.

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    Rimu House

    The Rimu House, named after the beautiful wood it is made of, it is a very comfortable home with a view.

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    The Treehouse

    A two-bedroom unit situated upstairs in a building in the camping ground next door to the Cowshed.

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    The Cheeky Weka Cabin

    The “Cheeky Weka” Cabin is a beautiful bedroom located in the camping ground a few hundred metres away from the Beach.

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    Elsie the Caravan

    Elsie is a beautifully restored 1938 Vintage Tanner Caravan. Made in New Zealand 80 years ago!

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    Camping Ground

    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 river and beach.

    Adult $12/day
    Child $6/day

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This review was selected by Jesse Paley-Atkins of Gentle Annie - Seaside Camping and Accommodation on Sat 03 Oct, 2015.

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Malcolm & Susan

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Our favourite place of the whole tour – a bit of heaven. Total relaxation beside a long (stony) beach with loads of driftwood for beach fires, a river to the side and bush in the background, and clear night skies. Free access to charger outlets and wi-fi in the café, although no power hook-ups. Very welcoming and continued friendliness and plenty of opportunities in surrounding areas to be more active. Café (few outside visitors when we were there) had a great range of fresh food and relaxing atmosphere and campers welcome to use it as a common room – wood fired oven pizza at sunset was magic. Flexible camp locations with many facilities, all well-kept, including campfire locations on site. Located north bank of Mokihinui River (we first called at site south of river by mistake).
[2 senior Scots, 4 week trip, mainly overnight stops, self-contained, Autumn]

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Natazha Bernie

Ranking: 10/10

Gentle Annies is divine. Sublime rural setting spiced with the best of humanity: great home cooked meals & community. We can’t wait to go back.

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10

This place is amazing! I’ve camped around NZ for over 50 years and can honestly say this is one of the best camping places I’ve ever found, if not the best!😃 It’s worth the $12 just for the location, let alone the facilities, which are outstanding - a feeling of ‘home ‘. Not many sandflies either, which is a blessing in these parts!
Well done!

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10

This place is so stunning! It has such a wonderful atmosphere, I was so relaxed after three nights. Very quiet, good coffee and homemade cakes (try the spicy chilly-brownies, they're yummy!). No powered sites and just two showers, but doesn't matter at this very special place. Loved it!

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Jen's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

This is THE best campsite in New Zealand ! Go there and you won’t be disappointed! The stone oven pizza is a must do too, really worth making your own pizza, it’s so good ! The brownies, muffins are incredible too. We were supposed to stay one night and ended up staying 5 ☺️ so cheap compare to what you get in a doc. The view is amazing, so are the people working there, so helpful, WiFi is free and works perfectly, everything is clean, you can’t find a better place!
Thank you 🙏🏼

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Definitely the best campsite ever ! People are so welcoming and friendly, commun area super nice, the sunset is amazing and the labyrinthe is a good idea ! Love it ! 12$pp for one night or 30$ for 3 nights. Thank you so much to create a place like this !

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Wayne n Leanne Johnson

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic place, which just keeps getting better!!! Lovely owners and great staff who are always happy to help!!!

Reviewed 10 months ago

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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 11 months ago

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Kim's avatar


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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year ago