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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38 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 5.

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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 5 days ago

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Caroline's avatar


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 12 days 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 15 days 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 2 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 3 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 6 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 8 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 8 months ago and experienced in January 2018