Gentle Annie

Gentle Annie - Seaside Camping and Accommodation

Gentle Annie

Seaside Camping and Accommodation


52 Rankers Reviews

4 Face-to-Face

2 Camping Grounds

1 Westport

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Classic Sunset at Gentle Annie Beach
Aerial view of Gentle Annie, welcome to paradise!
Gentle Annie Point Maze
Enjoy a bonfire on the 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…


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Gentle Annie Seaside Camping & Accommodation

Commercial organisation


South IslandWest CoastWestport


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Operating Season And Hours

Gentle Annie Seaside Camping and Accommodation is open year round.

Please note we now take bookings for our camping ground.
See our website to make a booking and for descriptions and details of our Powered Sites.

All non-powered camping sites are unallocated, and when you make a booking, you are not booking a particular spot. Sites are first in, first served. You are more than welcome to check-in after 12 noon on the day of your arrival, and extend your stay (by talking with someone at the Cowshed) while you are here (guest numbers and space dependent), and check out 12 noon on the day you depart.

Bookings Essential for December, January, February, all Statuatory Holiday weekends and School Holiday Periods.
Bookings Preferred for all other months.


Showing 8 reviews of 52.

AMR's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Just simply the best, so many great spots to camp up for unpowered options. Great coffee muffins and of course the pizza oven cant rate it highly enough

Reviewed 7 months ago

Dianne's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Fabulous spot, can get a great coffee at the Cowshed. We were coming for 1 night so bought ingredients to make pizzas in the pizza oven but stayed for 2 nights, Jessie gave us the ingredients for the 2nd nights pizza making and wouldn’t take any money for them. There’s tons of driftwood for fires on the beach or wheelbarrows to bring it back to the camps fire pit. Nice walks, a lovely setting with a great vibe, will be back with my moko.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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LeeAnn's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Travelling on motorbike as pillion passenger around South Island. This is by far the best camp site encountered on the west coast so far. Highly recommend if you enjoy camping, meeting friendly people. Clean practical facilities. Don't want to leave.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Kane Marshall

Ranking: 10/10

What a place to spend the weekend!!! You see why this place is one of the best. Beautiful fishing spot, waves almost perfect and heaps to do with the kids. Everything you'd ever need in one spot the owners have done a wonderful job with the campground heaps of privacy and plenty of space top job guys.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Richie Miller

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome spot, so beautiful, so chill and everything you need.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Boardwalk Blss

United States

Ranking: 10/10

This low key relaxed campground (with cabins and houses also) is great to chill out for a bit. We arrived for 1 night and spent 4 here! The campground has all the necessary basics - flush toilets (2 per gender), showers (2), kitchen - with limited number of pans; gas burners (4) are in the covered outdoor area along with a wood fired pizza oven (make your own pizza) and outdoor fire pit. Washing machine tho no dryer - clothesline and clothes racks instead. The above was plenty for usage at the time we were here (Sept 2020) but in peak season may be a bit stretched. The center is the “Cowshed” , a cafe and hangout space with excellent free WIFI and plenty of charging outlets for devices open 24/7. Coffee available in the morning plus biscuits/cookies any time. During summer muffins and a breakfast menu is available. Much of the smaller payments are based on an honesty system which is very refreshing eg. Showers $2/five mins but no timer; washing machine $2; cookies - put money into the honesty box and help yourself. The owners are always helpful, kind, willing to answer questions and suggest places to visit. In like manner the success of this camping spot is consideration to your fellow campers, so there’s requests to cleanup after using kitchen etc.
All pitches are on grass - find your space and set up; many areas are protected with plantings and give privacy, close enough to hear the surf and walk to the beach for your own driftwood fire at night.
There’s a large grassed area for games, soccer balls and net supplied.
This is not your Top 10 Holiday Park but a family run genuine Kiwi experience on the wonderful West Coast of the South Island where you get to meet and chat with other campers - don’t miss it!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Mark's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

One of the best camps we stayed at in the South island. Make sure and have a muffin and coffee at the cowshed cafe

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Craig/ Sarah

Ranking: 10/10

Great camping spot for the long weekend, whitebaiting, fishing, biking , relaxing all on the doorstep, lovely cafe and pizza oven , lovely people / family owners thank you 😊
We will be back for sure

Reviewed almost 3 years ago