Nelson Creek Camping Ground

Nelson Creek Camping Ground



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Brent's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great camp site by the river. Toilets, dump station, rubbish. Well worth a visit.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Boris Clémençon


Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful place. Grass, river, trees and river close to good tracks.
Juste Perfect
6NZ$ pp
Clean toilets.
Thanks new Zealand for this place. We love you !

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Rachel Mudge

Ranking: 10/10

Affordable for families. Playground for kids. Awesome old mining area to explore! Clean toilets. Thanks heaps to all the volunteers who look after this treasure.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Robyn Phillips

Ranking: 10/10

One of our favourite campsites. Really friendly atmosphere - perfect for families due to the amazing playground. Cheap beer at the pub across the road and great facilities.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Lawrence Bowen

Ranking: 10/10

This is a great little place!! No powered sites but everything else.... there is even a dump station!! Dump station costs NZ$4.00 if you are not a camper... camping costs NZ$ 6.00 per person. This is one of the very few sites fires are allowed!!! There are 5 fire pits available so arrive early to get one!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Rob & Colleen Elwood

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

The Nelson creek campsite is an interesting place with lots of bush-walks, gold mining relics and a well constructed children's playground. The site is large and offers several camping areas but it is also a bit uneven with plenty of boggy hollows to avoid. The facilities are basic with flushing toilets and drinkable water. There is also a dump station onsite. Good value for $6 per person per night.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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deborah cooper


Ranking: 10/10

Initially was going to stay at Iveah Bay, but it was car park type camping. So glad we drove the extra 30 odd kilometres. This place is so well maintained. Flushing toilets, wood supplied and beautiful walks. Unfortunately some people stayed without paying. Heaps of room for privacy. Definitely recommend, and if you have kids there is a fantasic play ground area. Support the community for this great place. Only $5 per person.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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CMG's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Great stop-over. Nice campground with minimal sandflies next to a large, winding creek. One block of flush toilets with wash station; hot showers available at the motel across the road for $4pp. Campground has plenty of room for parking, with some picnic tables and fire pits available, also has a play structure and flying fox. Suggested nightly camping cost $6pp / $15 family. Would stay again.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Anthony Baker

Ranking: 8/10

Awesome spot with toilets and BBQs plus a small kitchen area. Had dinner at the Nelson Creek pub across the road - very friendly owners. good selection of beers. Probably a better spot for camper vans as ground was very rocky which made it harder but not impossible to pitch a tent.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Audrey Zarlenga


Ranking: 10/10

This place is really worth it. It is big, has green grass to pitch tents, toilets, sinks, a nice playground. Plus, the manager was so helpful and kind: I called him because my car battery had died during the night. Despite the heavy rain, he came to the campground and jump started my car in the early morning.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Saskia Luecke


Ranking: 8/10

One of the best unpowered spots we've camped at so far! River next to you, opportunities to make a fire, flushing toilets, anything you need. Showers available at the hotel for four dollars (donation for campground says should be minimum five dollars, considering how cheap that is, absolutely reasonable price for shower).
Would stay again!

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

A lot of space for the tent and picnic area, a lot of trails and a beautiful bridge with a tunnel. Fruit trees. Fires allowed.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in November 2014

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Keith Baigent

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

A great place for camping, We have visited twice in the last month for long weekends. and cannot fault the place. It is a nice basic campsite in a fantastic location. Worth more than the $5 donation they request from campers.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Mike R

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Nice camping area. Some space near trees otherwise large open grass field for 30+ campers. Please donate. Camp site run by locals to support community activities. Friendly Nelson Hotel pub a quick walk up to main street and cold beer. Beautiful Callhoughn trail from camp ground with great vistas.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful area, flushing toilets and near walks for free! You could use BBQs as well for just $2. Make sure you make a donation!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Justin's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

By donation campground inside little town. One of our favourite sites during our trip. Right on a creek set for swimming with warm weather. Small rock face to jump into water from. Little cave across stream to explore. And a little zip line there as well! Large area, some coverage. Nice full toilet facility. Large sink for dishes, etc. rubbish/recycling bins. Don't think directions were quite right (our first attempt at finding took us down a dirt road with a sign marked "Try Again Rd", the correct turn-off is a little ways south of that). No one else there in April. Beautiful place to stay, highly recommended!

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Ranking: 8/10

Good camping, not free but donation !
You can have a shower at the hotel !
Plenty of spaces and shelter.
Near a nice river.
Facilities are old but clean.

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Ranking: 8/10

Perfectly functional campsite in a lovely location with really interesting walks through historic gold mine workings. Rusty relics from those pioneering times add to the interest. (Torch could be handy for exploring the deep mining trenches some of which are actually caves). Lovely river for swimming and gold panning. This is a community run campsite that is maintained by the locals to fund local projects and improve the campsite. As of March 2013 they were planning to instal a shower block and barbecue unit. What is really nice is that they charge by donation even though it's way better than many commercial sites. Hopefully people donate accordingly and it will encourage other communities to provide similar facilities. Right next to the pub for community integration!

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Ranking: 8/10

Small campground is perfect, next to a beautiful river in which one can swim + wonderful walks through the forest - ablutions not too great

Reviewed over 10 years ago