Jacksons Retreat Campervan Holiday...



162 Rankers Reviews

45 Face-to-Face

16 Camping Grounds

14 Dump Station

6 Arthur's Pass



Modern, Large & Comfortable Kitchen, Dining & Lounge
Amenities Block
On-Site Walking Tracks to Quartz Mine & Glow Worm Waterfall
Inquisitive, Cheeky NZ Native Weka
Birdsong to wake you
Modern Kitchen
Locally designed "Up cycling" sculptures around the Park
Glow Worm Waterfall
One or Many
1980's True Kiwi Camping - Caravan sleeping 3
1980's True Kiwi Camping - Caravan
Beautifully Appointed Bathrooms
Stunning Private Tent/Non-Powered Sites
Undercover Tent Site - Great for wet days for any days
All snug as a bug
The Barn Accommodation - Large Lounge, Dining + Log Fire
Powered, Non Powered, RV/Camper/Tent Sites
Stunning Park views
The Barn - Picnic + BBQ + Southern Alps
Night Sky
Glow Worm adventure - exclusive to park guests only
Kiwi Cabin - Sleeping 4


So Much to See So Much to Do - 1 Night isn't enough! Guests enjoy exclusive enjoyment of our Ngariumu Walking Track - 100% Pure NZ Native Rain forest, Waterfall, 1860's Quartz Mine site & your next nighttime adventure has to be to see our Glow Worm dells


Jackson's Retreat Alpine Holiday Park is the only Camper van, Caravan, Motor home & Camping Park on the Great Alpine Highway 73 linking Christchurch on the East Coast with the ever changing and beautifully diverse West Coast & Glacial region.

MUST SEE......MUST DO......exclusive and only available to park guests

GLOW WORMS - your next night time adventure FREE for park guests - check out our Facebook page to see some exceptional photo's taken by campers.
NGARIMU WALKING TRACK - FREE for park guests - Waterfall, 1860's Quartz Mine site & Relics or just paddle in the crystal clear steams or take a dip in the waterfall's natural swimming hole.
100% Pure New Zealand native rain forest ready for you to explore and enjoy what nature has on offer.
Check out our night time sky the stars are amazing, crystal clear and seem so close you could touch them.
Bird watching, we have so many species of Native birds and their chorus in the morning will ensure you up early to catch that worm!

Our accommodation options are: Kiwi Cabin - Standard 4 Berth 1x Queen Bed + 2x Single (Bunk), Self-contained Unit - Sleeping 8 persons 3x separate bedrooms, 1980's Retro Caravan - 1x Double Bed + 1x Single/Settee, Powered Motorhome, Caravan, Campervan or Pitch your Tent & Non powered camp sites.

Exclusive to Jackson's and found no where else in New Zealand we also have our innovative Large Covered Barns each with private bays, fresh water, 240v power and a panoramic window to take in the alpine or river views while of course keeping you dry or shaded from the beautifully unpredictable West Coast rain forest weather, so park up your vehicle or you can rent our already pitched tents that are ready to go!

Camp facilities for all guests enjoyment include a Qualmark 5* modern Self-catering Kitchen complete with pots, pans, cutlery, and crockery, Large comfortable lounge and dining area complete with TV and log fire, Beautifully appointed spacious heated bathrooms with exceptional HOT FREE showers. We can also offer a large mobility access facility, coin-operated laundry facilities, washing line and pegs, FREE BBQ & Pizza Oven, FREE adult bike usage for guests,highchair, WIFI, DVD's available, and on-site dump/waste station.

Visit our Camp Pantry for your basic, or not so basic, camping supplies - order fresh home made bread, our own free range eggs, and also from our own tunnel house seasonal veges.

The Jackson's Team are extremely proud of our awards, we welcome and thank you in advance for your comments and views. Winner of multiple Rankers Awards – voted by travellers like you.

Jackson's Retreat Alpine Holiday Park is located 33km west of Arthur's Pass, 33km due South of the township of Moana and the locally famous Lake Brunner which is full of the locals best kept secret – trout on your doorstep.

Travelling from Christchurch you'll be crossing Arthur's Pass - the most spectacular pass in the South Island and you will find us 33km's West from the township, the perfect place to stop for a night or several, is this your first night in NZ? welcome we hope you have a wonderful holiday and we would welcome you to enjoy our Park, or is this your last night in NZ? we hope you leave with many happy memories and we would love to be your last Holiday Park experience.

Set on fifteen acres of beautifully terraced 100% pure NZ Native Rain forest, extensive views of the mighty Taramakau River, snow capped mountains of the Southern Alps, Waterfalls and guests can enjoy exclusive access to our Ngarimu Walking Track.
Don’t just spend a night, enjoy our beautiful park for as long as your travels plans can allow, get to know the locals – the very inquisitive and cheeky resident Wekas, and NZ native Kereru (wood pigeon), listen to the chorus of Bellbird's and Tui's and if you're extremely lucky our onsite Kiwis may take a peek at you from under the cover of darkness and a Kea or two might fly over your campsite!

Owners Darren and Toni welcome you and are here to help you plan your extended stay or day trip, or advise on local attractions. This unique holiday park is Supreme Winner of Rankers Traveller Voted Awards 3 years running.

Please ensure the Rankers discount voucher is presented on arrival for discounts to be valid. Discount is applicable to the Standard Site nightly tariff & is not applicable to additional guest charges.

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Feature Value Info


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  • Dump Station
  • Camping Grounds

Operating Season And Hours

Check In - 2pm to 9pm
Departure Check Out - 10am

Phone to arrange requirements outside the above times - we will try to accommodate your travel plans.
Access to the Park is closed after 9pm
Early check in arrangements will incur charges.





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    Under Cover Powered Sites

    Shelter from the beautifully unpredictable West Coast weather in your Motorhome - Caravan - Campervan - RV - Pitch your Tent or even Park you Car

    Under Cover Site - Motorhome, Caravan, Campervan, RV or your own Tent $60/day
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    Powered Sites

    Private, Spacious and stunning Views

    Powered Site - Motorhome, Caravan, Campervan, pitch your Tent or Park up your Car $50/day
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    Non Powered Sites

    Situated in and around the upper terrace with exceptional views or tucked into the side of the Rain Forest

    Non Powered Sites $46/day
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    Self Contained Unit - Sleeping up to 8 Persons

    It's a get away from it all for 1, two or come with many and share.

    "The Barn" Self Contained Apartment - Sleeping up to 8/ Persons $180/day
    Extra Adult $35/day
    Extra Child 0-12 years $25/day
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    Under Cover Tent Site

    Arrive in the pouring Rain, Tent is pitched and ready to Go

    Pitched & Ready to Go - Rain, Snow or SunShine $65/day
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    "The Moa Cabin"

    Moa Cabin

    Standard cabin sleeping 4 guests

    "The Moa Cabin" $120/day
    Moa Cabin $120/day
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    "The Kiwi Cabin"

    Standard cabin sleeping 2 guests

    Kiwi Cabin - Sleeps 2 $115/day

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Adrian Macdonald's avatar

Adrian Macdonald


Ranking: 9/10

Great toilet/showers. The share kitchen is great as well. The opportunity to see glow worms was great as well, just be careful in the area past the gate, as in the dark we went a bit too far, and almost got lost.

Reviewed 6 days ago

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Matilda's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful stay!!
Lovely welcome in Jackson. Many informations about the walks we can do around.
Big powered site with a table just next to it.
Nice and well equipped kitchen.
There was a fire inside the living room and some confortable sofa’: comfy place to relax.
Bbq area!
Beautiful nature around. Glow worms and waterfalls.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Sir Ed

New Zealand

Ranking: 1/10

Location was great and the facilities were impressive. Unfortunately the hosts were really rude so I would not reccomend.

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in February 2019

Jacksons Retreat Campervan Holiday Park responds:

Thank you for your review on both Rankers & Trip Advisor

Hello Guy Brown & Family, thank you for your comments regarding our location and facilities, unfortunately we didn't meet your expectations regarding the rest of your stay.

Your stay with us in Feb 2019 was for 1 Undercover Tent site but you decided that your family needed more room and took up 3 sites.
You arrived in your hired electric car with no way of charging your vehicle or understanding what is actually required. We assisted you and provided you with the correct legal power leads and plugs at no charge.
When you took it upon yourself to help yourselves to property that was clearly not intended for your use, yes our dismay and total disbelief that a guest could possibly think that this was ok was obviously evident and compounded by the fact that we had helped you and not left you to be towed back to Christchurch.
Due to your stay we have had to review our company policy regarding electric vehicles.
Other campers don't get a free tank of fuel and now no longer will electric vehicles.
NZ is full of stunning Freedom camping sites but not sure they have the facilities for electric vehicles.

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Sarah Everett's avatar

Sarah Everett


Ranking: 10/10

Best place we stayed on the South Island. Beautiful views, campsite perfectly set out and very well looked after. Running streams and Bush walk to waterfall right there. Great lounge area with fire and very well equipped kitchen. Bathrooms were the best. Stay here if you can.

Reviewed 6 months ago

JM's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

The best Campervan holidays park for us during our 2 weeks trip on South Island .
Great location , nice waterfall to see ( 30 minutes walk from the back door of the site )
Friendly people .

Reviewed 6 months ago

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David's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

This has definitely been the best holiday park we've been to during our trip. The bathrooms are really clean and the kitchen area is fully equiped with pots, pans, and some condiments. The staff was really welcoming and you even get to do a mini glowworm tour! If every holiday park in NZ was as nice as this one, I would stay forever.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Botond Seres

Ranking: 10/10

Quality as.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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kim thomas

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice, well kept up. friendly hosts. It was pouring rain when we were there so didnt get to experience glow worms! Kitchen was clean, typical costs got wifi.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Lucinda's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Super clean homely facilities with completely Lovely kitchen/ lounge and toilet/showers. Cute private areas for each campervan with picnic bench and grass. Still about 45 mins from Arthur’s pass but a fantastic place to stay

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Liz's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

What an amazing spot!

Fantastic facilities, wonderful host. Just remember to bring big spray!!

Great spot, with the sounds of the rainforest and babbling brook to fall asleep to.

Highly recommended, we will most definitely stay here again!

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Julie Barclay

Ranking: 10/10

Wow so good to find a really great campground that is run by genuine kiwis to a standard second to none. Awesome facilities and natural walks right on site. The waterfall walk was so natural walking through the native Bush. Glow worms were great. I'm not surprised it's got such positive feedback. We'll done Toni and Darren.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Jyoti's avatar


Ranking: 3/10

Well place is good.owners have automated things and made good place for their owner good and reduce their power and water Bill's nothing great but attitude is everything. The owners have forgotten that they are in hospitality business .we were running late and called to book the owner just said if you cant reach then find some other place and nothing nearby. Somehow reached there checked in .were in the common lounge to cook and eat .new place some mistake will happen. Owner on the pretext of security breaching privacy and immediately and telling off.
Visited so many holiday home no one came and checked what we were doing except this place.will never recommended this place.people who want to experience rudeness will go there. Be ready for that I spite of good place you chose.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Jacksons Retreat Campervan Holiday Park responds:

As per your review on TripAdvisor & Campermate, your family was taken to task regarding their actions which you obviously found offensive - we will not apologize for protecting the comfort of our other guest or our property.
Regarding you been told to find alternative accommodation options - our office is not open 24 hours for check in and again for the comfort of guests that are already on site and settled we do not encourage late check in's.

Scooper's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

This place is “the bomb”. Absolutely the best place we stayed at on the South Island. Owner/manager was lovely and helpful, and kind to our kidlets - even gave them coins to throw into maori water spirit statue. The bathrooms were SPOTLESS - wish mine at home were that clean! They were also spacious and beautifully decorated. Owner/manager apologised because bathrooms were being used as unisex due to renos in mens. Was not a problem because of cubicle sizes. Excellent laundry. And everything is done with the environment in mind - for example, they compost the used hand towels, use this to grow vegies, and you can pick up some of their fresh produce in their little reception shop. We all loved going on a bush adventure and seeing the gloworms - stay here just for this bit! Big open playground, huge mountains all around. Spacious, pebbled parking spots. Simply brilliant. Stay here if you can.

Reviewed 11 months ago and experienced in September 2018