Jacksons Retreat Campervan Holiday...



171 Rankers Reviews

45 Face-to-Face

22 Camping Grounds

24 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


South IslandCanterburyArthur's Pass


  • 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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    Jacksons Retreat Campervan Holiday Park

    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


    Under Cover Site - Motorhome, Caravan, Campervan, RV or your own Tent

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    Jacksons Retreat Campervan Holiday Park

    Powered Sites

    Private, Spacious and stunning Views

    Powered Site - Motorhome, Caravan, Campervan, pitch your Tent or Park up your Car


    Powered Site - Motorhome, Caravan, Campervan, pitch your Tent or Park up your Car

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    Jacksons Retreat Campervan Holiday Park

    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


    Non Powered Sites

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    Jacksons Retreat Campervan Holiday Park

    Self Contained Unit - Sleeping up to 10 Persons

    The Barn

    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 10 Persons


    "The Barn" Self Contained Apartment - Sleeping up to 10 Persons

    Extra Adult


    Extra Adult

    Extra Child 0-12 years


    Extra Child 0-12 years

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    Jacksons Retreat Campervan Holiday Park

    Under Cover Tent Site

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

    Pitched & Ready to Go - Rain, Snow or SunShine

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    Jacksons Retreat Campervan Holiday Park

    "The Moa Cabin"

    Moa Cabin

    Standard cabin sleeping 4 guests

    Moa Cabin


    "The Moa Cabin"


    "The Moa Cabin"

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    Jacksons Retreat Campervan Holiday Park

    "The Kiwi Cabin"

    Standard cabin sleeping 2 guests

    Kiwi Cabin - Sleeps 2


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Showing 13 reviews of 171.

Hannah's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Really lovely owner, clean facilities, awesome camp ground

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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David's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

The best site we found on our tour of the South Island. Outstanding facilities including a fully equipped kitchen and large lounge area. The staff are very welcoming and helpful. The walks are great, the views are brilliant and the glowworms are astonishing. The night sky is amazing with no light pollution. It is quiet and peaceful and you can hear kiwi in the forests. We paid $52 and they gave us 10Gb wifi free (usually $6). Highly recommended.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Robert Adler

Ranking: 10/10

This was one of the most lovely holiday parks that we stayed at during our time in NZ. The hosts were extremely friendly, the accommodations were spacious, and the showers and kitchen were clean and well-stocked. If you need to stay near Arthur's Pass, I would highly recommend staying here.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Justin's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Wicked spot nestled in the mountains. Lots of powered sites. The stars were magnificent. Friendly owner. Glow worms a 3 min walk - cool to see at night. Probably the nicest bathrooms we saw at a camp site - looked newly renovated. A big kitchen. Also a BBQ and pizza oven (we would have bought frozen pizzas to cook knowing this).

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Liz Wade

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Good size pitches, clean facilities, helpful staff/owners. Just a pity the WiFi isn’t more effective especially since it costs extra. We’ve stayed in some really understated sites which have only cost a few dollars but where the WiFi has been included and excellent so just not sure why this isn’t always the case? It does seem that if the site operates WiFi through the iks company its’s pretty poor. I guess it’s to do with signal strength maybe? Just be careful if you do the walk up to the waterfall - we got lost on the way back down - no doubt our mistake but just be careful! With regards to facilités though, this is an excellent site.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Mika Feng

Ranking: 10/10

Best ever and its thanks to Rankers that we managed to find this perfect site with very friendly lady running it. Out of all the places we stayed this is the best.

Reviewed 8 months ago

Natalie's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

We decided to book here for wee family escape for our 5th wedding anniversary. We made the drive from Christchurch especially just to stay at this camp ground and head back home the next day. I'll start with the positives as there are a few. This camping ground is absolutely gorgeous and well kept. There are amazing tracks leading to gorgeous waterfalls and even an old quartz mine. At night time there are multiple walks to see the glow worms in their natural dells, all of the facilities are immaculate and very modern but sadly that's where the positives end for us.
We booked in off a camping app called Rankers camping after reading the blurb and seeing that it was pet friendly I booked which redirected me to their booking software where it asked all of our details including age of our children etc.. having gone through all that I had no idea how much of an inconvenience we would be to the owner. We walk to the office with our family dog on her lead and ended up being rushed at by the owner who was shocked and angry we had our dog (apparently we are the last straw for dogs being allowed their now 🤷🏼‍♀️) she stated we needed to have let them know prior that our dog was coming so after apologising profusely for not knowing that (not sure how I was supposed to know) I was handed a peice of paper saying if they found poo after we left that my card would be charged $100! she was very cold even after all of my apologies. It absolutely killed it for us and we literally sat in our tent the rest of the the day/night (which ended up flooded due to a west coast down pour all night long) my husband even picked up dog poo that wasn't from our dog so we wouldn't be charged. This place cost us $72 for a non powered site for a family of two adults and two children and it absolutely would have been worth it had the owner not been so unwelcoming. We left feeling like an inconvenience and in hindsight I wish we had left at the time of meeting her.

Reviewed 9 months ago

Jacksons Retreat Campervan Holiday Park responds:

Thank you Craig & Natalie for your unfortunate review on both Rankers & Google.
It is a shame we did not meet your expectations due to you not fully understanding our pet policy, Rankers app and our website clearly state that yes we are pet friendly but only by prior arrangement.
When Craig checked in there was still no mention time that you had a family pet/dog with you.
I'm sure as a pet/dog owner you understand that there are very few holiday parks that will now allow dogs (we are hanging in there by the skin of our teeth) and as dog lovers ourselves we try to accommodate and help out responsible pet owners. Our motto is "Never the dog's fault - not fair to blame the dog - it's always the Owner"
The only reason why our policy is in place is that some breeds we will not allow, certain times of the year no pets are allowed and for the comfort of your pet and family we have certain sites that we prefer dogs to be in to ensure privacy and that the dogs do not disturb other guests, we are trying to accommodate all guests.
You were not rushed at and the piece of paper you were handed also lets you know where you can exercise your pet off their lead. All sites where pets have been are checked on departure and yes if you are not responsible we will charge you. Was I angry or again disappointed that irresponsible owners ruin it for others.
If you feel that for these reasons we were unreasonable and our Park deserves a 1 start review, for this we do not apologize.

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Ayesha Solomon

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing place. Incredible views. Beautifully and thoughtfully organised and laid out. Tables on grass next to each van pitch designed for privacy and views. So clean. Wonderful kitchen. Lots of little touches like fresh herbs for use in the kitchen! Toni the owner is lovely really helpful and friendly. She goes the extra mile to maintain standards! She even makes tasty fresh bread to order. It was chilly and wet but we loved it. Best place we stayed on South Island.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Adam's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice spot to stay. Good facilities and great to have glow worms on site - adults and kids both enjoyed this. Sites are a little exposed, but otherwise good.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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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 12 months ago

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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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


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 over 1 year ago