Gore Bay Camping Ground

Gore Bay Camping Ground



22 Rankers Reviews

10 Face-to-Face

59 Camping Grounds

36 Kaikoura



A great location right on the beach - along both sides of the road with great views along the coast. Sites are separated by hedges and facilities are awesome with showers, kitchen and laundry.

The beach is safe for swimming and fishing.

This campsite as well as Buxton up the road are managed by the same crew - fees are payable to them. Primo.


Feature Value Info


South IslandKaikoura RegionKaikoura


  • Camping Grounds




  • Powered Sites

    Base Rate (2 persons) $30/day
    Extra Adult $15/day
    Extra Child $10/day
    Extra Preschooler $5/day
  • Unpowered Sites

    Base Rate (2 persons) $28/day
    Extra Adult $15/day
    Extra Child $10/day
    Extra Preschooler $5/day


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Terri's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Stayed on a powered site, didn't use the kitchen except to do dishes and found it small. But great location, ocean views, small park with swings just down the road. Showers were nice, good pressure capped at 4mins. Not far to cheviot if you need supplies. No cell reception. Older camp site but worth the stop.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Joanna du Toit

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Nice and basic sites. 5minute showers. Hot water is limited. Slightly crowded on warm days and school breaks. Locals love this place.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in May 2016

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Kath Dawson

Ranking: 7/10

Great views, showers were tepid - not good for this time of year, wouldn't matter in the summer, washing machines but no dryer. Kitchen area basic and a small one. Plus is that there is a heart fibrillator for those who may need one and also the beach is right there.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Alarna Thomas

Ranking: 4/10

We drove in to Gore Bay excited by the reviews but when we got there, there were only washing machines and no dryers so we were very disappointed. Facilities were very basic and perhaps not worth $30 per night for two people on a powered site. The location of the site was amazing though.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Ives van Neck


Ranking: 7/10

Bit hard to find, but at the end of the village. When we were there it was full, felt a bit cramped. Charming owner and clean lavatories. Next to the beach and reachable through a scenic drive. Small kitchen, people needed to wait to do the dishes. Park was full so felt cramped.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Dan Kelley

Ranking: 7/10

Great site along the Gore Bay Scenic drive. Had to strategically park campervan to avoid muddy areas which was about 1/4 of the grass field. Only complaint was that hot water to bathrooms was out of service but management was on it and had someone looking into in the morning.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Robert Warner

United States

Ranking: 10/10

As other reviewers have said, Gore Bay is a throwback to the classic Kiwi campgrounds. It is very well-maintained by the camp hosts Sue and Kerry are the nicest people you could meet.

The campground is small, but right on the cliff above Gore Bay with a short stairway to the beach. It's a beautiful beach, and wonderful location. We would definitely go back.

Only downside for us was the lack of wifi or cellphone service, so we had to go into Cheviot to make some communications. This would not have been a problem in the previous five weeks, but we were finishing up our journey, and had some details to wrap up. As it would not have been a problem but for the timing of our stay, I still give Gore Bay a 10.

Thank you for a wonderful, relaxing two night stay!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Kimberley Garrod

Ranking: 10/10

Spent two nights here great site. The manager who looks after the site Kerry really lovely chap very helpful and friendly had a lovely chat with him. Nice site lovely views on the the most amazing beach and cliffs. Lovely walk along the beach. Good showers and nice and hot and toilet areas really clean and tidy. Good kitchen area however we are self contained so did not use this area. We did a bit of surfing here great fun and even saw a few seals sunbathing at the beach late afternoon. Also a shower as you walk back up to the campsite perfect after going for a swim in the sea. Lovely local people very friendly.

No dump area available but one close by in the nearest town area very close to four shop you will need to keep eyes peeled in the most strangest on places by the side of the road outside someone's house.

Electric hook up / 2 people $24.00 a night so worth it. We did not book this site in advance but people do book this site up especially over Christmas time so if your wanting to stay at this location worth a call at Christmas was lots of space second week of December for us. Highly recommend this site.

Reviewed over 5 years ago