Koha Experience

Koha Experience


Koha Experience


30 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

2 Outside the Square

1 Camping Grounds

1 Motueka

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An oasis by the river
Stay under shooting stars and a 100 year old treasure tree
Nice swimming spot


Join Don Morrison. His vision is to provide an oasis for people to come to on their travels. He’s spent the last 7 years transforming some neglected land into what is now a special resting place for a small group of people who choose to join him.

What is planting for humanity?
Don’s vision is planting trees in a holistic manner that supports all biodiversity. The land, animals and humans alike. This is how Rankers addresses the issues around global warming and carbon emissions. A grass-roots project in action.

How do you join the Koha experience?
This isn’t mainstream tourism. Spaces are purposefully limited.
Just turn up and join us. (We're at 160 Motueka Valley Highway, Motueka)
Have a stake in this place. It’s a place for you to rest.

$50 per campervan per night

What will you do here?
- Ask Don about organic planting principles
- Pick vegetables with Don in his organic garden
- Gain local knowledge from Don’s 20+ years in the tourism trade.
- Eat the fruit and vegetables you’ve freshly picked.
- Swim at the one of the most popular river swimming spots in the area
- Watch native birds in the 100 year old Puriri tree, extremely rare in the South Island.
- Rejuvenate.
- Rest.
- Relax.


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Commercial organisation


South IslandNelson RegionMotueka


  • Camping Grounds
  • Outside the Square

Operating Season And Hours

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, Koha Experience is not open or operating.


Showing 13 reviews of 30.

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Liz Wade

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

It’s a real privilege to stay at Don’s site and receive the wonderful fruit and vegetables that grow there. It’s a beautiful spot over looking the river. There are only a few vans there and on one night we were the sole van on the site. You can swim in the river and there’s a point for plugging in devices and excellent WiFi. Nearby motueka airport has an accessible and useful dump point. The site is well placed for exploring the Abel Tasman country park and Golden Bay as well as Nelson.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Richard & Chris, UK

Ranking: 10/10

Shame we could only give 10/10. We'd make it a 12 just for the joy of Don's company! The only spot we stayed two consecutive nights on our three-week bimble around NZ. No dump site, but fresh water and a beautiful site above the river. We used the site as a base so we could visit Farewell Spit and Golden Bay. Can't speak highly enough of the welcome, the fresh fruit and veg, and the site itself.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Tanja Rombey

Ranking: 10/10

Don was absolutely lovely! Not only shared he a ton of recommendations of places to visit and things to do with us, but he also let us pick a whole pot of raspberries and a range of different veggies from his garden which tasted amazing! There is a compost toilet, fresh water and a box where you can plug in and charge your electronics. The campsite is by a river and the grass and flowerbeds are the best looked after ones you will find! Thanks, Don, for having us!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

I wish I could give this place a higher rating. If we didn't have to move on we would have stayed for more than a night. This place is a little patch of paradise, it was unbelievably beautiful. Don is very nice and friendly and is very happy to chat and recommend places to see.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Emilee & Chris

Ranking: 10/10

An immediate warm welcome from Don. Although he was not there on our arrival (he likes to be informed of your arrival date if possible from sunrise) so he can welcome you. But greeted us in the morning with a bag of veg and bag of feijoa. Can talk to Don as if we have known him for years. Happy to help with any recommendations and helped fix some small hiccups with the van. Can’t recommend enough!! Thank you Don

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Roselyn Cugliari


Ranking: 10/10

Awesome experience. View by the river was so relaxing. Don was extremely helpful and gave us lots of advice on places to go. We ended up going going back for a second night on our way back through. Highly recommend.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Geertje and Rein

Ranking: 10/10

What a lovely relaxed place and what an inspiring Don, the owner. We enyoyed it end of January a lot. Nice places next to the river. We took more then one bath and the organic garden was with surprises. In case we make again a trip to NZ we sure will visit Koha and Don again!

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2019

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Pat Burns


Ranking: 10/10

Excellent campsite! We loved the view of the river and hills. Lots of space at each site. Level gravel sites with lots of green grass, and water available. Don was very nice and gave us vegetables and peaches and let us plug in some devices. We planned to stay 2 nights and ended up staying 3 since it was so nice.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Emma and Ray

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely stunning place!!!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Pieter & Inge

Ranking: 10/10

We had a lovely welcome by Don. His campground is maintained with love and care and is perfectly situated along the river. We ate carrots, beans and unions from his vegetable garden. I think the best compliement is that we came back to thia campground after our stay in Abel Tasman to enjoy the tranquility and a swim in the river. Thank you Don, you made pur trip to NZ !

Pieter & Inge (The Netherlands)

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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ian kennedy

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

What a fantastic place, a haven of tranquility on the banks of the Motueka river. Don is a lovely and very helpful man, he gave us some great tips for the rest of our trip and they all paid off. You just have to do this if in the area.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Charlie and Michelle

Ranking: 10/10

Wow! We loved this spot. Hard to leave this beautiful place. Amazing landscaped spot for our camper van. We have rarely found a place like this on our travels. Thanks Don for your time and generosity.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Jill McGrath

Ranking: 10/10

Genuine welcome from the sweet owner, offering of fresh garden veggies and best river swimming, I feel like it should be a secret, so go find it yourself. Say hello to the owners wee crusty doggy for me. Staying here was a seriously charming experience. I wish we could have stayed longer. We’ll be back.
Happy Camping 🌿

Reviewed over 4 years ago