Koha Experience

Koha Experience

Koha Experience


27 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

1 Outside the Square

3 Basic Camping

1 Motueka



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


An oasis by the river

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.


Feature Value Info


South IslandNelson RegionMotueka


  • Basic Camping
  • Outside the Square



  • Overnight Stay

    Price per vehicle $50/day


Showing 13 reviews of 27.

Amanda's avatar


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 22 days 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 7 months ago

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Emma and Ray

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely stunning place!!!

Reviewed 8 months 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 10 months 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 12 months 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 about 1 year 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 1 year ago

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Adrian Trumper

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

A wee corner of heaven on the banks of The Motueka river. Beautiful grounds and gardens tended with love by the legendary Don. This is simple abundance at its best.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Patricia, Norbert, Sam and Jo

Ranking: 10/10

We found Don's place accidently and were warmly invited. A really nice and cosy place at the river. There everything ou need for a stay. We even received veggies fresh and tasty right from the crops. Yummy! Don is a wonderful host. Thanx! ;-))

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Sjoerd Tolsma

Ranking: 10/10

Don is the most wonderful host we have met during our first 1.5 weeks in NZ. He welcomed us with fresh vegetables from his organic garden. And later brought us some fresh peaches. The sites are spacious and each has its own water-tap and picnic table. There is even an electrical point where you can charge your electrical devices. The view across the river is fantastic. Would definitely recommend this place.

Reviewed over 2 years ago