Koha Experience

Koha Experience

Koha Experience

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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 9 months 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 10 months 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 12 months ago

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Amanda

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 about 1 year 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 over 1 year ago

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Roselyn Cugliari

Australia

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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2019

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Pat Burns

Canada

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 1 year ago

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Emma and Ray

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely stunning place!!!

Reviewed almost 2 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 almost 2 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 about 2 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 about 2 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.
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Reviewed over 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 3 years ago

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Dirk Wolf

Ranking: 10/10

We have got the last place today what an opportunity! I'm sitting close to the river and and enjoying that amazing moment in the darkness with all that nature noises, absolutely lovely place, by the way totally clean toilet and powerstations to charge batteries.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Laura Brown

Ranking: 10/10

By far the most beautiful and welcoming campsite we've visited in NZ. Very clean and well maintained, with the least smelly composting toilet I've ever come across. Who needs showers when you have the most serene and cleansing river mere steps away. It was a cold afternoon for us but the water was surprisingly not too chilly. There is a diverse organic garden available to pick and choose from too. We're changing our plans just to return here!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Tobias Hollerith

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

The place to be before you die ... Stunning view over Motueka River. Water taps on each campsite, plug sockets for the community to recharge your stuff. Vegies and herbs coming directly out of the garden of the camp manager Don.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Yoana Gospodinova

Bulgaria

Ranking: 10/10

I dont think the service provided by rankers could be beaten by any other company on the island, They are always helpful and very polite.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Chadd Holland

Ranking: 10/10

Your New Zealand trip isn't complete without a night here. Set at a water hole, free wifi, clean eco-friendly toilet, comfy grassy spots to lie around and the best thing - Don! We had great conversations with Don and left with a huge basket of organic goodies from his garden and a dose of inspiration.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Peter Kozlik

Ranking: 10/10

This is the cleanest, neatest, veggiest (:-) camp spot we could find in all of New Zealand. The fact that it's free is an added bonus. Unfortunately, we just went shopping before, so we could not take any more vegetables from Don's well organized veggie patch. He's a great humorous guy who likes to talk - so if you're the grumpy kind of guy who's not talkative, this might not be the best match. Enjoy your stay if you can get a spot. This place is a true gem.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Amala Martin

Ranking: 10/10

The most beautiful campsite I've been to! Pristine river and mountain views with fruit trees scattered around and an impressive vege patch. Don is more than generous with everything he has to offer on his property. Really great guy! He's not lying when he says it fills up quick - especially around peak season. Get in early, have an afternoon swim and secure a spot. Thanks for everything Don!

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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magdalena gomez haedo

Uruguay

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing place, specially due to the lovely welcome from Don. But also because it's at the edge of a beautiful river and you have everything you need, and it's tidy and clean. Don also offered vegetables from his garden to us! A place to take care of and respect. More than grateful :) nice to know there is people like Don in this world!

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Steve Newton

Ranking: 10/10

This camping site is run by an absolute legend of the camping game who goes by the name of Don. We spent our entire time in New Zealand using the Rankers NZ Camping App and by luck stumbled into the man and myth himself who actually created the App. Upon entry to the campsite he offered free WiFi, free reign at his vegetable garden and great advice for the remaining days of our trip through the Abel Tasman National Park - all for the small cost of a few paragraphs worth of honest reviews that would help the NZ Rankers Camping App have a more substantial basis for its reviews of camping sites and activities.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Frederik Lambrecht

Ranking: 10/10

The very best place to stay in the Southern Hemisphere.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Matthew Hallowell

Ranking: 10/10

Unbelievable! When we talk to friends and family at home, we always mention the Rankers Koha. Wifi, swimming hole, power, super friendly, what more could you want? 2 year old son picked strawberries with the caretaker. Amazing.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Stefanie Giese

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Such a hidden gem. Lucky enough we got the last spot for the night. It was like home. Amazing.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Jitka Hruskova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

To arrive here it was.. Like a dream! 😊
Once upon a time.. Yes, that's the way fairytales starts.. We were so lucky to get a gift of one of that 10 beautiful car places near to the river. And as the best things in life are for free.. We have got a smile on Don's (manager of campsite) face on our arrival together with his smart humor, veggies from Don's own garden, great sunset under the river, beautiful place where to park our car with all you can even imagine.. Together with peaceful and relaxed atmosphere. You have just made our day awesome and for sure is gonna be one of our best memories and biggest magic moments we will take with us from Nz! Thank you, it was a pleasure! 😊

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Chalie Dotesek

Ranking: 10/10

Thank you Rankers! This place is amazing, Don is very helpful and friendly. We love this place and we will recommend you everywhere.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago