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South IslandNelson RegionMotueka

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 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 wholistic manner that supports all biodiversity. The land, animals and humans alike. This is how Rankers and 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. There’s no pre-booking. Spaces are purposefully limited.
Just turn up and join us. 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.
- Rejuvinate.
- Rest.
- Relax.

An oasis by the river

An oasis by the river

Stay under shooting stars and a 100 year old treasure tree

Stay under shooting stars and a 100 year old treasure tree

Nice swimming spot

Nice swimming spot


15 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 2.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Tobias Hollerith


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.

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Yoana Gospodinova


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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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magdalena gomez haedo


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!

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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.

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Frederik Lambrecht

Ranking: 10/10

The very best place to stay in the Southern Hemisphere.

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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.

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Stefanie Giese


Ranking: 10/10

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