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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.

Cost
$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.

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

Jill McGrath's avatar

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 5 months 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 5 months ago

Patricia, Norbert, Sam and Jo's avatar

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 5 months 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year ago

Chadd Holland's avatar

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 2 years ago

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Peter Kozlik's avatar

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 2 years ago

Amala Martin's avatar

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 over 2 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 over 2 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 over 2 years ago

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

Jill McGrath's avatar

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 5 months ago

Adrian Trumper's avatar

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 5 months ago

Patricia, Norbert, Sam and Jo's avatar

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 5 months ago

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Sjoerd Tolsma's avatar

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 1 year ago

Dirk Wolf's avatar

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 1 year ago

Laura Brown's avatar

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 1 year ago

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Tobias Hollerith's avatar

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 over 1 year ago

Yoana Gospodinova's avatar

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 over 1 year ago

Chadd Holland's avatar

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 2 years ago

Camping NZ App Icon

Camping NZ App

Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

Download from the App Store Download Android app on Google Play

Peter Kozlik's avatar

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 2 years ago

Amala Martin's avatar

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 over 2 years ago

magdalena gomez haedo's avatar

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 over 2 years ago

Steve Newton's avatar

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 over 2 years ago