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Southern Lakes - Canterbury
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1  Puhi Puhi Campsite Adult $8, Child $4
This is a small DOC campsite away from the main road in a very peaceful and surprisingly picturesque surrounding. Handy to a small scenic bush walk and a river with a coarse gravel riverbed.


2  Omihi Reserve Campsite Temporarily CLOSED
Closed due to the 2016 earthquake. This is a small campsite alongside the main highway and right on the Kaikoura coast. Great sea views, sunsets and sunrises, along with the very real possibility of dolphins. Plus sea fishing and rock pools.


3  Paia Point Campsite Temporarily CLOSED
Closed due to the 2016 earthquake. This is a small campsite alongside the main highway and right on the Kaikoura coast. Great sea views, sunsets and sunrises, along with the very real possibility of dolphins. Plus sea fishing and rock pools.

This is a semi alpine DOC campsite next to Lake Tennyson. It is inland from Hanmer Springs. The lake offers trout fishing, boating, kayaking and walking.


5  Deer Valley Campsite Adult $8, Child $4
This is a semi alpine DOC campsite surrounded by beech forest next to the Lewis river. It is in close proximity to the St James walkway.


This is a semi alpine DOC camping ground. Access is via 4WD and is 8km further inland from the Lake Taylor campsite. The lake provides freshwater fishing.


7  Lake Taylor Campsite Adult $8, Child $4
This is a semi alpine DOC campsite next to Lake Taylor. It is inland from Waikari. The location offers fishing, boating, kayaking, mountain biking and walking.


This is an inland campground with access to good facilities.


9  Balmoral Recreational Reserve $5 per family
This is an inland campground next to the Hurunui river, which provides some fishing and recreational opportunities.


10  Waikari Reserve Camping Ground $10 per person
This is an inland campground with access to good recreational facilities.


11  Hurunui River Mouth Reserve $10 per site
This is a river mouth campground. River and sea fishing opportunities.


12  Motunau Beach Camping Ground $10 per site
This is a near seaside camp area, which is also next to a semi tidal part of the Motunau river. Sea fishing and recreational opportunities.

13  Avalanche Creek Shelter Campsite Adult $8, Child $4, Infants Free
This is a small alpine DOC campsite nestled between the railway line and the highway, with access to several good tramping tracks.

This is a very small semi alpine DOC campsite alongside the main highway and the train track.

This is a semi alpine DOC campsite next to the braids of the Bealey river and alongside the main highway. It is a very scenic campsite.

This is a semi alpine DOC campsite with access to several good tramping tracks.


This is a very small semi alpine DOC campsite on rough ground with access to several good alpine tramping tracks and huts.

This is a semi alpine DOC campsite alongside a high country lake and the main highway. Freshwater fishing and bird watching opportunities.


19  Craigieburn Shelter Campsite Adult $8, Child $4, Infants Free
This is a semi alpine DOC campsite with access to beech forest and some really good mountain biking opportunities. This is the closest site to the rock climbing rocks of Castle Hill and Flock Hill rocks.


20  Kowai Pass Domain Camping Ground Adult $5, Child Free
This is an inland camping ground bordered with mature trees in a grassy domain with access to good facilities, which are lovingly cared for by the locals. Tennis courts and a cool playground.


21  Wooded Gully (Mt Thomas) Campsite Adult $8, Child $4, Infants Free
This is a DOC campsite with access to several good tramping tracks.

This is a very basic DOC camping ground. Long drop toilet. This is on private forestry land and can be off limits during dry times. The campsite is alongside the Grey river. Features include beech forest walks, a tiny Lake Janet and a summit walk to the top of Mt Grey.


23  Amberley Beach Camping Ground Adult $5, Child $2
This is a seaside camping ground with access to several good recreational facilities.


24  Leithfield Beach Motor Camp Adult $10, Child $6, Infants Free   
This is a seaside camping ground with access to good facilities. Playgrounds, paddling pool, tennis courts and biking. Sea fishing also available.


25  Rakaia Gorge Camping Ground Adult $10, Child 12yrs free
The seasonal camping ground is located above the Rakaia river with access to basic, but very tidy facilities. River fishing available.

This is a back country camping ground on the edge of Lake Clearwater. Permitted activities include non-motorised water sports like windsurfing, kite surfing, kayaking and swimming if you're brave. Mountain biking and walks abound.


27  Lake Camp Camping Ground Adult $5
This is a back country camping on the edge of Lake Camp. Permitted activities on the lake include powerboating, boating, water skiing and swimmingMountain biking and walks abound.


This is a riverside and roadside environment. Maximum stay is 2 nights.


31  Pigeon Bay Camping Ground $15 per site
This is a seaside camping ground, which provides sea fishing and boating opportunities. Kayaking, boating and a tramp along the farmers vehicle track to the eastern head of Pigeon Bay.

This is a lakeside environment alongside the large, but shallow Lake Ellesmere.


34  Rakaia Huts Camping Reserve Adult $5, Child $2, Infants Free
This is a river mouth environment nestled in a sheltered reserve near the Rakaia. River and the sea. Sea fishing opportunities. Short term camping only.


35  Hakatere Camping Reserve Adult $5
This is a river mouth environment above the Havelock river, which meanders from Ashburton to the sea. Sea and river fishing opportunities. Diverse bird life.


36  Rangitata River Mouth Camping Ground Adult $7.50, Child $2, Infants Free
This is a seasonal seaside camping ground on the north bank of the Rangitata river. Access to a few good recreational activities, as well as river and sea fishing for whitebait and salmon.


37  Orari Gorge Campsite Adult $8, Child $4, Infants Free
This is a DOC campsite within a remnant of podocarp forest alongside a stream. Access to a few bush walks.


38  Waihi Gorge Campsite Adult $8, Child $4, Infants Free
This is a DOC campsite located on the banks of the Waihi River. The campsite is a popular picnic spot surrounded by native forest.

There are three areas of basic camping alongside the Te Moana river. The gorge itself provides a natural plunge jump pool for the brave.


40  Pioneer Park Campsite Adult $8, Child $4, Infants Free
This is a DOC campsite in an open but sheltered area. Access to a few short walks and some historic relics.


41  White Horse Hill Campsite Adult $13, Child $6.50, Infants Free
This is an alpine DOC campsite with access to numerous good tramping tracks within very spectacular surroundings.


42  Mt Nimrod Campsite Adult $8, Child $4, Infants Free
This is a quiet DOC campsite next to the Hunter Hills with access to a short walks to some podocarp remnant forest.


43  Otaio Gorge Campsite Adult $8, Child $4, Infants Free
This is a DOC campsite in a scenic reserve beside a forest. River swimming available.


44  Coes Ford
This is a riverside environment and the camping is in tree sheltered, paddock like areas.


This is a riverside environment alongside the Selwyn-Waikirikiri river and the camping is in tree sheltered areas.


46  YMCA Wainui Park Adult $12.50, Child $6
This is a camping ground at Wainui opposite Akaroa, with a few simple amenities. It can sometimes be booked out for events, so check first before just turning up.


47  Okains Bay Sefton Reserve Adult $12, Child $6, Infants Free
This camping ground is located in Okains Bay right next to the beach and the camping is among the mature pine trees. Heaps of tent sites, but no powered sites. There are good modern amenities, including kitchens, freezers and washing machines. A river, small caves, playground and a small cycle track. Just up the road is a museum and store.


48  Whitecliffs Domain Adult $4, Child $2
This is a popular and very picturesque riverside environment alongside the upper Selwyn river and the camping is in tree sheltered areas. This is a seasonal camping ground.


49  Greta Valley Camping Ground Adult $12, Child
This is a camping ground near to the main highway, which provides some basic amenities. 
If the cook doesn't feel like cooking, then there is a pub within a gumboots throw.


50  Okiwi Bay Campsite Temporarily CLOSED
Closed due to the 2016 earthquake. This is a DOC campsite next to the main road and a railway line and right on the Kaikoura coast.



This camping ground is set in the Mt Somers Domain. Comes with a kids playground, tennis courts and a summer pool. Facilities include a small kitchen, toilets, showers and a laundry.


53  Gore Bay Camping Ground Adult $14, Child $10
Gore Bay has three camping sites. All sites are managed by the same crowd. Two of the sites are next to the sea and the other is up the hill. Facilities include a small kitchen, toilets and showers.


54  Little Akaloa Domain $12 per site
This is a very basic small domain with toilets and next to a couple of tennis courts. The beach is just 200m down the road.


55  Alpine Holiday Apartments & Campground Adult $13, Child $6.50
This fully featured camping ground is just 2kms from Hanmer Springs. Handy to mountain biking tracks, walks, golf and the thermal pools.


58  Lake Heron Camping Ground $10 per site
This is a seasonal camping ground on the edge of Lake Heron. Only paddled craft are permitted on the lake. Fishing opportunities.


59  Blue Skies Adult $12, Child $6
This is a fully featured camping ground in the heart of Kaiapoi. It is generally used by Scouts, school groups and corporate organisations who can also hire out the confidence course etc for an extra fee.


60  St. Andrews Reserve $15 per site
Plenty of good amenities among basic surroundings. A simple childres playground. Handy to the St Andrews golf course.


61  Kowhai Flat $2 per site
Camp alongside the upper reaches of the Rakaia river in an exposed but open spaced environment with just long drop toilets. Freshwater fishing available.


63  Rangiora Leigh Camp Adult $12.50, Child $5, Infants Free
Plenty of open spaces and a playground. Cooking and laundry facilities. Pets by arrangement.


65  Acheron Accommodation House Camping Ground Adult $8, Child $4
This is a remote DOC campsite next to the old Acheron Accommodation House. It is only open if the Acheron road is open.

Tent sites among accommodation that has been converted from old railway carriages. Full amenities available. Close proximity to several vineyards.
68  Riverlands Holiday Park Adult $12, Child $5
Tent sites within a holiday park with full amenities. Includes a 9 hole chip and putt golf course. Within walking distance of the Woodford Glen Speedway and the Waimakariri river. 

The camping ground is next to the Motukarara Race Course in a peaceful sheltered tree setting. It has a playground with a tree hut. A free BBQ. It is 500m from the Rail Trail bike circuit.

70  Winchester Motor Camp Adult $7.50, Child $5
Good amenities next to a reserve with plenty of space. Handy to a school pool and a tennis court for a small fee.


73  Rangiora Eco Holiday Park Adult $9
The camping ground provides a full kitchen, a playground, trampoline and a semi covered swimming pool.


74  Awaroa Godley Head campsite Adult $13, Child $6.50
This is DOC campsite perched on top of Godley Head with scenic ocean views and access to several exposed walks.


This is a very basic DOC campsite next to a beautiful beech forest in a large, flat area.


A very basic DOC campsite in a picturesque setting.


77  Lake Middleton campsite (Lake Ohau) Adult $8, Child $4
This is a DOC campsite which offers a good base to walks and mountain biking in the Lake Ohau area. It gets downgraded to a basic campsite during the coldest six months of the year.


A very basic campsite next to the Ahuriri River under the shade of willow trees with access to walks and fishing.


79  Boyle campsite Adult $8, Child $4
A very basic DOC campsite within the surrounds of a kānuka forest and near to the start of the St James walkway.



Southern Tent Sites

A  Ohau C Campsite Adult $10 (Site $20)
This is a lakeside campsite with plenty of swimming, boating, water-skiing, canoeing, picnics, tramping and fishing. Wheelchair friendly.


B  Falstone Creek Campsite Adult $10 (Family $20)
This is a lakeside camp site with plenty of swimming, boating, water-skiing, canoeing, picnics, tramping and fishing.


C  Briar's Gully Campsite Adult $10 ($20 per site)
This is a lakeside campsite with plenty of swimming, boating, water-skiing, canoeing, picnics, walks and fishing.


D  Loch Laird Campsite Adult $10 (Family $20)
This is a lakeside campsite with plenty of swimming, boating, canoeing, picnics, tramping and fishing.


E  Wildlife Reserve Campsite Adult $10 (Family $20)
This is a lakeside campsite with plenty of swimming, canoeing, picnics, tramping and fishing. Wheelchair friendly.


F  Otematata Boat Harbour Adult $10 (Family $20)
This is a lakeside campsite with plenty of swimming, boating, water-skiing, canoeing, picnics, tramping and fishing.


G  Parsons Rock Campsite Adult $10 (Family $20)
This is a lakeside campsite with plenty of swimming, boating, water-skiing, canoeing, picnics, tramping and fishing.


H  Te Akatarawa Reserve Adult $10 ($20 per site)
This is a lakeside campsite with plenty of swimming, boating, water-skiing, canoeing, picnics, walks and fishing.


I  Waitangi Reserve Campsite Adult $10 ($20 per site)
This is a lakeside campsite with plenty of swimming, boating, water-skiing, canoeing, picnics, walks and fishing.


J  Fishermans Bend Campsite Adult $10 ($20 per site)
This is a lakeside campsite with plenty of swimming, boating, water-skiing, canoeing, picnics, walks and fishing.


K  Benmore Views Camping Ground Adult $12 ($30 per family)
This is a lakeside camping ground with plenty of swimming, boating, water-skiing, canoeing, picnics and fishing. This is a well maintained private camping ground with good facilities.


L  Haldon Arm Reserve $20 per family
This is a lakeside camping ground with plenty of swimming, boating, water-skiing, canoeing, picnics and fishing.