Council Campgrounds

Where Can I Camp?

The following campgrounds provide self-contained and non-self-contained services for campers:

  • Rangitata River Mouth
  • Ashburton Holiday Park
  • Rakaia Gorge
  • Hakatere

Rangitata River Mouth

Situated on the north bank of the Rangitata River mouth, the camping ground has 24 powered caravan sites and considerable space available for non-powered camp sites. Kitchen, laundry and ablution blocks are provided. It has some recreational facilities – tennis, quoits and volleyball areas.

The camping ground has become a very popular area for people fishing for salmon and whitebait and increasingly for families seeking a quiet holiday.

The camp operates from August 1 to March 31. The nearest shopping is at Hinds.

​Camp Fees:​Unpowered​$15.00 2 people per day
$550.00 Season for 91 days
​​Powered​$17.00 2 people per day
Seasonal​$630 (91 days = $6.92 per night)
​Storage​$1.50 Unpowered
$4.00 Powered
​​$6.00 extra adult per day
 $2.00 per child (​​5-15 years) per day
​Children 1-5 years free

For more information please call Allan Storrie on 027 350 1831 or Denise Storrie on 021 201 5985. 

Ashburton Holiday Park

This park is situated in the Tinwald Domain, accessed off Maronan Road. The camp has 20 powered sites, 25 non-powered sites, three cabins (sleeps six) and a backpackers area (sleeps 20). Kitchen, ablution and laundry facilities are available.

The camp is adjacent to the domain's attractions including the Plains historical and vintage railway, the Lynn Woodworking Museum, the vintage car club, tennis courts, swimming pool, cycle challenge track, miniature railway and the lake.

 The camp is about five minutes from the Tinwald shopping centre and about 10 minutes drive from Lake Hood.

 For more information, call (03) 308 6805 or visit their website

Rakaia Gorge

Situated on the South Terrace of the Upper Rakaia River, the camp contains 48 non powered sites over an area of about 2.2 hectares. The camp is accessed off the Inland Scenic Route immediately south of the Rakaia "high bridge".


The camp is leased to Rakaia Gorge Camp Society and they can be contacted at (03) 302 9353.

The camp is very popular with fishermen and is an ideal stop for travellers on the Inland Scenic Route. Nearest shopping is at Methven.

The camp area affords magnificent views over the braided river.

There is a Site Supervisor October to April inclusive. At other times an honesty box system applies.

Camp fees are $7.50 per person. It is free for children under 12.

Hot showers are available during season included in camp fee.


The camping area at Hakatere is located towards end of the road opposite the Hall and entrance into the Lower Hut settlement. Camping is also permitted in the upper Reserve area adjacent to nosey parker point.

Only public toilets are provided at this site.

Camp fees (GST inclusive) are:

  • $5 per night
  • $20 per week
  • $10 for storage only per week

Reserve Areas

Lake Clearwater

Situated on the South end of Lake Clearwater immediately adjoins to the hut sites. A basic reserve area where overnight camping is permitted. Toilet, water (required to be boiled for drinking) and a hall are provided in the Lake Clearwater side but can be used by all campers.

Lake Clearwater Reserve has an honesty box provided. The camp fee is $4/night.

Lake Clearwater has great views of both lakes and mountains. Jet boating is permitted on Lake Camp.

Kowhai Flat

Situated on a private farm (Redcliff Station) land approximate 27KM northwest of Methven – please follow the signs along the road. Onsite facilities are very basic long drop toilets. Camp fee $2/night. Campers can access the Rakaia River for fishing activities.

Rakaia Huts Reserve

At Rakaia Hut accessed off Kingsburys Road, some sites are available at "donation rate levels". Camping is permitted overnight but not long term. Toilet facilities only are provided.

Taylor Stream, Bowyers Stream and Hinds River at north of Mayfield
These are basically picnic areas but overnight stay is permitted with self-contained caravan. Each of these locations is adjacent to the highway. Toilet facilities are provided.


Page reviewed: 03 May 2016 11:59am