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Little River Campground

287 Okuti Valley Road, Little River 7591 New Zealand
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A peaceful, relaxing campground with powered campervan and tent sites and plus basic cabins at the gateway to Banks Peninsula 45minutes from the city and airport on a sealed flat road. 30minutes to Akaroa. Nestled in the secluded picturesque Okuti Valley with private native bush reserve to explore plus slippery slides & in-ground trampoline. The perfect place to start or finish your holiday. No hills to travel over, ideal for first day campervan drivers. The owners are happy to help you plan and suggest the best places to see on the peninsula and the South Island.
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A Tripadvisor Member wrote a review Nov 2021
This is the most wonderful campground I ever stayed at. It offers many private nooks as well as gathering spaces. The river is perfect for a quick dip on a hot day and the walks on the property are full of treasures. It feels like a playground for all ages. Just an hour away from Christchurch it offers the perfect weekend escape! I'll be back for sure!
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Joanne M wrote a review Apr 2021
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A nice little campground set in the native Bush. Was a little dissapointed as I was hoping to see the beautiful sunset and water views in the pictures, but that's very misleading its in a gully so you need to walk to the top of a trail to see any views. There are only 2 womens composting long drop toilets, no rubbish bins and it's an additional $2 for a shower. If tenting you also have to leave your car out on the road and carry all your gear into your campsite. Fun for kids but was very noisy at night with rowdy people until midnight.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Marcus Puentener, Owner at Little River Campground
Responded 23 Sep 2021
Hi Joanne, thanks for taking the time to review the campground. I'd like to clarify some of your comments. We are beside a little river, with native bush surrounding, so views are of this. If you walk up the hill you do get lake views, the photos are taken from our 'lake view'. We are not beside the lake though. It sounds like you stayed on a busy weekend, where we do ask cars are parked in the carpark 50m from the camp areas. This is to keep the camp safer for the kids. We are a family friendly campground and our noise policy is no noise after 10.30pm. The toilets are a composting system, as it saves water, is better for the environment. We are a zero waste camp so the rubbish you bring with you needs to go home with you. I hope readers of this review understand the issues you raise. Thanks Marcus
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crazyjo73 wrote a review Feb 2021
Rotorua, New Zealand33 contributions1 helpful vote
This is my new favourite camping destination. Set in beautiful surroundings it has loads to do, biking, walking or simply relaxing. It's family friendly and we loved the slide and fire, it's great to have some good old fashioned entertainment that bought the whole camp together. Markus the host is knowledgeable, and thoughtfully placed us on a busy long weekend. The showers are $2 for 5 minutes and the best showers I've had in a camp ground, loads of water and lovely and clean. Fresh flowers and beautiful art in the toilets we're a lovely touch. I almost didn't review this campground as I don't want to many people to find out about this amazing little spot.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Marcus Puentener, Owner at Little River Campground
Responded 23 Sep 2021
Thanks for deciding to review our campground, so the secret is out there! We love it you noticed all the additional things we try and do to make the place more home like. It is only for a few weekends that we are busy, so most of the time there are sites to choice from- sunny, sheltered, under the trees or near the playground. Thanks again and maybe we'll see you again, Marcus
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490peterj wrote a review Nov 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand79 contributions7 helpful votes
Nice site but if you use composting toilets you have to have adequate for busy times especially when weather is hot. Also a pain not having vehicle on site nice setting pathetic wireless internet. Great idea mud slide and bonfire for children
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Marcus Puentener, Owner at Little River Campground
Responded 3 Jan 2021
Thanks for your comments Peter. We keep non essential vehicles off site to make it safer for the kids at the campground. If you are a parent with small children it means you can relax. As we are an eco campground the toilets are waterless, a system called Clivus Multrum, helping to save a precious resource (the water). They can smell in hot weather but it is mostly when guests do not use them properly, and even with adequate signage people leave the seats up. They are cleaned regularly and we have few complaints. Toughen up eh? Finally you are on holiday and not here to watch netflix, the wifi is pathetic, as are a rural property, so city folk use to ultra fast broadband will have to adapt. Our campers are mostly happy with their stay, as the reviews attest to, so maybe our place is not for you. We don;t force anyone to stay and do state all your concerns on our website so guests know what to expect. Sorry we did not gain a 5 star review from you. Thanks for the feedback though, Marcus (owner, cleaner, host).
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CMelissa wrote a review Mar 2020
Vancouver, Canada144 contributions13 helpful votes
Unique experience at this cute and quiet eco-campground, nestled amidst native forest lands. Beautiful bird sounds, nature walks, and funky communal cooking/eating area. If walking into the hills nearby, check out the old movie set, gigantic slip n’ slide, and views from the lookout.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Marcus Puentener, Owner at Little River Campground
Responded 15 Oct 2020
Thanks for the review Melissa. There is plenty do explore here and in the area. However the ChinaTown film set has been removed due to its temporary nature. Cheers Marcus
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Frequently Asked Questions about Little River Campground
Which popular attractions are close to Little River Campground?
Nearby attractions include Little River Gallery (3.6 km), Manderley Farm (5.7 km), and Barrys Bay Cheese (7.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Little River Campground?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, kids activities, and free internet access.
Is parking available at Little River Campground?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Little River Campground?
Conveniently located restaurants include Little River Diner, Little River Cafe and Store, and Hilltop Tavern.
Are pets allowed at Little River Campground?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.