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9 Highfield Street Waiau, Canterbury, Waiau 7332 New Zealand
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#1 of 3 Specialty lodging in Waiau
Waiau Motor Camp - Escape to our little piece of country. We are North Canterbury's oldest township with a rich history. Visit the form Jail, historic woolshed and other listed local landmarks. We offer powered and unpowered sites, or stay in one of our cabins, used to accommodate Nasella Tussanite workers back in the 1960's. We are an ideal centre point for regional attractions, being only 35 minutes to Hanmer Springs, 60 minutes to Kaikoura and 20 minutes to Mt Lyford Skifield. Go fishing in the Waiau River or try your luck hunting. Or just come & enjoy the peace and quiet of our small piece of paradise.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Snack bar
Board games / puzzles
Books, DVDs, music for children
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Electric vehicle charging station
Meeting rooms
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
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Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
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Self-serve laundry
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9 Highfield Street Waiau, Canterbury, Waiau 7332 New Zealand
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Joan wrote a review Mar 2022
4 contributions
This smallish site in a town that was at the epicentre of the Kaikoura earthquake has much to offer. Some of the pitches are separated by hedges, giving privacy for those who prefer it, and the facilities are very clean and well maintained. There is a well equipped children’s play area, riverside walks, plus an interesting walk around the historic heritage of the town. Well worth a trip up Inland Scenic Route72. We’ll stay an extra night to sample the on-site food truck which operates on Fridays and Saturday’s.
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Date of stay: March 2022
bethandrews849 wrote a review Feb 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand3 contributions1 helpful vote
recently stayed here. Lovely peaceful spot. The facilities and grounds are kept absolutely meticulous. Cleanest and most tidy i have seen. Top marks to the owners. Feel proud of your hidden gem. Will defnitely return.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
Nanny K wrote a review Feb 2022
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A hidden treasure with a unique history, located in a lovely tidy village in the North Canterbury township of Waiau. Immaculately clean, with a range of accommodation options to suit anybody. Host have a passion for history of the camp & the local area with the on site food truck handy for a yummy meal or grazing platter delivered to your camp site or cabin, or walking distance to the pub. Dont drive past on your adventure. Take time to stop in, stay & breathe.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
TheTravellingTeacherNZ wrote a review Jan 2022
Blenheim, New Zealand34 contributions2 helpful votes
If I thought this campsite couldn’t be better in the summer-we’ll I was dead wrong! The pool! The beautiful, warm, huge pool located across the road is the nicest pool we’ve ever been in. Shade, clean changing rooms, shaded swimming (!!!) and $10 for the day! Holy, what a gem. The grounds are beautiful, playground, caravan cafe, Santa trees, amazingly clean and well stocked kitchen and relax areas. Our caravan site is powered with hedges on both sides for privacy and huge! This is our top place to stay. 25 minutes to Hanmer. I can’t recommend it enough.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: We just missed the busy time, apparently, but the sites are so well set apart with trees and...
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Don McLean wrote a review Dec 2021
Invercargill, New Zealand9 contributions3 helpful votes
Stayed here for a few weeks in my caravan for work in the area. Beautiful ammenities. Helpful and kind owners. Good grocery shop nearby. Walking tracks by the rivers. Very reasonably priced. Will be bacl for holidays in the future. Walking distance to the pub. Would highly recommend for holiday makers.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
Tasmin J wrote a review Jul 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
This place is a pot of gold! Lovely warm cabins that are well equipped with cutlery, utensils, pots/pans, heater, towels etc. Also provides access to free WiFi and Netflix use in each room - something you often don’t get elsewhere. Kitchen and bathrooms are very well kept and fully functional. Super friendly owner with some great tips for local walks etc. Will absolutely be coming back next time we are in the area.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
KaranSin wrote a review Apr 2021
Taupo, New Zealand17 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed here instead of Hanmer and we’re so glad we did.. the cabins are awesome with a real rustic feel but super tidy and clean, as were the shared facilities. Waiau is such a beautiful wee village, feels like you’re stepping back in time. Right next to the river for a lovely morning stroll.. can’t fault this place, great value for our family..recommend to all!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Lulu O wrote a review Feb 2021
Nelson, New Zealand9 contributions
This feels like you have stepped off the grid and are holidaying in old school NZ, don't go past it, actually take the short detour to it. Owner was great and gave me peace of mind as a female solo traveller. I stayed in an economy double and it was a great price, spotlessly clean, comfy bed and had everything I needed. All the shared facilities were just immaculate. My motorbike was parked up on the hard gravel and I felt safe and secure. The kai cart was open the night I was there so didn't go into town for food. It was probably one of the best meals I have had for a very long time and incredibly reasonable. Again friendly people happy to have a chat whilst making my food. There is the local pool just across the road and it looked brand new and very inviting i'll use it on my next visit. When breaking my trip i'll use this place now instead of Hanmer, you just can't go wrong.
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Date of stay: February 2021
Sarah wrote a review Dec 2020
Milton, New Zealand1 contribution
Exceptionally clean, tidy, comfortable rooms. The toilet facilities were excellent with great showers and endless hot water. We had a fab night here on our way through. Family of 5 teens and parents booked 3 cabins. Expansive views of the Waiau River on the way! Would definitely return and spend more time here :-)
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Bruno S wrote a review Dec 2020
6 contributions13 helpful votes
Awesome place, very quiet, nice and tidy, very good amenities, super clean, and very friendly host. So peaceful that we decided to stay an additional night (which we never do!) just to relax and enjoy the calm of the area. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Waiau Motor Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Waiau Motor Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and meeting rooms.
What food & drink options are available at Waiau Motor Camp?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Waiau Motor Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Is Waiau Motor Camp located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Waiau.
Are any cleaning services offered at Waiau Motor Camp?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Waiau Motor Camp?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Is Waiau Motor Camp accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.