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_lindy101nz
Christchurch, New Zealand

Sheltered tent sites with lovely shady trees

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 Feb 2024via mobile
Very friendly campground, sheltered tent sites . All I could hear was crickets, birds and the babbling brook. Felt very safe camping here on my own.only an hour from Christchurch this is my favourite one night camping ground , basic facilities with everything you need.
Date of stay: February 2024
Room Tip: Bring insect repellent
Trip type: Travelled with family
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    Reviewed 14 December 2023

    The Little River campground is amazing and an ideal get away from the city or a great place for visitors to stay and fill their/your bucket.....
    * a blast from the past staying in the cottages
    * a 45 minute drive from the city with an incredible local cafe, art gallery
    * a setting of native bush and a river to swim in.
    Go relax, chill and forget about busy daily lives. Individuals, couples, families/whanau - get out to Manaia camping ground...

    Date of stay: January 2023
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    Reviewed 13 February 2023 via mobile

    Absolutely loved our 2 night stay at Little River Campsite. I was over awed with the sounds, beautiful birdsong in the morning. Even the cicadas slept soundly as soon as the sun set!

    Pitches are well spaced & we loved the quirky decor around the bathrooms & kitchen/sitting area. The composting toilet is an unusual experience, but super clean.

    My baby granddaughter loved playing on the playground & with the blocks (fun drinking game for grown ups!).

    Could spend so much longer exploring the peninsula & Akaroa - maybe my favourite place in New Zealand.

    Room tip: Make time to explore the peninsula & beaches
    Date of stay: February 2023
    Trip type: Travelled with family
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    Reviewed 23 November 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!

    Date of stay: November 2021
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    Reviewed 3 April 2021 via mobile

    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.

    Date of stay: April 2021
    Trip type: Travelled with family
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    Marcus Puentener, Owner at Little River Campground, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 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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    Reviewed 8 February 2021 via mobile

    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.

    Date of stay: February 2021
    Trip type: Travelled with family
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    Marcus Puentener, Owner at Little River Campground, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 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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