We've compiled a list of the top spots in the Waimakariri to pitch your tent or hire a cabin, sit back and enjoy what nature has to offer on our unspoiled doorstep.

Ashley Gorge3Ashley Gorge Holiday Park
697 Ashley Gorge Road, Oxford

Set beside the Ashley Gorge River enjoy 12 acres of camping area and 13 acres of picnic area. You will find your own piece of paradise on generous grassy sites. Surrounded by trees and natural beauty you won't be hounded by the cold Easterlies but will enjoy a lovely climate whilst being lulled to sleep by the sound of the river. 

Offering a range of accommodation options from basic non powered campsites, powered campsites, pods, cabins and group accommodation - there's an option for every budget.  

Waikuku copy 5Waikuku Beach Holiday Park
1 Domain Terrace, Waikuku Beach

A family focused park with a very pleasant atmosphere and lovely beach. A popular spot just North of Christchurch for weekends and holidays.

Positioned just 100m from the beach, a narrow strip of Forest acts as a barrier to the ocean wind. Adjacent to the Holiday Park is the Waikuku Beach Domain with a flying fox, playground. tennis courts, basketball shooting court, skateboard ramp, and the “world famous in Waikuku” whale paddling pool.

Featuring vintage ablution blocks and an updated kitchen. There is an on site TV lounge, guest laundry, BBQ area, and ample toilet facilities. Large sites accommodate up to 12 meter motorhomes. Well worth a stay.

Woodend3Woodend Beach Holiday Park
14 Woodend Beach Road, Woodend

Woodend Beach Holiday Park offers guests a relaxing break, set in 55 acres of park like grounds, surrounded by forest and a 2 minute walk to the beach.

With three golf courses (Kaiapoi, Rangiora and Pegasus) just a few minutes drive away, and nestled between two great fishing rivers, it is a perfect location for stopping off. 

Camp in your tent, campervan or caravan or stay in a fully self contained motel or standard cabin. There is plenty for the kids to do, lots of playground equipment dotted around and right next door to a reserve with an adventure playground. 

There are other camping areas in our district as follows:


Doc Wooded Gully Camping Ground (currently closed to overnight camping until further notice)
Mount Thomas Forest, Hayland Road, Okuku

A huge grassy area with amazing views over the Canterbury Plains. You can also camp in smaller private areas next to the stream. Wooded Gully is the starting point for a network of tracks ranging from one hour family walks to a full-day traverse of the area. See all walks here>>. 

Kairaki Beach Motor Camp
125 Featherstone Avenue, Christchurch

Situated on the outskirts of Kaiapoi, a short drive from Christchurch. Kairaki Beach Motor Camp offers powered and non-powered sites with clean, new ablution blocks and super helpful staff.

Rangiora Leigh Holiday Park
433 Dixons Road, Rangiora

Tranquil sheltered park-like setting. Rangiora Leigh Holiday Park is a peaceful family camping ground offering 40 tent sites and 22 power sites, and 11 cabins, with lots of room for the kids. Wide open spaces and friendly atmosphere. Set in the countryside but only 4km from Rangiora main street.

Rangiora Eco Holiday Park
337 Lehmans Road, Rangiora

Affordable accommodation offering powered and non powered tent and caravan sites, A-framed cabins, backpacker lodges and units there is something for everybody! Also featuring a kids playground, swimming pool, laundry, communal kitchen and dump station.

Riverlands Holiday Park
45 Doubledays Road, Clarkville

A five minute drive from Kaiapoi, with beautiful gardens, full amenities and a ten acre pitch and putt golf course. Riverlands is also a short walk to the banks of the Waimakariri River.

Freedom Camping

You can generally freedom camp throughout the Waimakariri District on gravelled or sealed Council land set aside for parking. Look out for the prohibited zones at Waikuku Beach.

Freedom camper responsibilities:

FreedomWaimakariri is committed to sustainability and asks all visitors to help protect our beautiful natural environment. Freedom campers are asked to assist by:

To find out more information on suitable spots to Freedom Camp, visit the Kaiapoi i -SITE Visitor Information Centre.

For further information regarding Freedom Camping in New Zealand visit:

Effluent dumping:

Roadside dump stations are provided at three locations:

75 Charles Street, Kaiapoi
22 Railway Road, Rangiora
90 High Street, Oxford