Camping in the Waimakariri District

There is plenty to do in the Waimakariri District, from strolling along the beaches of beautiful Pegasus Bay, hiking in the hills or exploring the river parks and walkways of the Waimakariri and Ashley/Rakahuri Rivers. The coastal communities and beaches are only a short drive north of Christchurch, and make a great destination when travelling along State Highway 1.

Download our brochure - Camping in the Waimakariri District (pdf, 794.5 KB).

Camping areas and facilities

Holiday parks offer a wide range of facilities for motorhomes, campervans, caravans and tents. For a convenient, hassle-free stay campers are encouraged to use these.

There are four holiday parks/motor camps sited on Council land within the Waimakariri District. They are leased and run as private businesses.

Ashley Gorge Holiday Park

Sally and Wayne Schist
697 Ashley Gorge Road, Oxford 7495
Phone: 03 312 4099

Ashley Gorge Holiday Park

Kairaki Beach Motor Camp

Alan Waters
125 Featherstone Avenue, Kaiapoi 7630
Phone: 03 327 7335

Kairaki Beach Motor Camp

Waikuku Beach Holiday Park

Rex and Debbie Jefcoate
1 Domain Terrace, Waikuku Beach 7448
Phone: 03 312 7600

Waikuku Beach Holiday Park

Woodend Beach Holiday Park

Jan Reid
14 Woodend Beach Road, RD 1
Kaiapoi 7691
Phone: 03 312 7643

Woodend Beach Holiday Park

Other Camping Areas in the District:

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Rangiora Leigh Holiday Park
433 Dixons Road, Loburn
Phone: 03 312 8872

Pineacres Holiday Park
740 Main North Road, Kaiapoi
Phone: 03 327 5022, freephone: 0800 896 543

Rangiora Holiday Park
337 Lehmans Road, Rangiora
Phone: 03 313 5759

Riverlands Holiday Park
45 Doubledays Road, Clarkville
Phone: 03 327 5511

DOC Wooded Gully Camping Ground
Mt Thomas Forest, Hayland Road, Okuku
Phone: 03 313 0820

Visiting New Zealand


If you are visiting New Zealand, or a New Zealander holidaying around New Zealand, there is an app available that shows nearby locations of everything you'll need when travelling, from petrol stations to dump stations. Visit the CamperMate website to find out more and to download the app.

Social Media Targets Young Campers

Young international visitors who like to free camp on their travels around New Zealand are being targeted with an informative social media campaign this summer to encourage them to behave responsibly. The campaign is being mounted by the Responsible Camping Forum with funding from a dozen Forum members. Users can like, comment on and share posts. They can also write their own posts and tag the accounts, on Instagram with @campingnz and on Facebook with @campnz. For more information, please visit:

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

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

  • removing all rubbish, solid or liquid waste from the camping site when leaving
  • disposing of rubbish, recycling and waste at approved sites
  • using appropriate toileting facilities
  • ensuring that all pets are appropriately controlled
  • abiding by all Council bylaws including barbecue use, camp fires, noise and animal control.

Effluent dumping

Roadside dump stations are provided at three locations: