Your gateway to Banks Peninsula. Affordable accommodation close to Akaroa. Peaceful riverside sites for nature lovers. See and learn about native birds and trees. Ideal for tents, backpackers and campervans. Only 1 hour from CHCH Airport on flat easy roads so the perfect place to start or finish your travels. We can also give you travel advice and the best places in the South Island to visit. Family friendly and Banks Peninsula’s only dog friendly campground. 

FREE WIFI included in the fee. $4 Laundry. $2 for hot showers. Our peaceful, safe haven is a perfect base for exploring Banks Peninsula. Powered and unpowered riverside sites plus 5h of native bush and walks to explore. An easy option for your first or last night in NZ as we are less than one hour from the airport along flat safe, sealed roads.Click on map to enlarge→

2018/19 rates •$15/adult •$10/kids 13 and under • $5/infants under 3  • $5 for power.  Day visitors $5. 

No EFTPOS sorry. Cash preferred. Credit card facilities if needed, with fee.

Scary Slippery Slides.  $5 for 2 hours when open.

Little River Campground (formerly Birdlands) has something for everyone. Big enough to lose yourself in, but small enough for intimate gatherings. We also have standard cabins available to rent details here

A peaceful riverside camp with the lush beauty of the South Island’s West Coast yet less than an hour from Christchurch makes this the perfect venue for any occasion. A natural setting, more like a DOC camp than a holiday park.

Ideal as a first night stop for newly arrived tourists in campers. (We’d be happy to give you travel advice). Back to nature holidays, weddings, retreats, parties, birthdays and with the advantage of affordable accommodation. Plan a romantic getaway in one of our cute cabins or have a camping holiday with your family. Private camp areas for group bookings.

Nostalgic Camping is what we call it. Back to basics camping like it use to be. Kids playing on the trampoline or in the river, exploring and being adventurous while you sit back and relax knowing they’re safe. We are a small business 100% kiwi owned and not affiliated with any chain of holiday parks, preferring to be ‘Unique  Boutique’. Somewhere special and memorable. The camping areas are limited but there is 5h of bush to escape to.

We have a safety policy to keep vehicles away from the sites making it safer for kids.

Our toilets are waterless the world reknown Clivus Multrum system, saving water and the environment. New hot showers completed in September 2017. Disabled and young family shower.

2018/19- (tbc) fees •$15/adult •$10/kids 13 and under • $5/infants under 3 • $5 for power •  Please note: No EFTPOS/ facilities. Payment on arrival please. Free accommodation for work & WWOOFERs welcome by arrangement.

  • Powered and unpowered caravan and campervan sites. 
  •  Sheltered Tent sites- snug sites possible at busy times.
  • Hot showers 
  • Free WiFi Hotspot
  • Laundry and washing line for drying- $4 for a cold wash.
  • Sheltered kitchen area with hot water sinks, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, toaster, jug.
  • Seasonal herb garden- add some rosemary to your meal.
  • BBQ available
  • Visit ‘Chinatown’ an old film set from The Stolen
  • Scary Slippery Slides -$5 open only sometimes, so call.
  • Crazy gaint swing from our 200yr old tree.
  • River to play in with small pools- make some dams!
  • Riverside picnic areas (and secret spots for romancing)
  • Playground with ground level trampoline
  • Late checkout available
  • Dog friendly ($5 bond, conditions include on lead at all times & well behaved)
  • Ask about our premium upgrade- preferred site, free wifi, hot showers and late checkout.


  • Cancellation Policy- We are a small private business and cancellations affect us greatly. We reserve a site for you so this can prevent other travellers from staying. (Your travel insurance may cover you for unexpected changes).
    Total lose of deposit or fee if cancelling within 48 hours from booking date. +48hours notice full refund minus 15% or $30 fee. Managers discretion to waive or lower fee depending on situation, so ask. Changing your mind because of weather is not one of them sorry.
  • Credit card- A valid credit card in the name of the guest must be presented on check-in. Any damage caused during the stay may be charged against that card.

For a list of what to bring we suggest looking at this link ‘thatscamping’




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Little River Campground
287a Okuti Valley Road, Little River
Phone: 03 325 1014
Cell: 021 611 820 or


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