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Fully booked for Saturday 28 November as we host a private function. Every weekend after we still have sites with Christmas bookings still available. Have a look via our book now botton.

At the gateway to Banks Peninsula. Accommodation and native bird sanctuary set in native bush. Less than one hour from Christchurch & Akaroa. An ‘old school’ classic kiwi campground off the beaten track. Sunny, sheltered sites next to our little river.  Ideal for camper vans, tents and backpackers. We also have small cottages for hire. Children’s playground  and Banks Peninsula’s only dog friendly campground. 

Hire the campground exclusively, please call 03 325 1014. Ideal for special occasions. Ideal for school camps with an environmental aspect.


Over long weekends & school holidays we prefer longer bookings. Let us know if you have a large tent or caravan as sites are limited.

FREE WIFI included in the fee. $2 for hot showers for 5 minutes- enough for 2 quick showers. $4 Laundry. 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. We are less than one hour from the airport along flat safe, sealed roads.Click on map to enlarge→

2020/21 rates •$15/adult •$10/kids -3-13 • $5/infants  • kids under 1 free.  • $5 for power.  Day visitors $5. Kids fee often includes either slippery slides and or a campfire, over busy times. (not guaranteed)

No EFTPOS sorry. Cash preferred. Credit card facilities via on line available.

Scary Slippery Slides.  Free if you stay. (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, so if you like sterile holiday parks with no character, stay somewhere else.

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.

2020/21- fees •$15/adult •$10/kids 3-13 • $5/infants under 3 max one • Babies under 1 free •$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 $2 for 5 minutes, or free cold shower! 
  • Free WiFi Hotspot
  • Laundry and washing line for drying- $4 for a cold wash includes eco laundry liquid.
  • Sheltered kitchen area with hot water sinks, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, toaster, jug. Bring pots, cutlery, tea towels etc.
  • Seasonal herb garden- 
  • BBQ available. Bring your gas bottle just in case.
  • Scary Slippery Slides – open only sometimes, so call.
  • Crazy gaint swing from our 200yr old Matai tree.
  • River to play in with small pools- make some dams!
  • Feed a few old eels- they like left over meat.
  • Riverside picnic areas (and secret spots for romancing)
  • Playground with ground level trampoline
  • Late checkout available, just ask
  • Dog friendly (on a 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. Please don’t confirm a booking if you are not committed to staying. We reserve a site or cabin 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 lose of one nights fee. Over busy periods lose of full fee. Cabins – lose of full fee if cancelled within one week.
  • Managers discretion to waive or lower fee depending on situation, so ask. Changing your mind because of weather is not one of them sorry.
  • You can postpone a booking in some circumstances but have to rebook with the season. No lose of fee. Dependant on availability.
  • 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 (so watch what your kids do).

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




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

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