Fun on the trampoline



Closed for winter- 1 May- Sept.

Email or call 021 611820 for booking information for next season – Sept 2022-May 2023.

• Accommodation and native bird sanctuary set in native bush

• Less than one hour from Christchurch and Akaroa

• An ‘old school’ classic kiwi campground off the beaten track

• We’re Banks Peninsula’s only dog-friendly campground!

• Cabins and powered/unpowered sites and tentsites available


Get away for a night or two, we’re only an hour from Christchurch.

We prefer longer stays, especially over busy times. If you are only able to do 1 or 2 nights, we can still accommodate you, but site choices will be limited. Email us your request.



Adults $20 | Kids $10 (3-14yrs) | Infants (1-3yrs) $5 | Power $5 | Day visitors $5

Over the holiday periods, the Kids price may include the slippery slide and/or a campfire, but this not guaranteed. BYO marshmallows!

** NO EFTPOS ** Cash preferred otherwise bank transfer on or before arrival.

Ask about our premium upgrade – preferred site, free wifi, hot showers and late checkout.

Free accommodation for work and WWOOFERs welcome by arrangement.

Please read our cancellation policy (on right) before booking.




  • Dog friendly (on a lead at all times & well behaved- no yapping!)
  • Free WIFI (it’s slow so don’t expect too much!)
  • Hot showers $2 (5 minutes)
  • Eco toilets – world reknowned waterless system
  • Late checkout available, just ask
  • Outdoor kitchen with hot water, sinks, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, toaster, jug
  • Seasonal herb garden
  • BBQ available. Bring your gas bottle just in case
  • Laundry $4. Washing line in a sunny spot to dry


  • Scary Slippery Slides $5. Free when you stay. (if open)
  • Crazy giant swing from our 200 year 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


For a list of what to bring we suggest looking at Thatscamping.



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. Little River Campground has something for everyone. Big enough to lose yourself in, but small enough for intimate gatherings. Formerly known as Birdlands Sanctuary, the area is home to Tui, Koromiko/Bellbirds, Piwakawaka/fantails, Kereru/wood pigeons, Ruru/morepork and protected tuna/eels in the Okuti River.

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.
  • There is no parking on the campsites (except for campervans of course)
  • Zero waste- what you bring in you take out, except food scraps.





Bubble Parties – book the camp for your extended bubble and enjoy time with friends and family. We sometimes have one night vacancies for cabins and sites, so email and ask. Before booking please understand our cancellation policy.

To hire the campground exclusively, please email or call 03 325 1014. Ideal for special occasions with silent disco option, so you can party all night!

Also Ideal for school camps with an environmental aspect.

Email or call 021 611820 for booking information.

As we are a small campground sites over New years are available but we do prefer longer stays. We may not have many sites for very large tents, gazebos, or huge caravans. The online bookings are blocked but we do have sites, you just need to get in contact.



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

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As an outdoor venue under the traffic light system we do not require vaccine passport information. No passports required but all guests must scan in, observing safe social distancing in communal areas and sanitising is required. It’s a tricky situation, new to all of us so tolerance and respect for others is going to be needed by everyone.

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.


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).


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.


+48 hours 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. Dependent on availability. Loss of fee may apply.