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Waikouaiti Beach Motor Camp

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About our camp

 The Waikouaiti Beach Motor Camp is the perfect spot for the great Kiwi camping holiday! Located just off State Highway 1, 35 minutes drive north of Dunedin, our camping ground is a hidden gem, with powered and non-powered sites for motor-homes, caravans, campervans and tents as well as basic cabins and caravan rental. Long-term storage is also available.

 Just a five-minute walk to the white-sand beach, Waikouaiti river and a five minute drive to the quirky shops within the thriving Waikouaiti township, we are a safe and friendly motor-camp and the ideal place for a short stop-over or a long, relaxing camping holiday with the family near the beach.

About the area

Waikouaiti was the first European settlement in Southern New Zealand; a whaling station was established here as early as 1830. Maori settlements in the area can be traced back as far as the 15th Century.


This thriving beachside community and its neighbour Karitane (a short drive South), boast two of the most pristine and safe swimming beaches in the country and are home to established water-based activities including fishing, boating, surfing and kayaking. 


The rural location, sleepy streets and proximity to nature environments also makes Waikouaiti perfect for walking, biking and bird and wildlife watching. The Waikouaiti Village is home to an excellent general store, café, pub, a petrol station and a number of quirky shops. We can also boast one of the best fish and chip shops in the South Island!

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From the North

Waikouaiti is located right on State Highway 1. By car from Christchurch, you can take State Highway 1 south for approximately 360 km until you reach Waikouaiti. If you are coming through Palmerston, Waikouaiti is just 14 kilometres further South. When you arrive in Waikouaiti, drive through the main township and turn left when you reach Beach Street. Continue driving for about 1.5 kilometres until you reach the motor camp on your left.

From The South​

From Dunedin, you can take State Highway 1 north for approximately 30 km until you reach Waikouaiti. Once you reach the town, take the second right onto Beach Street and follow it for about 1.5 kilometres until you reach the motor camp on your left.