In 2014 Waimate was declared motorhome-friendly.  The New Zealand Motor Caravan Association has approved the whole district under the motorhome-friendly scheme.  


There is a public dump facility on Hilary St, Waimate.  Kelceys Bush, Knottingley Park & St Andrews Domain also have dump stations.  

The NZMCA also have a camp in Waimate that is exclusive for their members.  For more information on that click here.


Glenavy’s Waitaki River Motor Camp

Cabins, caravans, a self contained two bedroom unit, large powered sites, tents, Wifi.  Pets by arrangement.

Close to the beautiful Waitaki River and centrally located handy to Waimate and Oamaru.  Its a great stopping point for visitors passing through, or exploring the District.

Certificate of Excellence -Trip Advisor 2016.  NZMCA member discounts.

SH1, Glenavy
P.  03 689 2856


Mt Nimrod Reserve

A quiet campsite on the eastern flank of the Hunter Hills.

There is a 3.5km forest walk to a podocarp forest remnant.

Dogs not allowed.

Campervans permitted with campsite pass.



Kelceys Bush Farmyard Holiday Park

This unique park offers nature at its best, nestled in the Hunter Hills next to native bush.

Ocean and forest views.  Cabins, tourist flats, caravan and tent sites.

Upper Mill Road, Waimate
P.  03 689 8057


Victoria Park Camp

Great camping, outstanding location in the Waimate township. 

Family friendly.

The Park itself features superb garden settings, animal enclosures, tennis courts, cycling oval and playground.

Site owned/operated by Waimate District Council

Waimate Knottingley Park

Knottingley Park is set in a magnificent 36 ha park of old exotic trees in a peaceful setting, 2km from Waimate.  

It is often described as a 'hidden jewel' by those who unexpectedly stumble upon it.  

The park also has a small playground.


Atwill Park Outdoor Centre

The Waimate Scout group's base and camp.

Full camping facilities plus an outdoor confidence course.


Upper Mill Road, Waimate
P.  03 689 8883


Gunn's Bush Camp

Nestled in 140 ha of beautiful New Zealand forest.

This is also a unique location to celebrate special occasions including weddings and birthdays, also for corporate training and groups and families wanting to get away from it all.

36 Gunns Bush Road
P.  027 688 0945
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St Andrews Domain

A large grass campsite with basic facilities off the main road just south of St Andrews township. 

Plenty of room.  

10 power sites and numerous non-power sites. 


Waitaki Lakes Camping Reserves

The Waimate District Council operates four large camp sites in the Waitaki Valley, which are open for the season from September to May.

They are sited along the shores of Lakes Aviemore and Waitaki and are particularly popular for those people who enjoy spending their recreation time in and around water.


Freedom Camping

Waimate District Council currently allows freedom camping at several sites around the Waimate District.  St Andrews Masonic Hotel is also Freedom Camper Friendly.

There is a public dump station on Hilary Street in the Waimate township, and the other camping grounds have ablutions and dump stations that can be used for a fee.



Otaio Gorge Campsite

This Department of Conservation reserve is set in pockets of native bush beside the upper reaches of the Otaio River in the Hunters Hills, about 40 kms from Waimate via Backline Road, or SH1.

There are deep pools for fishing or swimming, plus a walking track. The walking track is short, however you can boulder hop across the river and explore the gorge. Alternatively go off track and go bush bashing through the native trees. The sounds from the river and native birds are a real feature of this area.

Campsites, fireplaces, flush toilets.


Apple Tree Lodge

Situated inland about 3 km off SH1 at the junction of Lower Hook Road and Kingsburys Road, the lodge houses our fruit pickers in season (Dec-Feb) but is available throughout the year for small groups.

It has five bedrooms and can sleep 15 people.The separate lounge and small games area has wifi available. The kitchen has gas hobs and is equipped for self catering. There are three combined shower/toilet rooms, and a laundry is available. Two caravan points are on site. 

Cafe close by (open for breakfast).

311 Kingsbury Road, Hook
P.  03 689 5849


Lindisfarne Camp

Lindisfarne Camp is a stunning setting for large groups to use for educational and recreational activities.

The hall can hold a dance for 200 or a meal for 100 and the over-night accomodation includes beds for 60.

The location is on a terraced site above the river surrounded by fully established trees. 

Camp Lindisfarne Trust
1535 Cannington Road, Upper Pareora Gorge, Cannington
P.  03 614 3760


Morven Camping Ground

Camping ground is managed by the Morven Domain Board

  • 12 power sites and 50+ non power sites

  • Toilets, kitchen, no showers

  • Domain and tennis courts

Fees and charges:

  • Powered and non-powered sites, per person, per night $10.00

23 Morven Beach Road
P.  Julie Proffitt 03 689 4938 or 027 694 9565


Kate O'Connell