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  • Colourful and well-maintained resort 400 metres from the Waitaki River
  • Close to the main north-south State Highway 1 for easy access
  • Friendly owners, outdoor social area, kitchen and cosy lounge

Award-winning, spectacularly set, and with salmon and trout fishing a few minutes' stroll away... what a South Island stunner.

Run by friendly owners Anne and Joe who make it their mission to give every guest a warm welcome, Glenavy's Waitaki River Motor Camp is a colourful and pretty place between Oamaru and Waimate, close to the main north-south State Highway 1 for easy access to and fro. It's 400 metres from here to the famed Waitaki River and its fishing for salmon, trout and whitebait, and within walking distance of the local hotel for drinks and mingles with locals. The Waitaki lakes, the blue penguins of Oamaru, the wallabies of Waimate, Koekohe Beach, the Moeraki Boulders and Timaru are all well within an hour's drive.

The site has handsomely maintained grounds and gardens – see pics – as well as a roomy outdoor seating and social area with barbecue, fireplace and gas heating. Guests also have access to a large kitchen and dining area, and a lounge with undercover outdoor seating available

A general store is within walking distance. For eating out, the award-winning Riverstone Kitchen restaurant, which also has shops, a big playground and roomy gardens, is just under five kilometres away.

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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away



Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport


Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area


Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year


Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby


Medium (26-50 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Restaurant nearby


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  • 7-9 Cherry Lane, Glenavy, Canterbury, New Zealand, 7980
  • Timezone Pacific/Auckland +1200 (GMT+12:00)   GPS 44.9194°S 171.1016°E


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Local attractions

It's a cinch getting out and about around here, whether you opt for ambles and angling around the riverbank, tackling a local hiking or cycling path, or using the nearby highway for day trip destinations further afield.

The Waitaki District's main town Oamaru is 20 minutes' drive south and well worth a wander for its Victorian vibe, Forrester and Grainstore galleries, and The Libratory and Steampunk HQ: Oamaru is known as a steampunk centre and in 2016 entered the record books with the biggest gathering of steampunks in the world. The town's also famed for its blue penguin colony, living just outside the harbour.

More Kiwi wildlife is 20 minutes north at Waimate, originally introduced from Australia and now living wild in the countryside around the town. Waimate visitors should also take a hike up to the lookout of the White Horse Monument, for handsome views of the town and its surrounding green plains towards the Pacific.

Other options include Duntroon (30 minutes), for the Vanished World Heritage Centre, Elephant Rocks and Maori rock drawings, and the Moeraki Boulders of Koekohe beach, 50 minutes' drive away. Canterbury and Dunedin are within a couple of hours north and south.

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  • When can I check in and check out of Glenavy's Waitaki River Motor Camp?
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    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
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    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.

Dogs are not allowed in the accommodation units.
Dogs are prohibited from main facilities and amenities.
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro) and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet hours must be respected between 10:30 p.m. and 6 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.
You'll need an Environment Agency rod licence (you'll need to apply for this beforehand).

Reception is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. between 01/10 and 01/05 and between 01/05 and 01/10.

Open fires are prohibited.

This area is not subject to city tax.

Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.