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Gentle Annie Seaside Accommodation and Camping Ground

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  • Seaside garden site between the Mokihinui river and the Tasman Sea
  • Dolphin-watching, mountain hikes and bike trails within 20 minutes
  • Fishing from site, communal pizza oven and café; short walk to beach

Gentle Annie. What a name, and what a place to have your name attached to, encircled by the Mokihinui river, the Tasman sea and the bush forests and mountain valleys of New Zealand’s South Island, 45 minutes’ drive from Westport.

Gentle Annie Seaside Accommodation and Camping Ground is an elegant kind of a place (maybe Gentle Annie was an elegant kind of a lady), made up of landscaped, flower-filled gardens stretching down to the river one way and the sea the other. Great views all round then, and bags of space to stretch out and take them in...

This is a well-kept site, home to what’s almost certainly New Zealand’s only eating establishment housed inside a former cowshed. Where once there was mooing and chewing, there's now snacks, cakes, drinks and meals among wittily done-up cowstalls and by a grassy play area facing the sea. The premises are open 24/7 for chilling, chatting and shelter should the weather be misbehaving.

Alongside the fine fayre of The Cowshed, everyone has access to the woodfired pizza oven and with plenty of driftwood lying on the beaches, there’s nothing stopping you from whipping up Mokihinui margheritas all night long. Maybe you could bake one then beetle up to Gentle Annie Point a few minutes’ walk away for clifftop feasting, fab sunsets and dolphin watching...

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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


Local produce

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




Lake and/or mountain


Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven


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

Shop nearby



Large (51-200 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Surf school nearby


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  • 298 De Malmanches Road, Mokihinui, Westport, West Coast, New Zealand, 7891
  • Timezone Pacific/Auckland +1200 (GMT+12:00)   GPS 41.5215°S 171.9396°E


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Local attractions

Continuing on the path beyond the Point, a maze sculpted out of native bush winds down to a mostly deserted beach, and this 15-minute amble gives you a hint of the top walking in the locality. Short trails leave from Gentle Annie to the Mokihinui Estuary and onwards to a small but sometimes fierce waterfall.

If you fancy something longer, head to Ngakawa (20 minutes’ drive) for walks and bike rides along the Charming Creek Trail, a former mining and timber-felling tramway through gorges and tunnels taking you to the mighty Mangatini Falls. For further combos of mining heritage and top scenery, the Old Ghost Road starting 10 minutes away in Seddonville leads hikers and bikers through the Glasgow Mountains past ghost towns and abandoned workings, and just outside Karamea (an hour) you can join the Heaphy Track through the Karamea National Park, taking in the honeycombed limestone of the Oparara Arches.

You can try panning for gold down on the beach yourself, fish for snapper and butterfish from the shore, take surfing lessons or hire boards down in Westport (45 minutes) or visit the Cape Foulwind Seal Colony, an hour away. The Mokihinui River’s good for watery recreations, too: fish for brown trout and herring right from the site, or kayak and tube your way up or down.

  • How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
  • Does Gentle Annie Seaside Accommodation and Camping Ground have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Gentle Annie Seaside Accommodation and Camping Ground dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Gentle Annie Seaside Accommodation and Camping Ground? Continuing on the path beyond the Point, a maze sculpted out of native bush winds down to a mostly deserted beach, and this 15-minute amble gives you a hint of the top … Read more
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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.

Dogs are prohibited from main facilities and amenities.
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

A charge of NZ$2.00 (£0.97) applies for the use of the shower.
Facilities/activities including laundry are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via
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.
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.

Reception is unmanned after 8:30 p.m.. Please inform the site while on your way there should you expect to arrive after this time, so that the team can provide information about your unit/pitch.

Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.

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