Donegal House Irish Hotel

lake under the mountain (added by manager 05 Sep 2022)

This campground does not currently take bookings here on

If you are the owner of this park, start taking bookings through
It's free, quick and easy!

Add your business details

  • Family site with views of Mount Fyffe at an Irish hotel near Kaikoura
  • Top spot for seal watching, whale spotting or dolphin swims
  • Bar and restaurant on site with Irish music and open fires
Among Ireland’s greatest exports are its people, its culture and the Irish bar – in New Zealand, thousands of kilometres away from the land of a thousand welcomes, Donegal House Irish Hotel (a family-friendly site five minutes’ drive from the South Island coastal town of Kaikoura) is ticking the boxes and serving up a taste of the Emerald Isle. Donegal House is well placed for explorations of this part of Canterbury: head into the mountains along the Fyffe Palmer Mountain Track or the Ohau Stream Walkway and Waterfall, both within 25 minutes of the site, or follow the Kaikoura peninsula walk from the town centre to Point Kean's seal colony. If you’d prefer less of a trek, you’re half an hour’s walk from five kilometres of shingle beach along the New Zealand coast, and there are some prime spots along the seafront for fishing and, further along the coast, surfing. Once your tired little legs start crying out for a rest, head back to Donegal House for a (hopefully not limping) turn around the 2.4 hectares of lawns, gardens and lakes before turning your attention to your stomach – nab a table in the bar-restaurant for a slap-up meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner served), then put your feet up next to one of the open fires while you let the Irish music wash over you, sipping a drink of something warming. Sláinte!

Campground type

RV sites 30
Camper sites 45
Open all year

Tourist board rating

Languages spoken


Nearby parks that are bookable on

Unfortunately, we have no nearby bookable campgrounds.


Leisure on park

Bar or club house Cycle hire Evening entertainment Fishing Fitness centre Indoor swimming pool Kids' club On-site restaurant/cafe Outdoor swimming pool Playground Recreation room/arcade TV room Takeout Tennis Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available Car parking by site/unit Composting toilet Dog park Drying room Free wifi Grocery store Ice pack freezing Internet access Laundromat Parent & baby washroom Payphone Pick-up from public transport Portable toilet Pub toilets Restrooms Shower available Washing-up area Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly Motorcycle friendly Single-sex groups welcome Student groups welcome


Barbecue grills allowed Barbecue provided Campfires allowed Commercial vehicles allowed Dogs allowed Dogs allowed all year


Lake and/or mountain Peaceful Spectacular scenery


Charging facilities Dump station Electric car charging point(s) Propane/gas cylinders available Recycling available Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby Dog walk nearby


Farm Large (51-200 sites)


Disabled facilities

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby Cycling nearby Fishing nearby Mountain biking nearby Surf school nearby


Donegal House Irish Hotel

258 Schoolhouse Road



New Zealand




Pacific/Auckland +1200 (GMT+12:00)



Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

You won’t have to go far from Donegal House Irish Hotel to get a taste of life in this part of New Zealand: poke around the colonial cottage of Fyffe House, explore the Lavendyl Lavender Farm, visit the Kaikoura Museum for marine fossils and Maori artefacts, or tick off a stereotype with a visit to the Point Sheep Shearing Show. Kaikoura is a must-visit for anyone who wants to get up close with the animals. Within 15 minutes’ drive of Donegal House, you can swim with seals and dolphins, try whale spotting (by boat or plane), go for a ride on a llama, and meet sharks and seahorses at the Kaikoura Marine Aquarium touch tank. Have something more cinematic in mind? Tolkienites will have to undergo a trek not unlike Frodo’s to see the spectacular Lord of the Rings locations on the South Island, though the jaunts are certainly worth it. Start three and a half hours away in Nelson Tasman where you can visit the workshop of Jens Hansen, the designer behind the movies’ central piece of jewellery, then keep heading south through Takaka Hill (where Strider first helped the hobbits evade the Black Riders) and take a helicopter over Mount Olympus, Mount Owen and Mount Sunday, which also served as backdrops to the action.


No reviews yet.

  • Does Donegal House Irish Hotel have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Donegal House Irish Hotel dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Donegal House Irish Hotel? You won’t have to go far from Donegal House Irish Hotel to get a taste of life in this part of New Zealand: poke around the colonial cottage of Fyffe House, explore … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Donegal House Irish Hotel?
    RV, travel trailer and tent sites
    Arrive:  12:30 p.m. –  11 p.m.
    Depart by:  11:30 a.m.

    Please check in at the office or, if you’re arriving after hours, in the bar.

    Read more