The most picturesque camp site on the Banks Peninsula and the only one in Wainui!

Facilities include a basic kitchen area with barbeque, picnic tables, ablution block, and vehicle access off Wainui Valley Road.

Our camp ground is open to the public for camping year round.

  • Basic kitchen area (1 x commercial oven, 2 x fridges, 1 x chest freezer, microwave, toasters)
  • Two toilets, two showers
  • Picnic tables
  • Outside tap


What it has to offer in spades is:
  • Beautiful environment: a number of camping spots separated by trees, a stream, bridges, stairs etc
  • Large population of native birdlife – especially woodpigeons
  • Separate area to other facilities at Wainui Park – your own space from other groups
  • Close to beach but far enough away to have shelter from the easterlies and southerlies
  • Access to Wainui Park programme activities, staff expertise and office as required


Site Information

Top Terrace – same level as the kitchen/toilet facilities

Bottom Terrace – adjacent to the river

Soccer Field – opposite side of the river. No vehicle access to this area.

How to Find Us

Wainui is 90km from central Christchurch (1.5 hours drive), follow State Highway 75 towards Akaroa. Turn right at Barry’s Bay into Wainui Main Road, follow this harbour-side road for
8kms to Wainui Bay. Turn right into Wainui Valley Road (opposite the sea wall). Wainui Park is 1km up this road and the camp site is 0.5k past the Powell Village sign.
Please ensure you report to office when you arrive.
To ensure we have staff ready for your arrival, please call 021 090 23892, when you reach Little River.


per night:
Adults $15
Children (5-13) $10
Preschoolers FREE

Power is $15 per site per day

Cars & Boats $10
(summer months only)

One vehicle per site


The campground is closed for a private booking from 14 February to 12 March 2023, next availability is Friday 17 – Sunday 19 March 2023


Booking Enquiry

Type of Accommodation:
Accommodation Preference:



Your booking will be confirmed by us within 48 hours

All bookings must be secured with full payment upon confirmation. This is non-refundable 4 weeks prior to the date of arrival.

The Y reserves the right to refuse any person/group the right to check in or remain on our premises if they believe on reasonable grounds that Y behaviour and conduct expectations are not being met by that person/group, or if their actions demonstrate conflict with Y values.

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL TO CONFIRM SITE.The booking is only complete when we have received a fully completed registration form and full payment.

Things you need to know

The Y’s philosophy places great importance on family time. Please be considerate to other users of the campground, particularly those with young children. We ask that partying is kept to a minimum at night and that campers respect our 9pm noise curfew.

Due to child protection policies, we are unable have casual campers on-site during the week in school term time. Campers are welcome from Friday evening through to Sunday evening at this time and we always welcome enquiries just in case we don’t have a school group on-site.

Arrival: On arrival, please report to our office. This is located up the drive on your left prior to the tent site. You can park by the high ropes course, then come up to see us. Please bring your mask and wear it when interacting with our staff, there will be a QR code to scan in on the door of the office. To ensure we have a staff member ready for your arrival you must text or call this number 021 0902 3892 when driving through Little River/30min away. Please note we have 4 arrival time slots – 2pm, 4pm, 6pm or 8pm – staff will only be available at these times to check you in.

Departure: Pack up and check out by noon on the day of departure.

Payments: Needs to be made prior to arrival date, unless arranged prior to camp, payments can be made through online banking. Remember that time booked for is the time to be paid for.

Parking: There is limited parking at the tent site. Parking is available a short distance away in the public parking area of the camp. This makes for a much more pleasant camping area when cars are only used to drop off gear and are otherwise left elsewhere. We appreciate your co operation.

Rubbish: We recycle most waste and expect guests to separate food, aluminum cans, tin cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles and place into the designated containers.

Kitchen Equipment: The Y provides stoves, coolers, freezers, microwaves and toasters. Guests are expected to bring all other kitchen utensils, appliances, crockery and cutlery.

Washing Machines/Dryers: Available at the office on a pay-as-you-use basis. Please see camp staff and come armed with $2 coins.

Grocery Supplies: Are available from Duvauchelle Store (15mins drive) or Akaroa (25mins drive).

Phone Reception: Cell phone coverage is limited . Vodafone is by far the best, Spark can be sporadic and 2degrees is not available at the camp site at all.

Dogs: Are permitted only in the tent site area and only if they are well controlled by owners. They must not harass any other people or animals. Owners must dispose of all fouling appropriately. Cats are not permitted.

Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking/Vaping: The Y wishes to encourage healthy habits. Alcohol consumption must not impact on other users of the camp. The Y will ask persons using illegal drugs to leave without refund. Please note that Wainui Park is now 100% smokefree/vape free.




Contact us during office hours:
P 03 304 8460


What to do in Wainui

Wainui Park during the school term provides outdoor education experiences for children and young people. However, during the holiday period it is unlikely that we will have staff available to instruct for you which is required for our on-site activities. However, there are ways for your family to entertain themselves including:

  • large playing areas around the park property
  • short walk to beach/foreshore/wharf/slipway
  • tennis courts near beach for public use
  • Hinewai Reserve 25 minutes drive for a beautiful walk in regenerating native bush
  • Barrys Bay Cheese Factory
  • Akaroa Village 25 minutes drive to shops, activities, Onuku Marae etc.

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