Te Moana Gorge Camp 3


4.3 from 3 users.


Leishman Road, Kakahu, South Island.



There are three camp sites in Te Moana Gorge, all within 2km of each other alongside the babbling waters of the Hae Hae Te Moana River. Maximum stay 3 nights (please arrive after 4pm and leave before 10am) Camping is permitted in both self-contained and non self-contained vehicles. Camping in tents is also permitted. The bush is remnant of the vast podocarp forest that once covered the Canterbury foothills. Best known of the podocarp family of trees are rimu, kahikatea, mata, miro and ttara. In its natural state, a podocarp forest can be lush with a dense undergrowth of shrubs, ferns and tree-ferns. Podocarps like all plants in the conifer family reproduce using cones, but podocarp cones are extremely modified and look more like berries. These are attractive to birds which help to spread the seeds. Listen for the distinctive calls of the bellbird (korimako) and the grey warbler (riroriro). Keep an eye out for the cheeky fantails (piwakawaka) as they flit from branch to branch and the New Zealand pigeon (kereru), another frequent visitor. If you are really lucky you may get to see a whio, our very special native blue duck. Look out for the black edges on its bill. The rock cliffs and trees of The Te Moana Gorge are also home to the native long tailed bat (pekapeka). Further on up the Te Moana Gorge is the spectacular waterfall and walking tracks. Please camp responsibly: Always use a toilet Please dont litter Please dispose of toilet waste sensibly Respect your fellow campers Be prepared Weather in New Zealand can change unexpectedly so make sure you check the forecast for any warnings and always carry appropriate provisions.

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Lat: -44.041995 Lng: 171.085264

User Reviews


klaproos. rozenberg

Lovely spot. Very quiet. Toilets at second/ third campground (quite a walk from the first one) were clean and with tp. We were here all alone. Breakfast with the sound of the water.. Third campground seemed unreachable upon arrival in the dark because the road was flooded. But may be just a thin layer. We didn't dare to check in the dark, plenty of space before there anyways.



There is another Camping place 500 prior to this. Scenery is nice but nothing Special. Very quiet and not very crowded. gravel road is in good condition. Toilets we're not in good condition but usable.


Legacy Data

Several lovely swimming holes - when it is warmer. In the middle of a forestry block.


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