Kakanui Camping Ground
About Kakanui

The small town of Kakanui lies on the coast, 14km to the south of Oamaru.

Kakanui River The Kakanui River and its estuary divide the township in two. The part of the settlement south of the river (Campbell's Bay) developed as a collection of cribs (holiday homes) and now is home to many permanent residents and the perfect holiday.

The Kakanui river also attracts many people who enjoy fishing and whitebaiting in season. You will often see row boats or kayaks on the river, as people enjoy the slow moving current.

River MouthThe mouth of the river  is sheltered by cliffs on the south side, and a large shingle bar which is easily accessible on either side, by road from the Kakanui store or access beside the children's play area and public toilets on the south side.Kakanui Mouth

Campbells BayThe view from the south side looks over Campbells Bay (a surf and swimming beach) towards All Day Bay and Moeraki. Playing at Campbells bay

Campbell's Bay provides the first surfable break and the first safe swimming beach (apart from Timaru's Caroline Bay) south of Banks Peninsula. The beach is approximately 2 kilometres long and the southern end is known as All Day Bay (swim safe) which offers more shelter than Campbell's Bay.

The local offshore fishing club has a boat ramp on the north side of the township, and you may also be able to go fishing on Allan's boat for the cost of fuel if he is available.

Kakanui township has a local shop/bottlestore/takeaway and a cafe at the northern end. It is easy to get around the township, with a walking track from the camp to the bridge.


Nearby Attractions

Nearby attractions include the Totara Estate, Clarks Mill, Kuriheka Estate, Teschmakers, all within a short drive from the camping ground.