Stunning vista 15 mins walk from the Canaan Downs campsite

Image: Andy Maw | Creative Commons


Located near the entrances to a number of tracks in Abel Tasman National Park; mountain biking, walking, tramping and caving activities are all nearby.

Campsite overview


  • Car


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
  • Wheelchair accessible
10 non-powered/tent sites


  • Caving
  • Mountain biking
  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

Getting there

From SH 60 on the Takaka Hill Rd turn off at Canaan Rd and follow it 11 km to end. This is a gravel road, steep, windy and is icy in winter.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1590897, N5467579
Latitude: -40.94287224, Longitude: 172.89185511 


  • Adult (18+ years): $8 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $4 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free

Pay cash on arrival at the self-registration stand at the campsite.


The campsite pass for rental campervans can be used at this campsite.

DOC/NZMCA campsite passes cannot be used at this campsite.

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.


Mountain biking, walking and tramping activities are all nearby, with the entrances to a number of tracks in Abel Tasman National Park located near Pikikirunga/Canaan Downs.

There are also opportunities for experienced cavers at Harwoods Hole, who have familiarised themselves with the Harwoods Hole and Starlight Cave guidelines.

Know before you go

Fires are not permitted at any time.


Mohua / Takaka Office
Phone:   +64 3 525 8026
Address:   62 Commercial Street
Takaka 7110
Postal Address:   PO Box 166
Takaka 7142
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