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Enjoy Camping on the stunning Kapiti Coast!

quote Lots to do, a beautiful site and just a short walk to the beach. A surprisingly quiet and calm place to stay considering it is so family friendly, great for everyone! closequote  

El Rancho is a peaceful and safe family holiday park bordering the Waikanae River and a short walk to Waikanae Beach, on the Kapiti Coast north of Wellington. 

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We have a range of powered and non-powered camp sites in both our Motorcamp 'top site' area and also down in The Dell. 

The Motorcamp top sites are open all year round, with The Dell sites also available in the peak summer months of December - February.

quote Was the best camping experience ever, well equipped facilities and clean, kids had time of their life! Beach just a short distance and weather was fabulous, thank you El Rancho we'll be back for another holiday and will recommend to family and friends closequote

Recreation and Activities

Camping at El Rancho is a relaxed and laid back affair perfect for families with small children.

Our location is ideal for walking and cycling with tracks bordering the Waikanae River and around the estuary to Waikanae Beach. 

Kapiti has an impressive shared pathway stretching from Peka Peka right down to Paekakariki, that runs right past El Rancho. It is the perfect way to discover the area either by bike or on foot. Check out the local cycle map here.

There are also plenty of other activities to keep the family entertained including the swimming pools, water slide, tennis courts, mini putt, petanque, trampolines and more!

During the Christmas/New Year season (last week of December/first week of January), a variety of daily instructed activities are available and include horse treks, rockwall, go karts, archery, kayaks, paddle boats and air rifles. These activities are subject to availability, with a couple of options being scheduled most days.

This is a great opportunity to try out some of our onsite activities for a special summer holiday price of as little as $4 per person.

At other times of the year, most of our activities need to booked in advance.  Activities that are readily available without prior booking are Swimming Pool (October - April), Mini Golf, Tennis, Petanque and Trampolines.

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Weekend Getaways
If changing the environment and getting away for a quiet weekend of relaxation and leisure is your preference you will not be disappointed with Waikanae as a getaway destination. We boast some of the finest Cafe's and Eateries on the Kapiti Coast. Whether your like pizza, fine dining, Indian or oriental cuisine we have it all within a 5 minute drive from township to beach.

WiFi vouchers and Washer/Drier tokens can be purchased from the Office.

Our showers do not require tokens and do not have time limits, what they do have is excellent water pressure for you to enjoy!

Please note to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all our guests, our site is pet and alcohol free.

quote We were out for our first camping experience and we thoroughly enjoyed it...lovely place, lovely people! closequote

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