Don’t just spend a night, enjoy our facilities for as long as you can, get to know the locals – the very inquisitive and cheeky resident Weka’s. NZ Native Kereru (Wood Pigeon), listen to the chorus of Bellbirds & Tui’s and if your extremely fortunate our onsite Kiwi’s may take a peek at you from under the cover of darkness and a Kea or two might fly over your campsite!  The perfect paradise for bird watchers!

Arthur’s Pass

The township and the pass are named after Sir Arthur Dudley Dobson (1841–1934). Arthur Dobson had been tasked by the Chief Surveyor, Thomas Cass, to find out if there was an available pass out of the Waimakariri watershed into valleys running to the West Coast. In 1864, his brother Edward joined him and accompanied him into the valley of the Otira River. A West Coast Māori Chief, Tarapuhi, told Arthur of a pass that Māori hunting parties occasionally used. When Arthur returned to Christchurch, he sketched the country he had traversed and included it in a report to Cass. Arthur Dobson did not name the pass, which he found very steep on the western side.Dobson named the site that became the township Camping Flat. Read more about Arthur’s Pass here:


With very little pollution and beautiful clear skies, Jackson’s Retreat Apline Holiday Park is an ideal spot to gaze at the stars at night.


For your adrenaline rush Jet Boating on the Mighty Taramakau River or you can choose to play on Lake Poerua or Lake Brunner.

Contact us to find out more about outdoor adventure and activities available when you stay at Jackson’s Retreat Alpine Holiday Park.


SNOW – The Temple Basin is just 25 minutes (30km) from Jackson’s Retreat Alpine Holiday Park.

WATER –  Lake Brunner, just 15 minutes (17km) from the Jackson’s Retreat Alpine Holiday Park.

At Jackson’s you can base yourself for all your outdoor adventurers!

Bike trails

An invigorating area for both experienced and not so experienced riders with great trails, roads and wonderful scenery.

There are many areas to explore by Bike, please inquire at the office for the current Free Cycle Trail Guides.

We also have free bike use for Adult guests.

West coast fishing

Your in the famous West Coast which is known for it’s abundant Whitebait, Salmon and Brown Trout.

The Mighty Taramakau River, Lake Poerua or the locals best kept secret Lake Brunner for any or all of your fishing adventures.

Please note that you will require a fishing license…don’t forget…don’t miss out!

Glow worms

When you first arrive at Jackson’s you will notice our Glow Worm signs around the park, these could be as close as a 5 minute walk from your camp site to a half hour night time bush walk.

At the Waterfall track turn-off we have a sign to let you know where these Dells sites are.

Ask at the office for complementary Red Cellophane to cover your torch not only for your night vision but also so you don’t scare the Kiwi’s away as your walking through their habitat!

All this is Free and included in your camping tariff!