Our Story

KiwiCamp is the brainchild of young businessman and entrepreneur, Chris Wagner from Blenheim. Chris owns and operates Riverlands Roadhouse, a truck stop designed to cater for drivers in the heavy transport industry. 

With ample parking, a 24/7 café on site and access to toilets, showers, and laundry facilities this spot became increasingly popular with travelers looking for somewhere inexpensive and secure to park for the night and use the facilities.

The influx of this new type of customer presented many challenges for Chris but, rather than asking campers to move on, he put considerable thought, time, into coming up with a way to meet their basic security, hygiene and social needs.

'I needed something durable and affordable, environmentally responsible and simple to use. The trick is to be able to charge customers with minimal staff costs and security issues'. 

KiwiCash was created along side the KiwiCamp concept to enable payment for services, identify customers, communicate with users and manage site operation.

Chris has spent many years traveling overseas and has been involved in operating these types of services for over 10 years. He and his wife Kamila met while freedom camping in NZ so they have a clear understanding of what a camper’s needs are, and together they opened the first KiwiCamp at their Riverlands Roadhouse site in March 2017.

KiwiCamp and KiwiCash were born.


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