Marlborough’s brilliant climate and diverse landscapes make it great for camping, whether you choose a tent or campervan for your holiday.
Tap into the brilliant facilities at one of the holiday parks, pitch up at one of the many Department of Conservation sites at the edge of the Marlborough Sounds, or in remote locations like the historic Cobb Cottage site at the edge of Molesworth Station.
Tap in the facilities at one of many holiday parks or pitch up a tent at one of the Department of Conservation campsites. A mix of locations are available including absolute waterfront camping in the Marlborough Sounds, high country farm campsites in Molesworth Station and riverside camping amongst native bush near Pelorus Bridge and Havelock.
Where to camp
You’ll find a warm welcome at holiday parks, and stunning sites at the 48 conservation campsites in Marlborough, from Elaine Bay in the Marlborough Sounds, to Marfells Beach at the edge of the Pacific.
Guide to camping in Marlborough
Dog-friendly DOC sites
There are plenty of beautiful camping spots in Marlborough where you can take your dogs, as long as they are kept on a leash. You'll need to obtain a permit from the Department of Conservation's South Marlborough or Picton office before you go.
Camping with your dog in Marlborough
Roy Grose DOC Conservation Services Manager, Marlborough Sounds
“Marlborough is the mountains to the sea. One day you can be out in the Marlborough Sounds, and the next day be up at Lake Rotoiti. On the way you can stop and pick cherries or have a glass of wine at a cellar door. It doesn’t get much better than that.”My insider guide to Marlborough
If you are freedom camping in a self-contained campervan, you can park up at one of the Marlborough District Council’s designated spots, including Double Bay and Ohingaroa Bay in the Mahau Sound, Ohauparuparu Bay in Kenepuru Sound, Wairau Diversion Reserve in Blenheim and Taylor Dam Reserve, Blenheim.
Those without loos on board can go to the following designated freedom camping sites: Elterwater, Blairich Reserve in the Awatere Valley or Collins Memorial at Koromiko. There are some restrictions on these campsites, so for more information, go to the Marlborough District Council site.
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