Camping in Marlborough


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Camping in Marlborough

Storm event update:

The Wairau Diversion responsible camping area at Neal Road, Marshlands, near Blenheim, was closed after a significant storm event in July. A strip of land alongside the river was washed away and remedial options are being prepared for his area. In the meantime a temporary area for overnight camping has been set up at the Wairau Diversion. Visitors are limited to a stay of two nights only and only in a fully self-contained vehicle. Tents and non self-contained vehicles are not permitted.

Where to Camp in Marlborough

All campers are asked to stay in commercial campgrounds, Department of Conservation (DOC) camps and other responsible camping sites.

This printable brochure provides information about where to camp.

Useful Links

AA Traveller website

Department of Conservation

See a map of DOC campgrounds and MDC responsible camping sites

Responsible camping sites for self-contained vehicles only

The Marlborough District Council Responsible Camping Control Bylaw 2020 provides for camping by self-contained vehicles only.

Where can you camp? Fully self-contained vehicle Vehicle spaces available Number of nights Permitted times
Renwick Domain carpark Yes 10 2 6.00 pm to 9.00 am
Lake Elterwater, Grassmere Yes
Wairau Diversion Reserve, Blenheim Yes 75 2
Taylor Dam Reserve, Blenheim Yes 10 2
Wynen Street Carpark, Blenheim Yes 1 6.00 pm to 9.00 am

Save yourself a $200 freedom camping infringement fine and stay at commercial campgrounds, DOC campgrounds or the Council's responsible camping sites and follow the rules.

If any of the sites are full please go to the nearest campground.

If you see people camping in non-permitted areas or causing problems, please contact the Marlborough District Council on phone: 03 520 7400.

Map of Designated Campervan Parking Sites

See a map of overnight campervan parking sites in Marlborough. Information about each area can be seen by selecting an individual site within the map.

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