Kowhai Point Campsite

Kowhai Point Campsite

Wairau River



3 Rankers Reviews

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381 Basic Camping

20 St Arnaud



Kowhai Point Scenic Reserve


Small campsite on SH 63

Camp next to the Wairau River, tucked away among the kanuka. Fish or swim nearby.
Adjacent SH 63, Wash Bridge, Wairau River


Feature Value Info


South IslandNelson RegionSt Arnaud


  • Basic Camping

Operating Season And Hours

All year





  • Unpowered Campsite

    Number of tent sites - 9.

    Adult $8/day
    Child $4/day


Rick's avatar


Ranking: 2/10

Nice spot on the river but a little too far from town of St Arnaud. Mosquito infestation at sunrise and sunset was of biblical proportions. Could not leave quick enough.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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H Harcourt

Ranking: 5/10

So many sand flies! The grounds were pretty unkempt which limited our options for pitching a tent. However we did see a groundskeeper mowing the lawns the morning we left. The road was kinda noisy too but for 6 bucks I shouldn't complain too much! Two long drops and no water supply. Close to Nelson Lakes NP.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Sarah McKenzie

Ranking: 8/10

Nice campsite beside the river. Is right next to the road but it's not a busy road so the road noise didn't bother us through the night. Limited facilities, 2 long drop toilets, no tap but the river is very close for water. Would stay again!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Nick Morrison

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