Marfells Beach Campsite

Marfells Beach Campsite

Marfells Beach area



52 Rankers Reviews

21 Face-to-Face

302 Basic Camping

35 Blenheim



Marfells Beach Recreation Reserve


Beautiful campsite beside a gravel beach not far from Lake Grassmere. Enjoy the sea and sun, or walk along the beach at low tide to Cape Campbell Lighthouse. Toilets, water and cold showers available.
No fires permitted.


Feature Value Info


South IslandMarlboroughBlenheim


  • Basic Camping

Operating Season And Hours

All year.





  • Unpowered Campsite

    Number of tent sites - 30.

    Adult $8/day
    Child $4/day


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Camping crew

Ranking: 9/10

Gorgeous sea view sites. No potable water available.

Reviewed 28 days ago

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Susie's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Camp right on the edge of the beach.
Road turns into a gravel track and paradise opens up.
Jeff, the camp host, is a lovely chap .... people like Jeff
looking after the site enables us to camp there. A very fine gentleman.
Two toilet blocks containing a cold shower in each.
The water must be boiled for at least 3 mins, filtered and treated.
I will go back to this late piece of heaven.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Shannon's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

We arrived late, location was actually quite nice. The DOC guy made me uneasy on arrival and when I was filling out paperwork he asked for my pH number. Thinking nothing of it I asked if my husbands would be ok as I knew his off by heart. Thinking it was part of the booking process. Apparently if I have a husband he doesn't need my number... Yeah not a great start. Female with 3 kids and the camp manager makes a pass in the middle of the night. We made sure to set up between 2 ppl that would easily rouse if there was any disruption. A tent site with kids and 2 parents and a couple also in a tent. As far from the managers caravan as we could. Figured if anything dodge happened they'd hear it faster than a camper van. Internet was hit and miss too but I made sure friends knew where we were and what happened in case it turned to custard. Unless the current manager moves on we won't be back sadly. It was a nice location but isolated so not somewhere you want to be if you don't feel safe

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Ranking: 4/10

A great place to spend the night listening to the waves. Beach grey sand and dolphins present. One set of toilets and showers very dirty and the other ok. DOC host extremely rude when I unknowingly presented my Campers conservation pass purchased from Rankers that it was not ok to be used that time of year. We had to pay 8 dollars each for the night. Have found the Campers conservation pass not worth the hassle as can't be used widely. The DOC host made a totally inappropriate comment to my partner about females. It is time he stopped doing this job.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Molly's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Amazing scenery, we got there at night and easily got a park away from others overlooking the ocean. Clean flushing toilets and a cold shower available.

Reviewed 11 months ago and experienced in November 2018

Lukas's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Nice place for camping with ocean view.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Jasmine's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Not a bad spot for the price. Extremely busy though! We arrived at around 7 and barely managed to find a space for our tent. Everyone kind of Parks/tents up on the side of the road. As expected for the Christmas holidays though I guess. Beautiful beach. Quiet in the evenings. Be prepared to wake up to the squawking of guls at 5am! Clean toilets and a cold shower which was all we needed.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Clive Craven


Ranking: 9/10

Why do stupid people give a poor rating due to the conduct of other people at a campsite?
This rating system is for the campsite, not outside influences.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in January 2018

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