Marfells Beach Campsite

Marfells Beach Campsite

Marfells Beach area


62 Rankers Reviews

21 Face-to-Face


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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


DOC Marlborough

Central government organisation


South IslandMarlboroughBlenheim


  • Basic Camping

Operating Season And Hours

All year.


Showing 13 reviews of 62.

Mark Hunter's avatar

Mark Hunter

Ranking: 5/10

Nice place but basic facilities and could be kept cleaner. No soap! Difficult to figure out how to book in, but we followed the instructions and put the slip in the box and the other part on our windscreen. We had a DOC pass so no $ to pay. No idea or signage there was anyone to see on booking in. Next morning we got a lecture from a very rude woman who apparently was the camp commendant telling us she didn't know who we were and we should have seen her on the way in. How about some signage explaining that on the way in. Also we are paying customers so don't expect to be treated in a rude manner. DOC you can do better!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Kev's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic campsite, the beach on your doorstep, toilet, cold shower, me and my beautiful wife, perfect.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Laz.'s avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Loved it. Basic DOC site with better than average facilities and a great location. Great place to just chill out.

Reviewed 11 months ago and experienced in March 2021

Tim's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Awesome DoC campsite by the beach. This is how campsites should be, great friendly camp manager, awesome location next the beach and plenty of sites.

Pros: cheap, great location, wildlife, great sites with every one with a water tap. Friendly helpful camp manager.

Cons: basic facilities, but you’d expect that given it’s a standard site. Can get rather busy with day trippers on the weekends taking up sites for a picnic.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Valg's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

A popular place by the beach. Large area ,plenty of places to park. We parked on the higher ground at the end by the new toilet block. Great views . A great stop off .

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Boardwalk Blss

United States

Ranking: 9/10

As others have described a beautiful stretch of quiet sandy coastline with lots of grass sites looking directly onto the beach. In July 2020 looked as tho some sites were boggy. Clean flushing toilets. Medium height bushes provide some shade and privacy and some picnic tables available. No hot or potable water. If you are short on green vegetables take a walk beyond the end of the road .... there’s self sown silver beet all over!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in July 2020

Rebecca's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful location with parking spots right on the water. We found a wonderful private spot to park near the higher toilet block and it was magical to fall asleep to the sound of the waves and wake up to a beautiful sunrise. Toilet block was clean and simple. Cold showers which we didn't use. Bring your own hand soap and drinking water or boil the water provided. Highly recommend this place, only reason to not give a 10 was that it was very windy when we were there but still fabulous!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Lauren's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Lovely little DOC-run campsite with two blocks of toilets and cold showers. There are a few different areas suitable for campervan a or tents, most with water views.
Most sites face north/east so keep that in mind during windy weather.
Have stayed here twice and enjoyed it both times!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Kysha's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Excellent DOC campsite. $8 per adult with clean toilets and cold showers available.

Plenty of beach front sites, was nice to fall asleep listening to the waves.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

cgu228's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Right next to the beach along a strip of grass. We arrived around 6pm and managed to get a pretty decent spot. There are two toilet blocks, one is older than the other, both with cold showers. Definitely worth the $8 pp a night, only downside is there is no drinking water available on site.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Camping crew

Ranking: 9/10

Gorgeous sea view sites. No potable water available.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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 about 3 years ago

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Shannon Allison

New Zealand

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 over 3 years ago

DOC Managed

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Cymen Crick