Marfells Beach Campsite

Marfells Beach Campsite

Marfells Beach area



55 Rankers Reviews

21 Face-to-Face

234 Basic Camping

27 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.






Showing 8 reviews of 55.

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 3 months 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 6 months ago

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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 9 months ago

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Camping crew

Ranking: 9/10

Gorgeous sea view sites. No potable water available.

Reviewed 11 months 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 over 1 year ago

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 over 1 year ago

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helbel's avatar



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 over 1 year ago

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 over 1 year ago and experienced in November 2018

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