Onamalutu Campsite

Onamalutu Campsite

Northbank of the Wairau River.



16 Rankers Reviews

3 Face-to-Face

87 Basic Camping

10 Blenheim



Onamalutu Scenic Reserve


This campsite is set in a remnant podocarp forest. The start of the Wakamarina tramping track is 8 km away.

The Onamalutu Camping Ground is not far from State Highway 6, this campsite is set on grassy flats, surrounded by established native forest. No fires permitted.


Feature Value Info


South IslandMarlboroughBlenheim


  • Basic Camping

Operating Season And Hours

All year.





  • Unpowered Campsite

    Number of tent sites - 50.

    Adult $8/day
    Child $4/day


Showing 8 reviews of 16.

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Tash & Laura

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful location , big grassy field surrounded by trees. Lots of flat spots. No phone signal!! Toilets well maintained. Lots of bees and flies. Nice walkways but sadly stream was all dry when we visited. Only 4 other vans there with us and plenty of space.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Megan Belanger

Ranking: 10/10

Super clean bathrooms, amazing open spaces, and a cute picnic table area. Lots of little flies made it annoying to sit down and eat, so we walked and ate! But it’s much better than dealing with sandflies. Most of these were just harmless little flies. There weren’t many people there so it felt very private. Great cheap place for camping - 8$/person. Would recommend.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Don Strachan

Ranking: 10/10

Delightful spot only maybe 15mins from Blenheim. Big space but lots of good little corners to tuck into. Decent toilets & not too many sandflies or mossies. Pretty quiet too.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Emma Guthrie

Ranking: 7/10

We stayed around New Years, lots of family’s, sandflies and little shade on the big field. But the short walk to the river is lovely. No showers but the toilets are kept nice.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Jasmine's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful big grassy field. It was empty when we were there. Very quiet and blissful! Lots of sandflies though...

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Eric Jackson

Ranking: 10/10

Large open Green space with lots of room for campers. Quiet, just birds in the morning. About 15 kilometres outside Renwick, on paved road. $8 pp, $5 for electricity.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Joanna du Toit

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Flush toilets, plenty of taps (boil water warning) and outdoor sink for kitchen/laundry. Large campground with little disturbance from other campers. Powered sites on the right side of the grounds. Nice wonder down to the stream (or maybe it was more like a creek). Negligible number of sandflies. $6 per adult per night.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Grant Annan

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome camp. Clean and sheltered. One of the best we have stayed at.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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