Onamalutu Campsite

Onamalutu Campsite

Northbank of the Wairau River.


21 Rankers Reviews

3 Face-to-Face

18 Basic Camping

2 Blenheim


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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


DOC Marlborough

Central government organisation


South IslandMarlboroughBlenheim


  • Basic Camping

Operating Season And Hours

All year.


Showing 13 reviews of 21.

Georgia's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Loved this campsite, our favourite stop during our 2 week trip! Large grassy area, plenty of space for your own privacy. Clean toilets, nice river and small bush walks close by. So much space that would be great for kids. The bird watching is another plus and minimal sandflies. Picnic tables available and taps, power available also for extra cost. We will definitely be back!

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Renee Green

Ranking: 10/10

My partner and I b-lind it off the Ferry and went to a number of camping locations. This one here was the one we picked for our first night down south. There was so much space onsite and only 7 other people on-site. However, they were a very long way away so we had our own privacy. Great facilities such as a toilet and cleaning station for dishes. Would definitely go back and camp here in the future!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Denise Philpott

Ranking: 10/10

Just a beautiful place, so tranquil with places to set up in the sun or shade. Only four others there so it must be a best kept secret. No worries getting our caravan in.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Linda's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Price: p.p $8,00 and $5,00 for stream for one night
Location: it's a big field in the forest, it's quite and peaceful
Insects: in the evening a few fly
Wc’s: clean, flushing toilets
Douche: no but a sink where you can wash

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Jenny's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Huge grassy field not to far from the main road and all paved roads leading to it. We were one of 3 groups there so had plenty of space to ourselves! Nice toilet block but grass is quite long so if it rains everything gets wet!!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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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 about 3 years 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 about 3 years 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 over 3 years 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 over 3 years ago

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 over 3 years 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 about 4 years 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 over 4 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 over 4 years ago

DOC Managed

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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Cymen Crick