Rarangi Campsite

Rarangi Campsite

Blenheim area


21 Rankers Reviews

6 Face-to-Face


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Rarangi Bay
The big old pines along the beach front
Local walkways


Camp next to a beach. Fish, walk, picnic, surf or walk to Monkey Bay.

Take in the beautiful Cloudy Bay area, great walking on the beach, not far from Blenheim.


Feature Value Info


DOC Marlborough

Central government organisation


South IslandMarlboroughBlenheim


  • Basic Camping

Operating Season And Hours

All year.


Showing 13 reviews of 21.

Rach's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Really nice spot next to scenic rugged beach (too rough for swimming but stunning scenery). Lots of spaces, price was $8 per person to be paid by cash. Clean flushing toilets, sinks, and even a couple of cold showers. Would definitely stay here again, and easier access than going over the extremely long and windey gravel road to Robin Hood bay (which had no taps). Has walks to do nearby too. Also noticed fewer mosquitos here than at other sites which was a bonus

Reviewed 2 months ago

Ge's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Great place to stay for the night much nicer than other small doc campsites. Lots of people staying there and lovely doc host. Good clean toilets. Beach was very rough when we went.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Jason Furness

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Great spot, Parked up under the trees. Pebble beach, cold showers and clean toilets. DOC host was lovely, told us about the glow worms and the pirate style cove around the corner, made the night stay even better. Nice and quiet, was a great first night in a DOC site

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Delphine's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Very good place ! It’s 8$ pp.
You have toilet, water and cold shower. It’s clean.
Behind the Doc you have a beach with black sand. And they are wormcave and a view point.
Ranger is very nice.
Be careful there are few sandflies and mostiquos.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Katie's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Really loved it here! Clean, quiet, and right by the water. Cold showers available.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Johanna's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

February - We had a great one-night stay, although very windy.

When we arrived, a volunteer from DOC came by to inform us about the place and explain a lot of walks and caves with glow worms near the area. Amazing!

The campsite is right next to a beautiful, long beach with dark sand. Sunrise over the sea and sunset over the mountains. We enjoyed!

The facilites were great, clean flush toilets, cold shower (not the worst I've had) and sinks. A lot of campers when we were here, both tents, campervans and motorhomes. Easy access and worth the money. We had a Conservation Campsite Pass.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Francois & Caroline

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice campsite close to Picton. Good and clean facilities (toilets - we didn't use the shower).
Lovely DOC manager who recommended to us to enjoy 'free' glowworme caves next to the campsite and to enjoy sunrise on the beach early in the morning.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Cefa's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Very nice site. Love the way it is sectioned out for different sized campers and tent sites. Very nice toilets block with a shower..cold but if you need one..better than nothing :) Nice easy walk to the beach. Close to the ferry, which makes it a nice spot to either start your adventure in the South Island or to end it.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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J W Peters

Ranking: 10/10

Brillant camp, close to beach, hard stands for big vans, clean grounds, toilets and cold showers.
Manager a lovely man and pets welcome.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Carol Brislane


Ranking: 9/10

Upgraded campsite and facilities excellent. Right next to the beach. Can get a bit windy but can pick your spot. Camp hosts in attendance to collect fees. Good walks along beach. Good stopping point prior to, or after taking picton ferry

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Shauna Stueve

Ranking: 9/10

The campsite itself is nice and simple. Clean bathrooms and a clean cold shower. The host is very sweet and she is informative. The surroundings at this site are amazing, and really the reason why you should visit. Green hills and a peaceful coastline. You can't see the ocean from your campsite, but just pull a chair a bit up by a few feet and your view is amazing. Take the hike into Whites Bay for a workout and breathtaking views. It takes about 45 minutes to a hour each way, but longer if you want to enjoy the beautiful sandy beach at Whites Bay. Also, there are stairs next to the campsite leading to an amazing view and a small beach. This is a great spot for a night for a hike and after wine tasting.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Kath Dawson

Ranking: 7/10

OK spot, sea nearby and so are a few walking tracks. Be aware that the one to White Bay from the campsite is a straight up climb, take plenty of water. Toilets are reasonable, cold showers. Blenheim and Picton areas are nearby for exploring.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Craig Ferry

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

It is what it is...... cold shower is somewhat of a nice touch next to the ocean. Peaceful, if you are on a budget then just stay here.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Cymen Crick