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Robin Hood Bay Camping Ground is a small, basic camping site which is free of charge! The bay itself is isolated, beautiful and one of the most reliable surf locations in Marlborough. The access road includes 10 to 20 minutes of gravel road if you are coming from Blenheim, or well over an hours drive if you are heading in from Picton. The road is definitely not suitable for caravans, it is very steep, windy and narrow in patches - but with incredible views along the way.
NOTE - This campground gets busy in peak times and is limited to 8 campervans. If you're a late arrival then please don't overcrowd it, as this affects everyone who arrived early.

A cheeky view of the surf conditions

A cheeky view of the surf conditions

Robin Hood Bay Recreation Reserve

Robin Hood Bay Recreation Reserve

W Chippendale

Contact

Phone: (03) 5729100

Phone (intl): +64 3 5729100

Blenheim Address:
Robin Hood Bay, Rarangi

Operating Season And Hours: All year

Map

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45 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 4.

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Michelle D

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful views and secluded spot to camp in. We had great weather and shared the campground with only a few other vehicles. Long drop toilet, clean condition.

Reviewed 15 days ago

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Alyson Reid

Ranking: 7/10

If you're driving from Picton, don't drive along the winding road from the north. It takes forever! Instead, drive first to Blenheim and approach the campsite from the south.
A pretty spot, but not ideal if it's raining.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Catherine Hunter

Ranking: 8/10

Great spot if you are willing to make the drive out. Very quiet and beautiful views. Beware of minimal cell phone coverage (if at all!) and the sandflies. The site is flat so good for tents and toilet is regularly cleaned. Not a huge site and was overcrowded by the time I woke up. Don't be surprised if you can't get your car out in the am because someone pitched a tent behind it!

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Lizzy Cobeldick

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Great spot, easy to find via safe gravel road, and clean toilet. No water supply, small area but there was 12 other cars there and did not feel cramped. Stoney beach.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Michael Talbot

Ranking: 8/10

Nice simple camp close to the beach. Quite small area, beautiful place to be.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Chas Bronson

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Great place to review the beach in private. Very clean facilities, but it is quiet and a way out of town. Dirt road and a long one at that!

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

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Lisa

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Free, simple campsite in a remote bay - the way towards North not passing Blenheim is large, but stunning views reward you! Sandflies!

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

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Jonas

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Great camping spot. It is a beautiful road that takes you there. On low tide, you get to collect Paua - prepare for sandflies.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

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Niels Bellaar

Ranking: 9/10

Nice little site with toilet, already very crowded at 6pm in January. Protip: if self-contained and coming from Rarangi; drive past the DOC campsite for about 500m and you'll have a huge open grass field with awesome oceanview.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Rodrigo

Italy

Ranking: 9/10

Best DOC campsite I have been to in New Zealand. The bay 10km after the campsite is wonderfully perfect for spending a sunny day with your friends.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2016

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Joanne Butfield

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Several people despite being mid winter, mid week and miles from anywhere! Sandflies were plentiful too. We're self contained so didn't use amenities. Great beach and surf.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Chadd Holland

Ranking: 10/10

Great spot PLUS there's surf! It's on the road, but it's so quiet here that barely any cars actually drive to it. The drive here is also absolutely stunning no matter which way you're travelling. Highly recommended.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Tatiana Rochereau

Ranking: 6/10

Beautiful location but the road to come to it is so dangerous. We have a Toyota Estima 4WD but not enough to drive on this road. Some parts are just sand, so slippery and with going down so dangerous. Too much weight and my boyfriend lost the direction. We were close to having an accident. But well, a just beautiful location. The water was quite cold. No water supply. Only 10 spots are flat because the ground is steep. PLEASE DON'T SPIT YOUR TOOTHPASTE OR THROW YOUR LIQUID DISH WASHING IN WATER AND EARTH. Protect and respect nature !

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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45 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 4.

Michelle D's avatar

Michelle D

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful views and secluded spot to camp in. We had great weather and shared the campground with only a few other vehicles. Long drop toilet, clean condition.

Reviewed 15 days ago

Alyson Reid's avatar

Alyson Reid

Ranking: 7/10

If you're driving from Picton, don't drive along the winding road from the north. It takes forever! Instead, drive first to Blenheim and approach the campsite from the south.
A pretty spot, but not ideal if it's raining.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Catherine Hunter's avatar

Catherine Hunter

Ranking: 8/10

Great spot if you are willing to make the drive out. Very quiet and beautiful views. Beware of minimal cell phone coverage (if at all!) and the sandflies. The site is flat so good for tents and toilet is regularly cleaned. Not a huge site and was overcrowded by the time I woke up. Don't be surprised if you can't get your car out in the am because someone pitched a tent behind it!

Reviewed 3 months ago

Lizzy Cobeldick's avatar

Lizzy Cobeldick

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Great spot, easy to find via safe gravel road, and clean toilet. No water supply, small area but there was 12 other cars there and did not feel cramped. Stoney beach.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Michael Talbot's avatar

Michael Talbot

Ranking: 8/10

Nice simple camp close to the beach. Quite small area, beautiful place to be.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Chas Bronson

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Great place to review the beach in private. Very clean facilities, but it is quiet and a way out of town. Dirt road and a long one at that!

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

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Lisa's avatar

Lisa

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Free, simple campsite in a remote bay - the way towards North not passing Blenheim is large, but stunning views reward you! Sandflies!

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

Jonas's avatar

Jonas

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Great camping spot. It is a beautiful road that takes you there. On low tide, you get to collect Paua - prepare for sandflies.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

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Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

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Niels Bellaar's avatar

Niels Bellaar

Ranking: 9/10

Nice little site with toilet, already very crowded at 6pm in January. Protip: if self-contained and coming from Rarangi; drive past the DOC campsite for about 500m and you'll have a huge open grass field with awesome oceanview.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Rodrigo's avatar

Rodrigo

Italy

Ranking: 9/10

Best DOC campsite I have been to in New Zealand. The bay 10km after the campsite is wonderfully perfect for spending a sunny day with your friends.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2016

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Joanne Butfield

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Several people despite being mid winter, mid week and miles from anywhere! Sandflies were plentiful too. We're self contained so didn't use amenities. Great beach and surf.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Chadd Holland's avatar

Chadd Holland

Ranking: 10/10

Great spot PLUS there's surf! It's on the road, but it's so quiet here that barely any cars actually drive to it. The drive here is also absolutely stunning no matter which way you're travelling. Highly recommended.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Tatiana Rochereau's avatar

Tatiana Rochereau

Ranking: 6/10

Beautiful location but the road to come to it is so dangerous. We have a Toyota Estima 4WD but not enough to drive on this road. Some parts are just sand, so slippery and with going down so dangerous. Too much weight and my boyfriend lost the direction. We were close to having an accident. But well, a just beautiful location. The water was quite cold. No water supply. Only 10 spots are flat because the ground is steep. PLEASE DON'T SPIT YOUR TOOTHPASTE OR THROW YOUR LIQUID DISH WASHING IN WATER AND EARTH. Protect and respect nature !

Reviewed about 2 years ago