Robin Hood Bay Campsite

Robin Hood Bay Campsite

Blenheim area


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A cheeky view of the surf conditions
Robin Hood Bay Recreation Reserve


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.


Feature Value Info


South IslandMarlboroughBlenheim


  • Basic Camping
  • Free

Operating Season And Hours

All year


Showing 13 reviews of 48.

Wayne Turp's avatar

Wayne Turp

New Zealand

Ranking: 1/10

Went to camp here today to find a ramshackle collection of tents, fly sheets and a decrepit caravan occupying the majority of the available space. There didn’t seem to be anyone in residence so I presume it has been set up as a fly camp?

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Aisling's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Don't pull into the signposted spot, go 500m up the road to the huge flat green. You have amazing views of the ocean from here. Sandflies are everywhere so bring repellant. There's a drop toilet in the signposted site which we didn't use. We walked up about 4mins the other direction and used the one there. It was perfect and clean. Only about 4 campers around us so nice and quiet. It is a long gravel road which is windy so be careful. Great spot for a quiet night

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Really cool camping spot, the road to get there was a long gravel road but doable, our campervan could handle it. We came in around 5 and there was plenty of space. We did a little bit of surfing, the waves were nice.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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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 over 3 years 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 over 3 years 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 over 3 years 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 over 3 years 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 almost 4 years 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 over 4 years ago and experienced in November 2016

Lisa's avatar



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 over 4 years ago and experienced in November 2016

Jonas's avatar



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 over 4 years 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 4 years ago

Rodrigo's avatar



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 about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Nick Morrison

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