Robin Hood Bay Campsite

Robin Hood Bay Campsite

Blenheim area

Reviews

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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 month ago

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Aisling

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 1 year ago

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NZroadtrippers

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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 years 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 over 3 years 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 over 3 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 almost 4 years 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 about 4 years 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 over 4 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 over 4 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 over 4 years ago

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Staffan Johansson

Ranking: 7/10

Nice and simple by the water!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Raita

Finland

Ranking: 7/10

Good services and nice place.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in November 2014

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Naelan Le Borgue

France

Ranking: 8/10

A small campsite with toilets, just next to the beach. No water except from the stream under the bridge nearby, but not good to drink.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Doreen Gendel

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Gravel road. Marvelous views on the way there (to the site). You can collect huge mussels and eat them, very tasty.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Erik Nestlez

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Nice location and I really appreciate it that there are free campsites.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Claude Nobs

Ranking: 10/10

Free! Awesome views! Remote & quite Small (~6 vehicles). Got the last space at 6pm, even in off season before christmas!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Kathi

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Free campground with toilet, next to the beach, you need to drive along a gravel road, it is not much comfort but very quiet.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Tom Hill

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Long gravel road to camp but worth the drive. Nice and quiet.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Romina De Hill

Argentina

Ranking: 8/10

Gorgeous and secluded beach. Stunning view and for free. It is a bit tricky to get there because it is a long ride on a gravel road but absolutely worth it!!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Sander and Eliza Hembrarskamp

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Half hour gravel drive with awesome views over the coast. Tiny little campsite that allowed about 5 campervans but definitely one of our favourites. Very clean vault toilet and clearly signposted DOC. Water from the stream under the bridge. Friendly Fantails and DOC people.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Phillip

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

DOC camp with toilets (bush), lovely spot, beach nearby - recommend.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Luca Maria Willensrock

Germany

Ranking: 4/10

The road to the campsite is long and not a 'real' road. The toilet is VERY dirty.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Gordon Thomas

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice place at the beach - disgusting toilets.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Jessica Wagner

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very quiet and nice place at the beach.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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arnaud paquet

Belgium

Ranking: 5/10

Bad gravel road, which may be dangerous if it's raining cause it turns to mud, and that for 25km. Moreover, sceneries were not those expected, so quite a loss of time (for me).
About the camping itself, it's quite small, with long grass, basic toilets and heaps of sandflies. Not the one I would recommend.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Andrew Potratz

United States

Ranking: 5/10

Tried staying here on 23 October. Lovely spot, very secluded. The drive in isn't as bad as we thought it would be, either. Certain times of the year, I'm sure this would be one of the best freedom camping spots on the South Island, but unfortunately, after nightfall, we were attacked by heaps of mosquitoes. I opened our van door for just a brief moment and about 100 of the pests slipped in. We ended up driving back to Blenheim around midnight, as the bugs made Robin Hood Bay absolutely unbearable. Worse than any experiences we've had with sandflies, even.

Other than the bugs, it is absolutely incredible and gorgeous and well maintained.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Emma K

Spain

Ranking: 8/10

Nice little site with a stinky toilet.
The views on the drive there are stunning.
Loop track is right there for you to enjoy and the sound of the waves will take you to sleep.

The mosquitos and sandflies ate me. But other than that I can really recommend it!

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Jonas Herrmann

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Clean facilities, very beautiful, you can get a lot of seafood out of the sea.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Fabian

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Is located far from the main roads, but definitely worth a visit.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Valentina Fuchs

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome! Free campground with toilet, lovely beach and river.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Lea Bulle

France

Ranking: 8/10

Good spot and campsite, but we did not see dolphins.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Sebastian

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

I met friendly local people who were camping as well. They showed me great things from the sea.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Pei

China

Ranking: 7/10

Small compact camping sites, you could pitch a tent here, the drive view of this route is awesome to me, not very good when raining.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in May 2013

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Patrick Stoeit

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Nice little campsite with one toilet. No water but a river to wash dishes and take cooking water. Free camping/no costs.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Florian

France

Ranking: 8/10

Small but free.
Near a rocky beautiful beach where you can watch dolphins if you're lucky.
Leave you dishes unattented and the weka will do you dishes for you ;)
Steep 6km gravel road to get there.
Don't arrive too late.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Loesje

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

Free and excellent!
Just put yourself a little away from the dusty gravel road and everything will be perfect :).
Heard you might see some dolphins here too, unfortunatly not when I was there.
That whole road (Port Underwood road from Blenheim to Picton) is magic! One of my favorite roads in NZ! Beautiful bay after bay and then camping here for free, what do you want more in life?
Make sure to have a stop at the bays nearby too.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2013

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auré bis

France

Ranking: 7/10

First doc campsite experience in south island.
1hr drive from picton (gravel) but what a surprise!
A small and lovely bay with rocky beach.
No walks around but ok to spend a couple of nights.
Toilets and a small stream (go under the bridge) to pick up fresh water.
Mussels and Paua (125mm min!) at low tide ;)

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Lucie

France

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome and free!! In the middle of nowhere. Nice landscape and alone during the winter!

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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gareth williams

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

lovely campsite on the edge of a bay. the beach is stoney but walkable. the site has a toilet only so you need to be self sufficient. lovely views though

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Laura Smith

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Nice campsite in front of the beach, for free.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Ilse & Thys

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

DOC campground for free - nice place, free, off the beaten track.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Sarah Smith

Ranking: 7/10

Lovely spot shame about power lines and smell of toilet. Good surf and nice night staff.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009