Whites Bay Campsite

Whites Bay Campsite - Blenheim area

Whites Bay Campsite

Blenheim area


60 Rankers Reviews

31 Face-to-Face

16 Blenheim

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This camp has lovely scenery and is close to a surf beach at Pukatea/Whites Bay. Go walking, fishing, swimming or kayaking from here.

Pay cash on arrival at the self-registration stand at the campsite. There is a maximum of seven days per stay for this site.

From Labour Weekend to Easter the gate is closed from 9 pm to 7 am daily. Closing the gate is for campers safety.


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South IslandMarlboroughBlenheim


  • Basic Camping

Operating Season And Hours

All year


Showing 13 reviews of 58.

Miriam's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Totally gorgeous, heaps of space, clean toilets.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Michaela's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Awesome camping ground, very close to the beach. We arrived really late and managed to talk DOC into opening the gate. Lots to do swimming , cliffs , walks and glow worms. Was a little bit windy but very shelteredand hard rocky ground on the hills to put pegs into so take a hammer!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Andrius's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

The camp is great but the price per night is 13NZD per person now.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Clare & Gerry

Ranking: 8/10

Beautifull but $13 each. Self registration. No bins, cold showers, good toilets, no fires.
Pretty gul when we arrived on a Sat afternoon at 4pm. Pretty drive up and down and round windy road.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Kim's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

We were the only campers here on this Winter’s evening. Fell asleep with the sound of the ocean almost beside our camper door. Strolled up the hill for a look at the glow worms! Gorgeous! Toilet facilities were modern and relatively clean.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Rachel Mudge

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely place. Particularly nice to experience with children as there are plenty of places to explore.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Bec's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Excellent camping spot - quite sheltered from the passing cyclone. Hot showers too! Pleasant camping in the bush with minimal sandflies and a few cheeky Weka. Check out the glow worms!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Rob & Colleen Elwood

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

White's bay camping is very quiet in the off-season. There are two official camping areas that were closed off in winter but there is adequate space for camping in the loop around the historic telegraph cottage close to the beach. Apart from a couple of firm gravel patches next to the toilet block the available grassy spaces are very soft and muddy. The toilet facilities are excellent and very well maintained. Apart from the attractions of a beach and a short bush walk to the gloworms there is not a lot to do at White's Bay.
The road from Rarangi is very steep and narrow in places. Caravans and larger motorhomes could find it a challenging drive in strong winds from the south.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Thue Thomasen


Ranking: 10/10

We did many of the walks that start here. What a great way to kick off your day!!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Linda Livett


Ranking: 9/10

We had a lot of wet weather when we were here which didn't allow us to enjoy this campsite fully. But it has a great beach! The camping area was nicely maintained and there were some places to get out of the wind. There is a permanent camp host who can also give information about the walks and area.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Greg Thompson

Ranking: 9/10

This DoC campsite beside beautiful Whites Bay is in a stunning location. The facilities are simple (new flush toilets and cold showers) but is well maintained and worth the $8/head camping fee. The beach is just beautiful and looks very safe for swimming and there is a range of walks to satisfy all. Don't miss the glow work grotto. Friendly Camp Hosts ensure that everyone pays up and keep the place clean and tidy.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Very good.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Kate Thornber

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic site. Stumbled across it on the way to another site and decided to stay. Facilities were so clean and better than some campsite that we paid $40 for. Lovely private beach. Great value for money, only costing $6pp.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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