Whites Bay Campsite

Whites Bay Campsite

Blenheim area



59 Rankers Reviews

31 Face-to-Face

153 Basic Camping

21 Blenheim



Whites Bay
Sheltered campsites
Picnics and swimming
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This camp has lovely scenery and is close to a surf beach. Go walking, fishing, swimming or boating from here.

A sheltered camping area with various private sites within regenerating native bush. Unless you visit over the peak Christmas period this camping site is often very quiet and the nearby coastline makes for some interesting exploration. This site has a total fire ban in place.

The day area is popular as it has great safe swimming and picnic tables.

The gates may be locked between 9pm and 7am.


Feature Value Info


South IslandMarlboroughBlenheim


  • Basic Camping

Operating Season And Hours

All year




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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 11 months 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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