Whites Bay Campsite

Whites Bay Campsite - Blenheim area

Whites Bay Campsite

Blenheim area


64 Rankers Reviews

31 Face-to-Face

15 Basic Camping

1 Blenheim


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Whites Bay


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.


  • Bridge damaged on Black Jack Track (Whites Bay)

    The bridge at the start of the Black Jack Track (Whites Bay) has been badly damaged by flooding and is closed until further notice.

    An alternative access for the Black Jack Track is available via the Pukatea Walk, which starts from the top campsite, aproximately 400 m upstream.

    First published on 14 July 2022.


Feature Value Info


DOC Marlborough

Central government organisation


South IslandMarlboroughBlenheim


  • Basic Camping

Operating Season And Hours

All year


  • 64 Rankers Reviews

    Quick Quotes

    • We did many of the walks that start here.
    • Very good.
    • Clean facilities, beautiful surrounds & beach.
    • Lovely site, cheap rates ($6.10 per night).
    • Lovely beach $6.

    Rating Distribution

    Rating Count Percentage
    10/10 27
    9/10 17
    8/10 13
    7/10 5
    6/10 2
    5/10 0
    4/10 0
    3/10 0
    2/10 0
    1/10 0
  • Reviewed 6 months ago


    Great location, fun drive in, outstanding facilities

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  • Reviewed 7 months ago


    Beautiful spot, reminded me of home (Gisborne) Friendly camp hosts, nice toilets.

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  • Reviewed 7 months ago


    One of the best doc sites we've been to in NZ.

    Right next to the beach and great amenities. Very friendly warden as well.

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    Roland Oldengarm

  • Reviewed 8 months ago


    Fantastic beach and beautiful capsite with lots of different options for camping and shelter.

    Very clean toilets. Brilliant walking tracks and lots of options from short walks to all day ones. Cant reccomend highly enough

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  • Reviewed over 1 year ago


    Totally gorgeous, heaps of space, clean toilets.

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  • Reviewed over 2 years ago


    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!

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  • Reviewed over 3 years ago


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

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  • Reviewed over 3 years ago


    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.

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    Clare & Gerry

  • Reviewed almost 4 years ago


    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.

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  • Reviewed over 4 years ago


    Lovely place.

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

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    Rachel Mudge

  • Reviewed over 4 years ago


    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!

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  • Reviewed almost 5 years ago


    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.

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    Rob & Colleen Elwood

    New Zealand

  • Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017


    We did many of the walks that start here.

    What a great way to kick off your day!!

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    Thue Thomasen


  • Reviewed over 5 years ago


    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.

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    Linda Livett


  • Reviewed over 5 years ago


    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.

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    Greg Thompson

  • Reviewed almost 6 years ago


    Very good.

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  • Reviewed almost 6 years ago


    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.

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    Kate Thornber

  • Reviewed almost 6 years ago


    Nice area, although very windy road from the town and very busy during the day.

    Was very pleasant view with nice beach. Just be careful of the grass; most of the site is grassy and quite boggy, so it seemed, we got stuck on a flat normal looking grassy site and needed fellow campers to help push us out.

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  • Reviewed about 6 years ago


    Great DOC site.

    Quiet over public holiday weekend in winter. Loses the evening sun but great beach.

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    Joanne Butfield

    New Zealand

  • Reviewed over 6 years ago


    A great little camp right at the beach.

    Good facilities (cold showers though) and room to spread out. Might get crowded in mid summer as there is a surf club on site. Great views over the Marlborough vineyards on the way in and out.

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Cymen Crick

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