Aussie Bay Campsite

Aussie Bay Campsite

Queen Charlotte Sound



39 Rankers Reviews

21 Face-to-Face

253 Basic Camping

41 Picton / Marlborough Sounds



Aussie Bay Camping Ground


Easily accessible along Queen Charlotte Drive, the Aussie Bay Camping Ground offers a quieter option with less facilities compared with nearby Momorangi Bay camping ground.


Feature Value Info


South IslandMarlboroughPicton / Marlborough Sounds


  • Basic Camping





  • Unpowered Campsite

    Number of tent sites - 6.

    Adult $8/day
    Child $4/day


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Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful but small campsite. Steep entry/exit, but we managed in a 6-berth motorhome. Long-drop toilet. Lovely walks all around. DOC campsite.

Reviewed 4 months ago and experienced in June 2019

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Ranking: 9/10

Hey Campers, if your seeing this message you are headed to Aussie Bay. If you happen to come across two pairs of hiking Boots there. Please get in touch. My number is 0225431941. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Andy Bond

Ranking: 7/10

Used this site 2 years ago.
We were surprised how quiet the place was and managed to get a nice pitch looking out into the bay.
Great to launch sea kayaks and paddle up the Sound.
Chemical toilet was being emptied as we arrived. Not tried it as we are fully self contained overall site seemed clean.
$8 per person per night meant we had to talk to other campers to get change.
There is a path joining this to the next bay so easy walking.
Pleasant site at 7pm just hope there is not an influx of vehicles from the late night Picton ferry.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Grizzly Girl

Ranking: 5/10

Drove by this place thinking I might stay overnight on the way to the ferry. I say drove by because I had barely pulled in before I was confronted by a few campervans hogging the minimal space with their full lounging setups and a few others that looked like they had been there ages. The whole site had trash about it and was very rundown. I imagine other human evidence would be present as well looking at the single long drop. Definitely would pass on this DOC campsite and am skeptical it will remain an available overnight site as it stands now.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Rachel Mudge

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely spot. Minimal tent spots but fine if your here early enough. The only down side was the tourists who thought it was okay to sit on the beach just below our tent talking and laughing until 1 o'clock in the morning.
TOURISTS... I love sharing our beautiful country but please respect that families use these camp sites as well. Keeping the noise down after dark is polite in these shared spaces!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Oceane Imber

Ranking: 6/10

Cute little spot to spend the night, the bathroom were a little smelly. Be aware to come early as this campground is really tiny and fills up super quickly! The campground was really packed when we were there, we had barely enough space to get out of our car but for one night it was alright!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Tom Meulders

Ranking: 6/10

Decent place to stay for a night. Beautiful view and luckily we found a nice tent spot which are rare here. Place was pretty crowded and toilet was just horrible. Weird because all the free campsites we have been to had more hygiene.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Lukas and Katka

Ranking: 8/10

Roosters and other animals were there but it was OK! Nice little campground next to sea, water taps,$8 pp. Please, don't empty your portable toilet into WC, please do it at many dump stations around. WC was getting terribly smelly after somebody did it! Before this act the toilet was incredibly clean and not smelly. Good job DOC. Please respect the sign.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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