Aussie Bay Campsite

Aussie Bay Campsite

Queen Charlotte Sound

Reviews

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ScoutnIndi

Australia

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 3 months ago and experienced in June 2019

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Allen

Ranking: 9/10

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Reviewed 4 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 11 months 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 over 1 year 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 almost 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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deborah cooper

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful spot. It was our last night on the South Island. Ranger comes around at night and first thing in the morning. Normally $8 pp but ours was Free with DOCs pass. Drop toilets, otherwise I would give it a 10.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Aisling Burke

Ranking: 5/10

Not the best DOC campsite we've stayed in. Location was good because it was down by the water and 5 min drive from the start of the Queen Charlotte Track in Anakiwa. However However the access road is really steep and has severe judder bars. The sites to park your van (or camp) were quite muddy and there was only one long drop toilet for the whole site with no sink or hand sanitizer. Also quite a small campsite.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Hollie Procter

New Zealand

Ranking: 5/10

We arrived late afternoon and the place was full, there are only really a few spots ideal for pitching a tent but these were all full so we decided to find ourselves a place at the end of the carpark in the bush. It was right on the waterfront and easy enough to find when put into our GPS. It was a beautiful drive to the campsite. Nice, cheap stay.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Erin Stafferton

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

Difficult to access due to size (steep ramp to flat areas, no marked bays so people don't think before parking!) cheap and right on the edge of Queen Charlotte Sound.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Tanja Laube

Ranking: 9/10

Small and lovely, fair price. Right at the water.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Helena Bond

Ranking: 5/10

Stopped here to picnic but wasps drove us back inside the car once we brought the food out. Otherwise a beautiful little spot!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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bzh974

New Caledonia

Ranking: 6/10

Superbe vue. Arrivé tard donc pas de place. Nous sommes garés sur les hauteurs avec une splendide vue. Nous pensions que nous étion en free camp.
Avons été contrôlé le soir et après avoir expliqué, avons payé sans supplément.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Sona

Ranking: 9/10

Watch for the sting rays when swimming! Lovely little site in a relaxed bay.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Sidney Stokkers

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Small, but very nice spot! If you arrived in Picton and want to explore the Marlborough Sounds this would definitely be a good first stop. Do not expect too much of the toilet though...

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in November 2014

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Debora Grusler

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Small DOC campsite right next to a beautiful bay, toilets, nice place, $6 per person per night.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Manuela

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Beautiful but plenty of wasps everywhere, even in the toilet. Toilet smelt hard core like a urinal! Disco music the whole night!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Franz Birkefeld

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

It was alright for $6, but there are a lot of wasps and rocks around so that you cannot set up a tent site.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Matthew Trezise

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

Stunning location. Very busy so no privacy. Long drop was horrible.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Jessie Sabine

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Absolutely beautiful location but the long drop was absolutely disgusting. Not very private but would stay there again.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Ryan Lieston

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Had to pay, polluted shell fish, loads of families close by. Poor turning area. No drinking water but nice views.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Mahr Svenja

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful spot where we spent more time than just the night because we like it there so much!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Hirsch Svenja

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome! Such a nice place and just $6.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Laura Pleumeekers

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice view, quite busy though.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Ray Smith

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

What a fantastic site. Small so first in best dressed, but it's right on the waters edge and a nice spot to swim. Toilet and water available. $6.00 per adult and $3.00 per child (under 18).

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Lieven De Vlaminck

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent location, nice and cheap.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Tina

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

DOC campsite directly on the waterfront - great!!

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Tanja and Pascal

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

$6PP, very good price, toilets and a shower, hot water, nice views.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Sasha and Sandra Bonavia

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful place but the toilet was nearly full and stinky.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Ralf Glaser

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Simply beautiful, just $6nzd per person, no shower.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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sidcupjon

United Kingdom

Ranking: 5/10

Small campsite with basic DOC toilet, only 45 mins from the ferry terminal at Picton (looks closer but the roads are very windy)

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Ilse & Thys

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

A very nice spot, but nothing more than the free campsites.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Fred

England

Ranking: 8/10

Wonderful site right on the water. No services but that is okay with us depending on the location.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Sanne & Senne

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

Nice site by the water. Lots of mussels and fish to cook your own meal.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Bas van Schagen

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Simple but nice.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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JennekeK

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Little bit small, but great view. The toilets are dirty.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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MichaelS1

Isle of Man

Ranking: 5/10

Simple camping but breathtakingly beautiful. Needed water.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009