Blumine Island/Oruawairua Campsite...

Blumine Island/Oruawairua Campsite

Queen Charlotte Sound



2 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

53 Basic Camping

6 Picton / Marlborough Sounds



Blumine Island Camping Ground


Boat / Sea kayak access only

Boat or kayak to this stunning predator free island that also houses historic World War 2 gun emplacements. You'll be amazed by the birdsong. Take a walk along to the historic gun emplacements for a slice of history and more stunning views.

Please thoroughly check your boat or kayak for stowaway predators before you depart. Check the DOC website for information about camping on pest-free islands.


Feature Value Info


South IslandMarlboroughPicton / Marlborough Sounds


  • Basic Camping




Rob & Colleen Elwood's avatar

Rob & Colleen Elwood

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We thoroughly recommend the walk from the camping area to the gun emplacements. These were built at the start of WWII to prevent enemy navies using the outer Sounds as a base for attacks on Wellington and the size of the fortifications and their remote location (in 1939) make their construction amazing. The track has a short steep-ish section at both ends but most of it is level with great views up and down Queen Charlotte Sound. From the camping area to the first gun emplacement is about 40 minutes easy walking.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Galen Licht

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Beware the wekas! Amazing bird life. Isolated.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

DOC Managed

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Nick Morrison

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