Cowshed Bay Campsite

Cowshed Bay Campsite

Pelorus Sound


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Vander Plancke Julien


Ranking: 10/10

What a place to stop close to the Sound. The road to drive there is hard but ok. The camping ground is divided in two on each part of the road. Facilities are very clean.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Rebecca Lindsey

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Our first experience at a DOC campground did not disappoint. This campsite was a fun place to stop over after taking the ferry in to Picton that morning.
There are two halves to the campsite, one right on the water and one up across the road. We scored a spot right next to the water, which was also convenient to the sink and bathrooms. The site seems well-maintained and has an easy vibe. The location is quite pretty, but watch out for the wekas! They are very present and will happily steal anything you leave out for them. They also have no problem climbing up into your vehicle if you leave it open, so beware. Sand flies were a pain here as well. With friendly campers as neighbors, we had a very nice stay here and enjoyed the varied bird life and their songs.
We paid $13 per person to stay here. Also, word to the wise: the roads getting here are true NZ - verrrrry windy with lots of blind turns! So drive safely!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Maura O'Connell

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful location, cold showers, excellent facilities - clean flush toilets, kitchen area, sinks and benches. Sheltered too.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Sue Harrington

Ranking: 8/10

We stayed here two nights in August while we walked some of the Queen Charlotte Track. It's a beautiful little site, very peaceful and right on the water's edge, with extra space the other side of the road when it's busy. The water needs treating before you can drink it. The toilets are modern and clean. There is a path from the back of the site up to the Queen Charlotte Track, which is about half a km. You can buy passes at the Portage Hotel...5 minutes from the site.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Mathieu Brunel


Ranking: 8/10

It was clean! A good view of the sea.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Wolfgang Rank

Ranking: 10/10

We found lovely hosts at the Sounds paradise. Staying at the waterfront at this nice place was so enjoyable. Everything new and absolutely clean. The entrance to Queen Charlotte Track is very close by.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Ranking: 7/10

We decided to spend the whole day here, but if you do not join Queen Charlotte, there is not much else to do. Winds were strong, tides significant and the gravel beach not exactly attractive for swimming. Next time we would probably spare the drive.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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thibaut vernelle


Ranking: 9/10

Very good facilities, location also really nice.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Sanne Sprogoe Borgaa


Ranking: 10/10

A really nice and beautiful DOC campsite with a beautiful view and a cold shower. Maybe solar energy would be great to supply hot water. However toilets were really great - modern.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Kristine and William


Ranking: 6/10

Quite small and crowded, however we found a nice spot all the way up the top.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Stein and Elisabeth


Ranking: 7/10

Crowded but nice.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Lauret Stulemeyer


Ranking: 8/10

Good toilet facility. Nice birds on campground, nice views of the bay, paid $12.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Adrian Weidell


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful place at a bay, silence, good falls, no showers.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in May 2012

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Ranking: 8/10

Good basic facilities. Lovely quiet bay to ourselves, close to Portage shop if needed.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Caroline's avatar



Ranking: 9/10

Lovely small and quiet campground.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Kiefer Osterrieder


Ranking: 10/10

Campsites like a botanic garden. Cosy living room.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Antoine Del


Ranking: 7/10

Free camping. Drive is a bit long to this place, but the place is so beautiful.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Carolyn Clark

United Kingdom

Ranking: 2/10

Very beautiful setting. Unfortunately experience was spoiled by camp wardens! Was approached by female warden to ask us to pay her directly (i.e. not using envelope) and both evenings they had loud drinking aprties at camp entracne between 4:30 and 7:30pm spoiled peaceful atmosphere. Also had a cat who wandered camp.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Bob and Carol Duncan

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

DOC - Windy road steep Queen Charlotte Sounds/pelorus Sound.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Susan Fielder

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Worth the drive and what a drive it was. Breathtaking. Site good but only one of two spots on the Sound.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

The lower sites (lefthand when coming from Picton) have views & direct access to lovely bay of Portage. Very friendly host, "Ross".

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in April 2009