Elaine Bay Campsite

Elaine Bay Campsite

Tennyson Inlet



22 Rankers Reviews

7 Face-to-Face

84 Basic Camping

5 Outer Marlborough Sounds




The Elaine Bay Camping Ground is right on the waterfront at Elaine Bay Recreation Reserve. A great place for fishing from the wharf and watersports. No fires permitted at any time.


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South IslandMarlboroughOuter Marlborough Sounds


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Stefan Hohmann

Ranking: 9/10

A really lovely place surrounded by nature. Only a few places on flat lawn, water and a long drop toilet available, also few tables. But no shops or anything else. Ideal for hiking, swimming and kayaking.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Very lovely, peaceful place where you can see stingrays.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Rachael Dyson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Elaine Bay was out favourite place to stay on our trip. What an amazing view and a good place to explore the Marlborough Sounds from. Basic toilets however they are kept clean. No drinking water so needs to be boiled. The drive there is pretty difficult in a camper van and is a good hour and a bit off the state highway however couldn't have been more worth it!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Matt MacD

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome spot and if you're after a unique view look up Explore Pelorus sea kayak tours. We did a two day trip and rented kayak/camping gear ect. Was incredibly reasonable price wise and Neil who runs the operation is a real nice guy and gave us loads of tips and info regarding the French Pass area. Sorted us a hot shower, coffee and somewhere to leave our van whilst we were away. Can not recommend enough. One of the best experiences we had on our trip :)

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Tracy Frauzel

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Stunning bay. For a good wake up, swim off the pies. Decent facilities. Bit crowded so arrive early in summer.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Joanne Butfield

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Nearly didn't review this place as I wanna keep,it all to myself! Amazing winding road but worth it. Watching stingray from the jetty, great walks close by. Simple doc site but what more could you need. Will defo return.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Pamela Hoffman

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome location. The drive is a very windy drive out to here but well worth it. And it provides a great place to stay over on the way to French Pass which is a very spectacular drive. The camp has a short pier where we could see fish, sting rays, and jelly fish. We were here in April and had just two other campers by us. The long drop was very clean and there are two nice hikes near by, one of which is actually a nice MTB ride to Deep cove.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Julia Mischner

Ranking: 10/10

Perfect spot to stay for one or two or even three nights. Could have spent hours just watching all the huge stingrays from the jetty. In the night you can see the amazing luminescent plankton when touching the water. Also the stars and Milky Way are worth to spend the night there! Recommended!! The street to Elaine Bay isn't that bad at all.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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