Harvey Bay Campsite

Harvey Bay Campsite

Tennyson Inlet


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2 Pelorus


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Harvey Bay Camping Ground


A large, flat, sheltered camping area which makes a great base for exploring the Tennyson Inlet and the nearby area by boat, foot or by mountain bike. The start of the Nydia Track is only 3 km away in Duncan Bay. There are boat launching ramps and picnic areas in Duncan and Penzance Bays.


  • Predator control for Tennyson Inlet area, Marlborough Sounds

    An aerial predator control operation using bait containing 1080 was completed on 8 November 2021. The Tennyson Inlet Area is now open – warning signs are in place.

    There may be carcasses and leftover toxic bait in the area – green coloured pellets.

    How to keep dogs, other pets and livestock safe around 1080.

    This operation is part of Tiakina Ngā Manu, DOC's successful predator control programme that protects vulnerable wildlife.

    This alert will be reviewed late April 2022.

    First published on 10 January 2022. Last reviewed on 10 January 2022.


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DOC Marlborough

Central government organisation


South IslandMarlboroughPelorus


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Don Strachan 's avatar

Don Strachan

Ranking: 10/10

Brilliant spot if you want quiet & simple. Many good spots to tuck into or hide away. Pleasant little stream running by too. DOC ranger is onto it so make sure you've paid! Only downside is the beast of a drive into the inlet and back out.Big bus or big campers might think twice - very steep & windy road although it is sealed.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Michael Miles's avatar

Michael Miles

Ranking: 9/10

A very pleasant camp surrounded by native bush and heaps of bird life. We stayed here 2 days entertained by wood pigeons and weka. Super quiet apart from the owls (moreporks) calling at night. It's right off the beaten track and you need to be totally self-sufficient if you come here. The nearest shops, fuel, etc., are right back at the Rai Valley village. A major plus is a sealed road all the way from the state highway.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Richard Broughton

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Quiet, good fishing close by (Pipi Beach).

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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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Cymen Crick

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