Kenepuru Head Campsite

Kenepuru Head Campsite

Kenepuru Sound


9 Rankers Reviews

3 Face-to-Face

9 Pelorus


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Kenepuru Head Camping Ground


At the head of Kenepuru Sound. A narrow winding road to get there but its worth it!

The Kenepuru Head Camping Ground is in an extremely picturesque setting and is an excellent base for a range of recreation activities such as boating, biking on the nearby Queen Charlotte Track or walking. Wicked for sea-kayaking.

A brand new toilet block with shower (cold) and cooking shelter make it an even better place to stay!


  • Kenepuru campsites road access restrictions

    There are restrictions on Kenepuru Road, which provides access to Cowshed Bay, Keneperu Head, Nikau Cove and Picnic Bay campsites. 

    Visitors will need to check open hours and other restrictions on the Marlborough District Council information map before accessing the campsites. 

    First published on 21 July 2021. Last reviewed on 21 April 2022.


Feature Value Info


DOC Marlborough

Central government organisation


South IslandMarlboroughPelorus


  • Basic Camping


Joe's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

This is a nice, fairly flat camp with lots of room. Cold running water. Camp hosts were great.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Sabine's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

The place ic cute by hightide. The could, very cold showers are extreme dirty. Sorry to expensive for that, i've seen cheaper better campsites.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Joanna du Toit

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Best free campsite! Clean and quiet. Great drive and scenery.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in April 2016

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Dieter Schmees


Ranking: 8/10

Nice campground, new facilities (cold shower, toilet, room for dishwashing) but no electric lights or power.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Vanessa Leverrier


Ranking: 10/10

Nice campground, toilets and shower were very clean.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Dieter & Lydia Schmees


Ranking: 9/10

Lovely campground with lots of space in a scenic area. Very clean with new flushing toilets and cold showers.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Michael Hessenbruch

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely setting directly on the water with splendid view on the sunset over the sounds. Lots of space even in peak season. Very clean, new toilet/cold shower block. Beautiful drive to get there, free bird concert in the morning...

Reviewed over 7 years ago

FlyingKiwiGirl's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent DOC campground, large and well maintained. New flushing toilets, cold shower & good kitchen shelter. Some sites partitioned by bush plantings, Telecom(Spark)reception available by lone tree overhanging the estuary. Dawn chorus amazing, watch for the red deer on the mudflats. A long winding road to the site, not worth it just for a night but if staying for a few days well worth it- NB don't drive Kenepuru Road if you are expecting to see Queen Charlotte Sound from this side.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Laurent Pouvreau


Ranking: 10/10

Very well maintained, loads of space and a great view.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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