Moetapu Bay Campsite

Moetapu Bay Campsite

Mahau Sound


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1 Pelorus


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Moetapu Bay Camping Ground


Camping only - Not suitable for Motorhomes or Caravans

The Moetapu Bay Camping Ground is an awesome spot for boating, fishing, swimming and walking. Parking here is very limited and you have to walk 200m to the campsite from the road-end. No fires permitted at anytime.


  • Road access to Moetapu Bay closed

    Access to Moetapu Bay campsite is closed due to ongoing road repairs. Check the Marlborough District Council information map for any updates.

    First published on 22 March 2022. Last reviewed on 22 June 2022.


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DOC Marlborough

Central government organisation


South IslandMarlboroughPelorus


  • Basic Camping


Ulysse's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

A wonderful spot with a stunning view on the queen Charlotte sounds and a little quiet bay to swim (water was warm for NZ). There are toilets and a water source, which did not seem drinkable (yellowish)... I'd advise to get water before arrival. You have to walk a steep track in the forest to access it so you definitely can't go there with a campervan.
There were 2 other tents, we were there end of Feb.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Sascha's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Really cool spots for tents, with good view. You have to walk 100m but totally worth it. Great change to be there alone.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Juraj's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

The beach is great and really beautiful, with lots of birds singing all the time. We stayed for two nights, we were the only ones camping there and it was great. The second two other couples joined, one of them a bit noisy, but it was really wonderful experience anyway. There's a water source, which should be drinkable (at least we were told so by the friendly neighbour and we drank from it without boiling) and honesty box for money.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Kathrin Redl


Ranking: 8/10

Nice and lovely spot on the coast, good sleep.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Stephanie Belanger


Ranking: 10/10

Very beautiful small beach. Toilets and water, 2 places for parking on the road.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Cymen Crick

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