Nikau Cove Campsite

Nikau Cove Campsite

Kenepuru Sound


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Nikau Cove Camping Ground


Turn off Queen Charlotte Drive, follow Kenepuru Rd. 3 km past Portage. Road is narrow and winding.

The Nikau Cove Camping Ground is a sheltered camping site which according to customer feedback has fantastic views overlooking the ocean. Narrow windy road, take care.


  • 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.


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DOC Marlborough

Central government organisation


South IslandMarlboroughPicton / Marlborough Sounds


  • Basic Camping


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Gina Schopfer

Ranking: 2/10

The site is currently closed because the road suffered a slip

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Mike R

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Nice clean basic DOC camp secluded away from road 200m with 3 sites at waters edge and three in wooded area. Wonderful view and we clammed at low tide. Pit toilet.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Ranking: 5/10

Such a nice spot, and could have been perfect.
But unfortunately a bunch of people pitched a whole village here, with an annoying amount of alcohol and noise, so didn't sleep untill 3am. Looks like they were staying here for weeks, and possibly they come here every year. So watch it. No fun at all :) (for us at least)
1 minute down the road is another campsite (Picnic Bay), we picked the wrong one ;).
Only negative camping-experience in NZ, and it wasn't for the campsite.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in January 2013

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Ton Franke


Ranking: 6/10

Very basic, cheap, nice views of the Sounds.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Adventure at its best. Located in the middle of nowhere, but definitely worth the travel.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Richard Broughton

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Small, great location, close to Portage Hotel.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Kasia Robshaw

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Fab location on the shores of the Sound. Great views, toilets clean and well maintained.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Bert Wierzy


Ranking: 7/10

A beautiful view of the nature at the end of the queen charlotte track

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Dermot Bryne


Ranking: 8/10

Fantastic location, great view, great price.

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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rowan bryant

South Africa

Ranking: 10/10

Great spot with fresh water, compost toilet and spectacular views!

Reviewed over 12 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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