Pelorus Bridge Campground

Pelorus Bridge Campground - Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve

Pelorus Bridge Campground

Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve


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The drive into the campsite
Loads of walks
A dip in the freezing Pelorus River - awesome!
Pelorus Bridge Camping Ground
Grab an ice cream


Pelorus Bridge is on SH 6 between Blenheim and Nelson, near Rai Valley and was one of the filming locations for The Hobbit.

A serviced camping ground with hot showers, kitchen with stunning deck and views over the river. Powered sites available. Old kahikatea trees tower over the grassed camping area and the beautiful Pelorus River flows alongside. It makes for a refreshing swim at any time of the day. Lots of walk options. Enjoy a drink and something to eat from the cafe which is open year round.


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DOC Marlborough

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South IslandMarlboroughHavelock


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Emer's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Well organized campsite beside the river. Decent hot showers and kitchen area with gas cookers (no pots/utensils etc so BYO). Washer and dryer $4. There is a cafe onsite too if you didn't want to make food (we didn't try it out though). Can drink the water at the campsite. The water from the kitchen tasted good but the water from the outside taps tasted quite weird so drink from the inside taps. Scenic spots by the river, would come again. Would also recommend the nearby Emerald pools walk.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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M&G Papamoa

Ranking: 10/10

We absolutely loved our stay at Pelorus Bridge, we wish we could have stayed longer.
Beautiful scenery, fabulous walks, awesome swimming holes and clean showers/toilets, and extra bonus there's a delightful cafe at the entrance to the park. The pies and slices are just delicious. We will be back for sure.

Reviewed 5 months ago

Nicole's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

We stayed here last night and the spot was amazing. Great clean facilities. Showers were on timers so had to keep pushing the button for more water. But beautiful quiet spot.

Reviewed 9 months ago

Dan's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

One of the nicest campgrounds I've ever stayed in. Stayed last year in April and it was super busy. This time I had the whole. Park to myself. Crazy. Awesome facilities. Nice hikes close by. Really amazing spot

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Ian & Wendy

Ranking: 10/10

Second time we have stayed there, it’s lovely, we parked right next to the river on a non powered site for two nights, the kitchens, toilets & showers spotless, even a washing machine and dryer. Quite a few sand flies though.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Becca's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

We stayed on a powered site with our campervan, but this was in a separate area to the main campsite and had no facilities other than a toilet and shower which were quite open so were absolutely freezing. Didn't feel like a paid-for campsite apart from having power, we stayed in better areas when freedom camping. Quite disappointed overall. But close to nice walks and impressive scenery

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Pedro's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Best campersite ever. The best we were in our 14 days in Campervan. Incredible beautiful and very nice people. At night you can visit a glew world waterfall, and experience that is really unique! I fall in love with this place.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Clara's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

It was a total ripoff. We arrive in the afternoon and the owner told us he only had a powered campsite. With our little trailer we can’t use power but as we were traveling with a baby we didn’t wanna drive on. But then we saw the campsite. I is just a parking lot with gravel in the bush next to the road. No where to sit or crawl around for the baby. The powers campsite have nothing to do with the actual campground. It’s a 15minute walk there. You didn’t have access to any of the facilities. As we complained the owner didn’t seem very interested. We went to the campground and saw a lot of space and more and more people coming. The owner only wanted to make the most money to squeeze es many tents as possible on the small lawn area. Please don’t go there. It’s all about making money out of this beautiful place. It’s such a pity.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Jeremy's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice site right by the river where you can swim in a calm spot, or drift out into the mild current. Sites are assigned by the DoC manager at the café, so maybe have a look round so you can tell them which sites you want.
Hot showers are free, kitchen and toilets very clean, nice decked area with tables inside and outside.
Couple of tracks around, did the waterfalls one; waterfall 1 bit dull but waterfall 2 is ok and if you are extra keen you can take a little dip/cold shower.
Seemed a bit expensive at $18pp but maybe that's the going rate up these ways.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Juliane's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Quite expensive in my opinion. But we had a very idyllic site down by the river.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Erin Ueffing


Ranking: 10/10

One of the great experiences in non powered campervan sites. We stayed on a grassy terrace right beside the river, site well maintained and groomed. River noise overnight was terrific - it rained heavily during the night, and the river doubled in volume! The walks are wonderful, part of the circle track is a part of Te Araroa, the walking trail that goes the length of the country (their website,, offers downloadable maps and Trail guides, well worth the download)

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely lovely campsite. Beautiful surroundings and plenty of space.

The (unpowered) campervan spots are in pairs divided by big trees and hedges so you only have one neighbour (we had none at all). Great for a feeling of privacy. There is loads of space all around the site so even if it was full I’m pretty sure you’d have all the space you could need.

There are also spots right by the river - these seemed to be the most popular and were full by the time we arrived at around 6. They are a bit smaller but have a lovely view.

The facilities are good too - good size kitchen with space to eat inside and outside, sinks for laundry plus a washing machine/dryer, nice warm showers with unlimited hot water and plenty of space.

There is a DOC cafe at the entrance (5 minutes walk from the camping section) which had nice food for lunch and good coffee.

Note: other reviews mention that the powered sites are in a less nice location with worse facilities so we didn’t try them - we didn’t see them at all so I can’t comment.

Overall, this is the sort of campsite it is worth going out of your way to stay at. I really have nothing bad to say about it at all.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Simon Springett

Ranking: 9/10

Good site and great for swimming. Kitchen functional and clean - showers hot and powerful.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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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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