Pelorus Bridge Campground

Pelorus Bridge Campground

Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve

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97 Rankers Reviews

49 Face-to-Face

4 Havelock

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    Pelorus Bridge Campground

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    Two camping areas surrounded by forest with towering beech, kahikatea and rimu trees bordering the beautiful Pelorus River. A popular swimming, kayaking, canoeing, picnicking and fishing spot with a series of short walks to explore.

    Adult

    $20/day

    Child

    $10/day

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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

Information

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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South IslandMarlboroughHavelock

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Reviews

Showing 8 reviews of 96.

Dan's avatar

Dan

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 2 months 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 11 months ago

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Becca

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 over 1 year ago

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Pedro

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 almost 2 years ago

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Clara

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 almost 2 years ago

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Jeremy

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 about 2 years ago

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Juliane

Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Erin Ueffing

Canada

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, teararoa.co.nz, offers downloadable maps and Trail guides, well worth the download)

Reviewed almost 3 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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Nick Morrison

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