Picnic Bay Campsite

Picnic Bay Campsite

Kenepuru Sound


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Picnic Bay Camping Ground


This is a scenic area with walking, sea kayaking, motor boating, kayaking, fishing and bird watching opportunities.

The Picnic Bay Camping Ground is right on the foreshore!! Turn off Queen Charlotte Drive into Kenepuru Rd past Portage to Picnic Bay, Kenepuru Sound. The road is narrow and winding. A wicked area for all water activities.


  • 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 IslandMarlboroughPicton / Marlborough Sounds


  • Basic Camping


Gina Schopfer 's avatar

Gina Schopfer

Ranking: 2/10

The site is currently closed because the road suffered a slip.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Valg's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Not sure if Cowshed bay and Picnic bay are one? But it is a great spot in a lovely bay, camping on both sides of the road bush or beach. This is the first place we found to camp up the Kenepuru Sound .Other areas are closed now.Toilets clean , water and basic sink for dishes. Very quiet and beautiful views.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Will Fishburn

Ranking: 8/10

Nice LITTLE spot. Only enough room for about 4 vans and we were right on top of each other. Close to the water and a small rocky beach.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Jurgen Moors

Ranking: 10/10

Small, but absolutely beautiful, has everything you need, water, toilet, direct beach access, great swimming.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Alan Findlay

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great location on beach, fished (and caught!!) snapper.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in February 2012

Curry's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful little DOC site near the cowshed DOC site. Only room for 2/3 spots but amazing little isolated bay.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Marlies Brand


Ranking: 9/10

Next to Queen Charlotte Track. Beautiful drive and great for a swim also cheep!! $6!! Has a toilet and water.

Reviewed about 11 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