Whatamango Bay Campsite

Whatamango Bay Campsite



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Port Underwood Rd, Queen Charlotte Sound.

Windy roads lead to Whatamango Bay, a massive grassy camping area right on the water's edge. You can find a few more private spots in amongst the flax bushes, otherwise it's all pretty open. There is a little creek running through the site, please note there is a total fire ban at this site and no rubbish bins so carry everything out with you.

The judder bars leading in are easily missed, you have been warned!


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South IslandMarlboroughPicton / Marlborough Sounds


  • Basic Camping


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Clive's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful scenic spot, bay dries to mud at low tides, toilets are good, a wide variety of sites to either nestle into or pitch up at with trees and shrubbery. Probably suffers from being close to Picton, so can get abused, had 6 x of the rooftop-tent-4wd-crew arrive at 1am and wake up the whole site. Scenic spot in the sounds.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Teesh K

Ranking: 8/10

Great spot near Picton. Arrived late after the evening ferry. Woke up to rain but very impressed with the spot. Lots of shelter with trees. The toilets were clean. Recommend the 20min drive, it's worth it!

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Paul's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

Beautiful spot however I had a similar experience to another reviewer...the DOC lady woke me up at 7am by aggressively slaming her hand on all four windows of my van then started shaking it...for 5 minutes. Never once said anything to identify herself or what she was after. Just slaming violently. Was scared to go outside. Totally unnecessary considering considering I didnt have any change for the $20 and was hoping to catch her anyway in the morning to sort out payment...very rude and no common sense / benefit of the doubt for those who are genuinely trying to pay. Would be useful to have a credit card slip on the payment ticket. Or to come round at a more reasonable hour (ie 8am) and politely introduce herself in order to sort out payment.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Megan Belanger

Ranking: 9/10

Clean bathrooms, nice views over the water, great place to stop and camp near Picton. We stayed two nights and had a great time.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Henk Sjon


Ranking: 9/10

A great site to stay when you arrive of the ferry in picton. Its a 15 min drive from the ferry.
There a lot of places to put up your tent or park your caravan. The view over the lake is nice and there are a lot of Tui's going wild on the plants. Beware to pay your fees because there are frequent check ups.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2018

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Grizzly Girl

Ranking: 6/10

This looks like it would be a lovely site in the summer. However, when driving into it in October I thought I was the only person until I happened upon a little corner where two startled people exchanging stuff between their car windows were located. Back in the States I would have said I had stumbled across a drug deal. And just like there I promptly left. So very sketchy vibes in the early spring and I would be hesitant to stay there alone.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Lucy Kucharik

Ranking: 9/10

Nice big campsite with plenty of options to pitch/park. Wasn't too busy on the one night we stayed. Water quality good for drinking, toilets clean (but no lights) and wasn't particularly windy. Lots of native birds about and nice views of the water. Partner noted noise from the road and seabirds but I didn't find these a problem. Great site for the price.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Helen Bond

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Great for last night stop over as long as you don't mind windy road, though not much traffic.Very quiet when we stayed. Beautiful location next to the Sound. Good bird watching. 8dolls pp was quite expensive for facilities offered - public toilet and water tap. Provision of showers would help a lot. Portakabin would do, gas to power and slot to pay.No power on site, but not a problem.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2018

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Nick Morrison

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