Kerr Bay Campsite

Kerr Bay Campsite - Lake Rotoiti

Kerr Bay Campsite

Lake Rotoiti


45 Rankers Reviews

23 Face-to-Face

17 Dump Station

2 St Arnaud


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Kerr Bay - can be busy!!
Great campervan sites
Cooking shelter - gas stove, hot water - choice!
Choice view from the jetty


Kerr Bay Campsite is next to Lake Rotoiti, surrounded by beech forest, with a boat launching ramp nearby.

Kerr Bay Campsite is 500 metres from the St Arnaud village shop.

The campground is open all year around. During the summer months bookings are essential. Bookings are not available during the winter.

A $10 service fee applies to all phone, email and in-person bookings.
Your booking will be for a site, which will be allocated or selected on arrival.

Bookings are required 1 December to 30 April. Book well in advance for the Christmas holiday period, classic boat show and powerboat regatta weekends, and Easter.

Campsite zones:
There are five camping zones, each with varying numbers of sites.

Powered Sites with hardened surfaces:
- Bellbird
- Fantail
- Robin and Tui zone.

Grassy zone suitable for tents:
-Kaka zone

Kiwi sites are suitable for campervans and provide a gravel surface with some grass around the sites.

Facilities and services:
- A day shelter provides kitchen and cooking facilities – no pots, pans, cutlery.

The ablution block has:
- hot showers that are token operated. You can get tokens from the Visitor Centre.
- toilets
- full access shower/toilet, and washing machine and clothes dryer.
- There is a sewage dump station opposite the cooking shelter.


Feature Value Info


DOC Marlborough

Central government organisation


South IslandNelson RegionSt Arnaud


  • Basic Camping
  • Dump Station

Operating Season And Hours

Bookings not required from Easter (mid April) to mid December.
During winter, showers and washing facilities are closed to prevent any damage from freezing.


Showing 8 reviews of 42.

Wayne's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

By far the best DoC camp I’ve visited. Spent last three nights here on powered site. Great environment and every amenity.
Camp hosts are awesome.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Sandy Bao

Ranking: 10/10

the best campsite I have ever been, brand new shower, toilet facilities, etc.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Valg's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

This is a beautiful campsite with all the trimmings, powered sites, new toilets,laundry,kitchen area with hot water , hot showers ($1)and dump station.we stayed the long weekend so had to book on line and got the last space. A beautiful lake with walks or bike tracks to choose from.
Only problem was the sandflies and masses of bumblebees! Take plenty of insect repellent!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Pablo Boris

Ranking: 9/10

Great place to stay! Showers 2 dollars, powered and non pwrd places. Great place to cook and eat, hot (boiling) and fresh water. Hose to water up your campervan, washing machines and hand/hair dryers. Highly recommended, check in 10 am and out 11/12am. Sandflies level: 4/10.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Ying's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

A fantastic campsite near beautiful Lake Rotoiti, we were very impressed with the cooking and paid hot shower facilities (didn't expect it at a DOC site). There are lots of sites spaced out and it was nearly empty when we were there, so quiet and peaceful. Great spot for nature walks - we spotted lots of birds and even a pair of wild deer

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in September 2020

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Kysha's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful location right by Lake Rotoiti. Campsite well set up with kitchen facilities, toilets and hot showers (token system, $1 per token for 6 mins of hot water). We stayed in a powered site for $23 per adult. Non powered sites were $20 pp.

If arriving before 4.30pm, register at the DOC office about 200m before the lake on the right-hand side. You can buy tokens for the showers there too. If coming after hours, there's an onsite host (but they can't give you a campsite until after the DOC office closes).

As others have said, plenty of sandflys about so bring repellent.

Lake 100m away from campsite, where you can swim, hire canoes, get a water taxi and there's a playground for kids.

Campsite has rubbish and recycling bins and a dump station.

Saw some American tourists feeding eels off the jetty.. which I'm glad I only saw after I'd had a swim!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

lisa's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic facilities at this I've experienced.
And a beautiful setting on the lake with a lovely walk around the lake and the option of boat ride to lake head and walk back to camp.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Sophi's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

A great DOC site, lake Rotoiti is just beautiful. We were delayed arriving due to bad weather so missed checking in at the visitor center. The camp hosts were then not around until later & had no shower tokens on them. We managed to park up in the right area with our tent as per our booking email though.
The new toilets are fab, didn’t use the showers due to no tokens.
Be warned, the sand flies are a pain!!

Reviewed over 2 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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