Tōtaranui Campground

Tōtaranui Campground



76 Rankers Reviews

53 Face-to-Face

83 Basic Camping

8 Abel Tasman



Totaranui Camping Ground
Totaranui Campsite in the distance


Large DOC campsite, basic facilities

As far as DOC campsites go, the Totaranui Camping Ground is pretty bling, and extremely popular.

This campsite is an excellent to base yourself from if you are keen to explore the Abel Tasman National Park. From here you can walk, sea kayak, catch water taxis, dive, fish - it's a marine mecca.

During December and February it is full of New Zealander's from Christchurch and can therefore be very hard to book into - do not show up and expect a site as during this time it is very unlikely.

This campsite is accessible by road, walking or by water taxi. Even though this is a popular campsite, there are no powered sites, so be prepared.

You must remove all your rubbish and recycling from this site when you leave.


Feature Value Info


South IslandNelson RegionAbel Tasman


  • Basic Camping





  • Unpowered Sites

    Totaranui is a large campground catering for up to 850 people.

    Adult $15/day
    Child $7.50/day


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Paul Smith

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Huge DOC site behind a lovely beach. Great for day walks. Many facilities blocks very clean with cold showers and washing facilities

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Sally Hodgson

Ranking: 10/10

Really, really pretty!! Such a good campsite, golden sands, clear sea and heaps of walks.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Millka Pietikainen

Ranking: 10/10

It's hard to get to (especially with a big van) but SO worth it. The beach is beautiful and the place is huge, only a few people mid December. Only cold showers but clean. Not many sandflies. Didn't want to leave!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Jan Hiltermann


Ranking: 9/10

I can imagine this can be quite crowded, and with good reason, but when we were here (mid-November) it was only 1/3 full. Selected our spot next to the water. Truly amazing view. Clean showers, no power, but a dump station at the entrance. Lots of short and long hikes starting from the site. Well worth the hassle of driving to the north end of Abel Tasman. One of the most beautiful spots we've been to.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Romain Richardot


Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful place!!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful and wild.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Arslan Ahmad

Ranking: 10/10

This campsite was the best site we stayed at during our holidays. This site is next to a level place, next to a beautiful beach, under the amazing sky at night. It's only the drive there through the mountains but it's all worth it. Highly recommended.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Adrian Soldati

Ranking: 10/10

Great location a few steps from the beach. Not too many sand flies. Toilets are great, with (very cold!) showers too. A few tables and good working running water always available. Tracks around it are ok, but you come here more for the beach than the great views like Milford Sound etc. Be sure you paid even if you arrive late cause they check every morning!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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