Tōtaranui Campground

Tōtaranui Campground

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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 8 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 almost 2 years ago

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Jan Hiltermann

Netherlands

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

France

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful place!!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Clavel

France

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 almost 3 years ago

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Rosanne van Dooren

Ranking: 10/10

After a 10 km gravel road with 7 meter van we were in heaven. We had the place with 10 other guests, our own field. Nice ranger keeps everything super clean told us
that up to 890 people can stay there so we were very lucky! Stayed for 2 nights and had nice hikes. Gate closed at night. Has showers but cold.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Lynn Pateron

Ranking: 10/10

Love this campsite... great facilities... great firepit. Thank you to the DOC warden, Pam. Amazing place, we felt sad when we had to leave early the next day, winter time at this campsite was cool, only ones in the entire place...except for the Weka birds. Love this location and I have visited many on this kayaking journey. Doc campsites are amazing - this is a gem.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Chloe Cox

Ranking: 9/10

Really nice DOC campsite, plenty of spots and right on the beach. Visited at the end of June and basically had the place to ourselves. Long gravel road to get to the site but well worth it!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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David Sitton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Wonderful site, family friendly. Safe and fun place to be. No power, but clean water and waste disposal. Beautiful location, great beaches and jetty to launch boats.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Lizzie Sitton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

At the end of a dusty, winding track sits this haven of a campground, off grid, run by DOC. Stunning coastal walks and pristine, secluded beaches along the way. Just lush! Very friendly campers and lots of families.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Daniel Pietzsch

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

One of our favourite campsites. A great location at a beautiful golden beach. For a DOC campsite, pretty flash facilities: flush toilets, (cold) showers, camp office + little shop (they sell ice for the chilly bin!), WiFi.
Thumbs up!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Wout van Dijk

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful location, really worth driving the 12 km gravel road. Really quiet in the beginning of November, so we had the beautiful golden beach all for ourself. Toilet and showers are basic, but if you don't mind you should definitely stay here.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Sarah Gurney

Ranking: 8/10

This campsite was all about the location. The National Park is stunning and we did some lovely walks and saw some great wildlife. The facilities were understandably basic but clean (toilets, cold shower, no kitchen but there were sinks for washing up). It cost us $15 per person in October which I think was a bit steep considering the facilities, we've paid less and had hot showers etc. The site is huge but it was very quiet when we were there.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Marty Dayle

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Great fun, great location, limited facilities.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Yann Le Gac

France

Ranking: 10/10

$10 pp in May for a campervan. The road to get there is beautiful. Wonderful site on a remote beach that you can reach via a gravel road, well maintained so no issues here. Arrived just before sunset and it was wonderful to walk on the beautiful beach. Was mostly empty in May but it apparently is very busy and crowded in summer.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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K C Costonis

Ranking: 10/10

AWESOME place. We went mid April and basically had the place to ourselves. Spots for fires. Bathroom and trash area provided. Stay in spot U20 and the cove next to the camp spot is awesome for swimming.
Sand flies out of control. Bring bug spray.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Petra Albrchtoval

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Definitely the best camp, close to a great beach and beautiful nature.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Adam

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Definitely the best place in New Zealand - beautiful nature and beach.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Jan Suoboda

Czech Republic

Ranking: 7/10

Big campsite, nice place, cold shower, nice moon up.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in July 2014

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Anna Grafenstein

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Too expensive for the equipment, but a very nice spot.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Philip Schumann

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Huge site, must be very busy in summer, beautiful long stretch of beach, safe swimming, day walks to more beaches, cold showers, free firewood for fireplaces. Dump station, treated fresh water, your van will get dirty on the road! Difficult driving for big vans.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Steffen

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

One of the biggest DOC campsites along the track. God infrastructure, but not as beautiful as other campgrounds in the Abel Tasman National Park.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Nina Helmling

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

One of the less attractive DOC sites, big patch of grass to share for everybody, walk a bay further and you are back in paradise.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Bernhard Fulterer

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

Beautiful beach, very big hut for a DOC site, very expensive.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Felix Brettner

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

$6 per night, showers and beach - very good!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Tobias Gehring

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful beach, sand and campground.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Sally Schist

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Even without electricity or hot water this is in February for us 2 weeks of bliss.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Victor Puigserver

France

Ranking: 10/10

$15, but very good accommodation. Clean and a big campground, wonderful beach.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Mike Majnik

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

Great location - in the middle of the Abel Tasman National Park. Good starting point for walkways - eg we went to Mutton Cove; lovely.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Sarah

Austria

Ranking: 9/10

Great location, we did a lot of activities there - great place to be.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Carina Borho

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Really good, a nice campground, cold showers are okay.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Markus Spitzmueller

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

perfect location, friendly rangers, just cold showers.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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tim winders

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Nice facility way, way off the beaten path. We planned to stay 2 nights but pouring down rain forced us to cut it short to one night.

Since we were one of only 2 campers in the large park, the ranger told us to pull right up beside one of the facility blocks. Made it a little better than having to trek through the rain.

Facilities are nice, but the cold shower was tough after a very wet morning walk on the Abel Tasman coast track.

The drive up and back would have been much more enjoyable if the weather had cooperated and allowed at least a 2 night stay. Not really worth the drive for one night.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Vaclav

Czech Republic

Ranking: 8/10

DOC shocked me by $15 price which is the price for a camp with a hot shower. Couple of years ago it was $8.20 and that was okay for a great location.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Rupert

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Amazing. The nicest place we've been but no power station.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Radana Dlouha

Czech Republic

Ranking: 6/10

Why does it have to be so expensive? $15 per person! No privacy.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Jason MacLeod

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing spot! Sheltered bay for swimming, the beach is beautiful, and great tramps along the Abel Tasman. You can set up an account with a credit card at one of the supermarkets in Takaka and have food(or beer) brought in on the morning bus!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Julia Bonisch

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Nice facilities, cold shower, but no cooking shelter, very open to the wind, very expensive and very crowded.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Jonathan

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Brilliant, we visited in Oct when it was very quiet. Beautiful walks and beaches.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in October 2013

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Francis Ruige

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent, great facilities.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Patrick Stoeit

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice and beautiful campsite in Abel Tasman National park. Everything you need, water, shower, toilets, beautiful landscape. With $15 quite expensive, but okay.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Annika Schmidt

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Huge campground, nice location, beach access, nice walks from there, shower, drinking water.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Sven Woelk

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice place.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Ann Furlong

Ireland

Ranking: 7/10

Nice place, no hot showers, $15 overpriced, very hard place to get to.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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AnnaM

Poland

Ranking: 10/10

Went in October and it was mostly empty but you have to book ahead in Summer months - great spot with beautiful beach and amazing walks nearby. The road to it is quite steep and rough (about 20km) but worth it ($9pp) - only cold showers and no lights at night in toilets.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in October 2012

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Tony and Helene

France

Ranking: 3/10

Beautiful view and place but they ask $15pp to stay and they got a cold shower!

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Arno Leleu

France

Ranking: 9/10

Worth the pay $15PP to stay in this big and very well maintained DOC camp with very good facilities, along the amazing beaches of Abel Tasman National Park.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Bev Stott

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Huge area, beautiful beach. Can have a fire on fireplaces provided (if not total ban).

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Kadyan

France

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful location, quiet when there is not too many people.
A long gravel road to get there.
Well maintain, good beach

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Nadine and Jan

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful location, well maintained.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Lotte Uneken

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Nice place, only the campsites were not directly on the beach as we expected. Long way to drive up to this place on 10km gravel road. The beach was beautiful.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Roeland Driessen

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We were lucky that the road to the campsite was closed, due to flooding. It was very quiet, while in the middle of the summer. We stayed her as part of our Abel Tasman track. A beautiful place to stay!

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in January 2012

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Robert Voelkl

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A very special place in a beautiful surrounding!!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Curry

England

Ranking: 9/10

Well worth the gut wrenching road to it, long golden beaches, beautiful wildlife, barbecues and gorgeous setting.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Karsten Tannhauser

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Only cold showers, no shop, easy access, kind people.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Boi Sagarra

Spain

Ranking: 7/10

Fantastic!!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Bette Eh

United States

Ranking: 10/10

The DOC park at Totaranui was the most remote and incredible place we stayed. With huts, great hikes, stunning beaches and the quiet and pristine quality of all the surroundings. It is clear how hard the conservation people work to let poeple enjoy the unspoilt settings.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Daryl

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Big site but with plenty of space. Right on large swimming beach, cold showers were lovely and cold!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Grumbach

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Not recommended for campervans, but great spot to stay there with a tent, beautiful to experience and discover the Abel Tasman National Park, great beach!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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looklight

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely spot! Windy drive up the gravel road, but its worth it!
Beautiful beach, pure Nature - was a great experience to see the Weka's wandering around. Fireplaces are handy.
Facilities are good, cold water and no power though, but no problem if you are travelling with a self contained campervan.
Loved it!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Theresa

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful even though cold showers and no power.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Raewyn

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Interesting drive in last 10km on gravel but a friendly welcome and a real jewel when you arrive! Best away from peak season! No power, cold water only but great walks and the beach........

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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Rosie NZ

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

clean facilities, friendly staff and well stocked shop. would recommend.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Jansen

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

Too few cooking plates and showers. Should expand. Price is ok.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Fred Dagg

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

DOC - Great location with plenty of day walks and activities. Downside a bit out of the way and very popular amongst domestic tourists - 800 campsites.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Mike Kirchner

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

great location.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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greenbo

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

great camp, great weather

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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foucherm

France

Ranking: 9/10

Next to the sea, beautiful place in the middle of the Abel Tasman National Park.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Mike Howe

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Good campground with basic facilities and a long drive from civilization.

It's the location that makes it special - beautiful sweeping beach patrolled by eagle-rays. Surrounded by mature native forest. Good rockpools at the southern end of the beach for the family to search out critters. Weka birds around the campground are entertaining. Nice walks along the coastline too.

The only downsides are that during summer and holidays it's really crowded and the camping areas are not too private. But that's traditional kiwi camping right!

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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JennekeK

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Nice beach, good toilets.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Clem

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Large campground. Services are quite limited but few people and great location.

Reviewed about 10 years ago