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.
South Island ▷ Nelson Region ▷ Abel Tasman
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Really, really pretty!! Such a good campsite, golden sands, clear sea and heaps of walks.
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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!
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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.
Beautiful and wild.
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.
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!
Rosanne van Dooren
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.
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 😍