Bark Bay Campsite

Bark Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park


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  • Onetahuti Beach – possible stream crossing

    A stream has diverted across the beach just past the Onetahuti Bay Campsite, going north from Onetahuti. At high tide the stream could be as deep as 1.5 m in the middle, and about 20 m across.

    If you don't want to wade through, make sure you plan you trip within 4 hours either side of low tide. If not possible, wait and cross when the water is down to a comfortable level – allow for extra time.

    Red-alert tide (very high tide) dates for 2022 Nelson/Tasman: 

    • 15–19 June
    • 13–18 July
    • 13–15 August
    • 30 October
    • 26–29 November
    • 25–29 December

    See the NIWA tide timetable (PDF, 110K)

    This is a long term alert.

    First published on 2 March 2021. Last reviewed on 15 June 2022.
  • Boil water at Able Tasman Coast Tracks huts

    Potable drinking water is no longer provided at these huts in Abel Tasman National Park:

    • Anchorage Hut
    • Bark Bay Hut
    • Awaroa Hut
    • Whariwharangi Hut

    Visitors are advsied to boil water before use. 

    First published on 5 August 2022.


Feature Value Info


DOC Great Walk

Central government organisation


South IslandNelson RegionAbel Tasman


  • Basic Camping


Fabio Flepp's avatar

Fabio Flepp

Ranking: 8/10

Nice location, long peninsula, water on both sides of the campground, great facilities and shelter, 'real toilets', some people were collecting seafood for dinner.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Cymen Crick

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Ranking: 8/10

Large campsite with great facilities, surrounded on most sides by water at a high tide as the beach is out front and the Bark Bay lagoon out the back. Can get busy with larger groups at times. Nice sunny spot in winter.

Often less popular for kayakers than other nearby campsites, but it has excellent facilities and if you're a fan of the flush toilet then you're well catered for here.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Aurelie Morin


Ranking: 7/10

Too big but a good place.

Reviewed over 9 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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