40 Rankers Reviews
256 Freedom Camping
50 Picton / Marlborough Sounds
Thanks to the Marlborough District Council for making this Freedom Camping location available for ferry travellers. Please be aware of the rules. Maximum limit of 12 spaces. If there's 12 campers already here when you arrive, then you'll have to find another place to stay. It fills up fast in the summer season, so be prepared that it might be full.
- Maximum 12 Campervan limit. This is a strict limit and you may be fined $200 if you aren't in one of the 12 allocated parks.
- Please park only in the 12 allocated parking spaces.
- Not suitable for large or towing vehicles
- Consider other campers and residents in the area and please take your rubbish with you.
- Look for the details on the Freedom Camping signs when you first arrive and be aware of the rules
This location is close to a deer park, which is also a conservation area. The little town of Koromiko became famous in New Zealand for its cheese factory.
Thanks for respecting our place and our people here in Marlborough :)
South Island ▷ Marlborough ▷ Picton / Marlborough Sounds
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only for 12 cars but perfect if you want to take an early ferry the next day. close to the highway and the railway but not so much noise as you think.
Thank’s it’s free... because sleep near the highway, the railway and the airport... bit noisy. Only for 12 cars.
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Still closed for work on October 11th and looks like it s gonna be like that for a little while. :/
Winter ok, dark n rainy, but dont sleep well cause noisy People come late and give beep/horn sound from car ...why? Toilet awfull! No nice place just for the night before ferrie ok... even in Winter bei there early to get a place
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No good for families wanting to stay before an early ferry ride. Young people drinking all night staying in cars un-selfcontained.
I’d imagine this car park would be good for a group of friends without young kids
Imagine this spot would be beautiful on a sunny day but it was quite pleasant even on a miserable wet one and it served our purpose for the night. Clean facilities. Did fill in quickly as previous reviewers wrote. Thought I was in a scene from Harry Potter when one train came through but slept pretty well regardless.
COME EARLY! Place fills up quarter after four, great if you’re taking the ferry the next day, Picton is 5 minute drive. Clean flush toilets, picnic tables, right by the road but didn’t bother us at all
Honestly don't know why people complain about! Yes, it is near the highway, yes, it is "just" a car park, but it is FREE! So of course you don't have as much privacy as in some pay campgrounds. We stayed in DOC campgrounds with less space.
Toilets are clean and road noise isn't too bad, if you are a light sleeper bring ear plugs. Nice grassy area with picnic tables and view of farmland with animals. Be early as sites fill up quickly in the evening.
Very useful freedom camping spot if you have an early ferry crossing! It fills up quickly (by 6pm-ish) and there’s only 12 spaces. The rangers do come and check numbers. Spaces are close together so it’s a bit cramped. Toilets were fine and close by, rangers re-filled toilet paper when they did their check. Very close to the main road so potentially not good if you’re a light sleeper, but we found it okay.
First of all let me make it clear (because the signs don’t!) you can only camp here two nights....ever! When it says maximum two nights I assumed it was two nights in a row, this is not the case!
I was woken early one morning to be told I was just about to get a fine from the ranger! A woman (who did not really like tourists) got out her little note book and noted we have been here for two nights before, in fact I confirmed that and told her we had being staying here for two nights and then staying in a hostel for the night to save money.
Anyway she was quite rude and said we (kiwis) don’t have to provide you with free places to stay and to be more organised like they were and pay your way.
The campsite itself is a car park (thank you DOC!), it’s right next to the road so it’s noisy. The toilets are a bit dirty and there is a cold tap with a very small sink (probably so you can’t wash anything in it). Lots of kiwis stop there so their dogs can poo all over the nice grassy bit (and no they don’t pick it up). There is also a train tack near by but you’ll probably only hear one a day (so that’s a maximum of two.....ever! Haha)
Pretty tranquil and serene spot for free. We didn't expect much for free, but were pleasantly surprised. Arrived at 7pm, after getting supplies from Four Square in Picton. Didn't expect to get a park, but was 3/4 full and a couple of station wagons were trying to save parks for their mates. Sorry first in, first served guys! By 730pm it was full and ranger was patrolling and telling others another spot they could go. 1 men's toilet, 1 ladies toilet and 2 long drops. All were very clean and lady came in morning to clean them. We slept through the night and didn't notice the road noise. My fiancé had earplugs, as he's a light sleeper. Couple of picnic tables and nice short walk nearby. Highly recommend to/from car ferry. Not far to Picton.
Nice little spot, does fill up quick and is by a busy main road, but has flushing toilets and is FREE! Though it doesn't have a water supply as it says, and the sinks are too small to fit any pans or bottles under the tap! So bring water!
Very small. Very busy. It was full when we stayed. Only a parking lot next to the main road with about 10 spots. Fortunately not much road traffic at night.