Collins Memorial Reserve

Collins Memorial Reserve

Koromiko - Overnight Campervan Parking



43 Rankers Reviews

11 Face-to-Face

241 Freedom Camping

42 Picton / Marlborough Sounds


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Maximum 12 Campers per night

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 :)


Feature Value Info


South IslandMarlboroughPicton / Marlborough Sounds


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


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Daria's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Good for a night if you want to stay close to Picton. Bit out of town however (too far to walk) and nothing around (gorgeous mountain views though). Off the highway but minimal noise. I arrived at 2:45pm and got the last spot! Designated spots for 12 camper vans. Flush toilets with toilet paper and a bar of soap I believe some kind person left behind. Lots of creepy crawlies in the toilets - it’s nature but fair warning! Nice grassy areas to enjoy a book and your meal.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Susanne's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great spot to go to the ferry the next day. Right next to a street so quite noisy. Toilet is ok. To stay a night a good spot.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Ana's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great spot for getting the ferry the next day. Nice car park and little reserve that you can go for a walk.
Fills up quickly so come early.
Only downfall lots of road noise and trains. So not much sleep to be had.

Reviewed 11 months ago

JT's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Caroline's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

Thank’s it’s free... because sleep near the highway, the railway and the airport... bit noisy. Only for 12 cars.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Axel's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

Still closed for work on October 11th and looks like it s gonna be like that for a little while. :/

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Katja Silhavy


Ranking: 4/10

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

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Matt's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

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

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in April 2018

TRISH's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Sarah's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Rebekka Doliva

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Joe Trigg

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Aaron Austin

Ranking: 6/10

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)

Reviewed almost 3 years ago