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.
- 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.
- 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 :)
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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.
Just a parking area near the road. Too much noise and we had the door closed. Between the people arriving around midnight and others leaving around 6am too noisy. But not far from Picton. Full at 4:30pm. We parked our car at 11a.m (to book our place) and go in to Picton by hitchhiking. Water, tap, flush in toilet. Shelter also. Protect and respect nature!
Nyla and Alan Ramsay
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Spot close to the ferry. Good clean toilets, bit noisy from the road.
Been here again on 19 January. 3 o'clock ish some people already there. Half past four last spot taken by someone. Noisy during the night - campers have noisy chat, SH1 is always busy and railway.... woke up half past five people were rude and just did a noise when leaving. Ranger came after 6:00 and was pretty upset, 7 cars over the limit!!! Guys...... there are heap of signs here and there ONLY 12 CARS. Don't be silly..... be happy there are some freedom camping spots in NZ and just move away when full. Same deal with dishes and rubbish.
This area is actually the parking to the reserve. Only 12 lots are available. There is a small picnic ground and public toilet. Good stopover between Kaikoura and Picton. So, the lots are taken up very fast in the late afternoon/early evening. Pleasant view of farm land with sheep & cow across the car park.
12 spots fill up fast. Arrive between 5-6pm. Full by 7pm.
Ahmed Mohsen Aly
Great location, but oh man was that place packed! We took the last spot and saw a few others come after us and leave. The road noises were almost unbearable with all the big trucks driving by.
Right next to a busy railway line which was noisy at night but a really nice place for being free. Nice grassy area and flush toilets. Quite busy when we were there and people parking outside of the bay.
Simple spot really near to Picton (less than 7 km). Just 12 areas to park your vehicle. It is noisy because it is near to the road but just for 1 night it is enough.
We at Rankers NZ, love to meet travellers on the road and share in some of the freedom. That's why Rankers NZ invites you to come and stay for free at our chill riverside overnight parking area in the Motueka Valley at the top of the South Island.
Good services but full of campers.
Basic paved car park on the side of the highway just off the ferry. Some road noise but wasn't bad after the last ferry unloaded.
This was a very busy site- we arrived around 9pm and got the last free spot. The toilets were clean. Lots of road noise and noise from other campers drinking in the bathroom shelter. Good for a free overnight stay.