Taylor Dam Reserve

Taylor Dam Reserve

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Taylor Dam Reserve. Freedom Camping near Blenheim.


Stay in a self contained vehicle for up to 2 nights at peaceful Taylor Dam Reserve. Good walking and mountain biking options, while also in close proximity to Wither Hills Walkway and only 6kms from Blenheim township.

The responsible camping area at the Taylor Dam Reserve is in the Upper Levels of the Reserve.

The Taylor Dam Reserve Upper Level is located off Taylor Pass Road approximately 7 kms from Blenheim as shown on the Taylor Dam Reserve Upper Level map.

No person may responsible camp except in the area shown and must be in a certified self-contained

There is clear signage into the area directing campers to the area allocated for camping.

The maximum period anyone can responsible camp in this area is two consecutive nights in any four-
week period.

Vehicle numbers are limited to 10 vehicles.


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South IslandMarlboroughBlenheim


  • Freedom Camping
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Nicole's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

All good spot, can drive down to the toilets which are portaloos but were really clean. Only downside was a random cars driving in and out past the camp spot at night.

Reviewed 5 months ago

Valg's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

There are 10 parking spaces at the entrance to Taylor’s Dam( was a dam but now a lovely small lake with ducks and swan) The spaces provided are rather miserly and if there was no one else staying we would have felt very vulnerable. However, others joined us and the park like area around the lake was lovely. It is well frequented by friendly locals and dog walkers . Also the local vineyards fire off guns regularly during the day to frighten off the birds. Sounds a bit like a war zone ! The toilets are down in the reserve. A water tap at the end of the parking. Boy racers congregate in the evening at the area above where we are parked and no cell phone coverage if an emergency call was needed.Glad they did not stay long the night we were there.
Having said we had a peaceful night and rode our bikes into Blenheim and around the park area , enjoying
the bird life . It would be nice of the council to consider cordoning off a small safer area within the very large park area. Still we realised it was free -just pointing out what we experienced others can choose to stay or not.

Reviewed 8 months ago

DolphinShavingLtd's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Stayed here a night and had breakfast bye the pond the next morning.
Beautiful place.
Not sure what the complaints about the toilet are about, yes it's a small walk bit you're freedom camping.

Reviewed 9 months ago

Michael's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot! Toilets aren’t as bad of a walk as some people are making out, maybe a 3 minute walk down a paved road. Stayed for 2 nights, beautiful scenery and sunsets! Recommended

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Jackue's avatar


Ranking: 3/10

Its a pond, not a dam. A few swans around. Toilets are ridiculous far from camp.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Shans's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Not a bad spot to park up, pretty cold in winter, lots of vans were frosted over in the morning! Toilets are a fair walk down to the dam, lots of beautiful swans. Relatively quiet for a Friday night- no noisy drunk people or loud cars.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Don Marco

Ranking: 7/10

- Small and crowded carpark for about 10 vehicles,
- close to lovely pond with lots of birds,
- very nice about 30 minutes walk around the pond,
- clean toilets at 10 minutes walk,
- in the morning you can drive down to the pond and enjoy its calm beauty

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Sheri's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful location. Stunning scenery of the dam and mountains. A shame you can only camp at the top and not around the dam. But it’s still a perfect free place to park for a night.
One down fall was there were cars coming in and out a lot (not sure why, very strange!) through the evening and again early morning and some idiot decided to honk their horn 3 times on the way out! Idiots (to wake up all the campers).
The council came round at 8:30pm, we assum to make sure campers we not on the dam front, so obey the signs.

All in all a beautiful spot though and much nicer than others we pass on the way up from Christchurch to Picton. Close to ferry as well, a 25min drive in.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Geoff Walker

Ranking: 8/10

Cool spot, nice and simple. Lots of good walking around

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Carl Fogarty

Ranking: 7/10

Quiet place close to Blenheim. Toilet is a 5 min. walk past a nice lake, pity the toilet was flooded and blocked while we were there. Decent free spot.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Emma Guthrie

Ranking: 7/10

Lovely reserve not far from Blenheim. We came in at 6.30pm and snagged the last park. The reviews aren’t kidding about the toilets, pretty terrible walk on a rainy night but they are well maintained.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Rogier Kavelaars

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice spot just out of town. Some cars at night but otherwise very quiet. Toilets are a 5 min walk and clean and nice. Best to park your RV at the far end thus getting the first morning sun.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

Henry's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice spot. Gravel park is a bit sloping. Few cars driving around till midnight (Saturday), but not anything disturbing at all. Toilet is a bit far, but clean and with flush and sink, however no lights at night. About 5kms from city centre.

Reviewed over 4 years ago