Wairau Diversion Reserve

Wairau Diversion Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking



53 Rankers Reviews

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122 Freedom Camping

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Wairau Diversion is a worth a diversion.


Overnight Freedom Camping on the coast at Wairau Diversion Reserve. Great fishing and white-baiting spot. Good surfing too when there's an easterly swell. Self Contained Vehicles only and maximum stay of 2 nights.

NOTE - Marlborough generally gets particularly parched over summer, so please - NO FIRES


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South IslandMarlboroughBlenheim


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


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Kevin and Dorothy

Ranking: 8/10

Great spot but can get very windy and dusty.
You are supposed to only stay 2 nights however there is a bus there that looks like it has been parked up for months so I don't think anyone goes round to check.

Reviewed 6 days ago

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Shar-ron & Jim

Ranking: 8/10

Came off Ferry late close to Picton. Easy to find but access was tricky in the dark in a large RV. 4-5 gravel entrance to parking area. Easy in daylight.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Shans's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Pretty good spot, went in winter so it was relatively quiet. Toilets just a few minutes walk from where you can camp, only downside is that you can't park next to the ocean.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Gini's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Ist zur Zeit offen. Viel Platz und normale Toiletten.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Cody's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Large open area, feels like disperse camping in the woods and not a car park. Clean pit toilets, no showers or water. It was very windy when we were there so no catch to swim or fish. Also no surf waves at the time.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Jack Moxon

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Very large campsite, you should always be able to find a spot. Toilets right at the far end by the mouth of the river as well - no lights and recommend bringing your own toilet paper. No sink, has antibac gel instead. Nice river/beach. You can’t camp by the end near the toilets, $200 fine as signposted. Plenty of trees for shade. Location on map is correct turnoff but actual campsite is further down the gravel path with a vineyard on the left, follow it until you reach the camp by the river mouth. Be careful of the sand as you could get stuck if you drive through it!

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Richard & Chris, UK

Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic spot, plenty of space all the way from the road to the beach. The app shows the site right at the junction to the road, but follow the road to the end where everyone else is! Nice beach walks, view from your van over the river. Toilets near the beach.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Salkinnoma's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Its a good and large camping spot. Its not to far from the picton ferry terminal so its the perfect spot for late/early ferries!

Reviewed 10 months ago

Mark's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great place. Heaps of room. Can get a bit dusty. 15 minutes to Picton. Mobile coverage

Reviewed 10 months ago

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A smith

Ranking: 10/10

Great destination to stay for the night. Views in the evening as sun sets is are lovely as well as the morning. Clean and tidy. Just what you expect of a freedom camping spot. Would recommend to anyone getting the ferry early next morning as only a short drive to Picton.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Dennis Rijbroek


Ranking: 6/10

Road to the site is tricky when you go down to the riverside. No facilities available. Decent view.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Michael's avatar


Ranking: 3/10

Unfortunately, at our stay, this place was crowded with about 20 cars/campervans.
Yes, the beach and the river are really nice, but the campsite itself is just not worth it. There is a public toilet at the beach. If you don't go, you really are not missing out anything.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Emma & Tom

Ranking: 9/10

Nice secluded spot down but the beach with lots of shelter or open ground if you prefer. Toilet ok as far as long drops go. Access via gravel path bit rough and pot holes but ok if you go slow! Newbie UK Jucy campers :)

Reviewed over 1 year ago