Wairau Diversion Reserve

Wairau Diversion Reserve

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Wairau Diversion is a worth a diversion.



+++ Campsite closed until further notice due to the Juli 2021 flooding +++

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 in any four week period.

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

The Wairau Diversion area is located on the northern side of the lower reach of the Diversion. It is
accessed from the intersection of Thomas Road and Neal Road.

The area of the Wairau Diversion at the eastern end of the site is a restricted area for responsible camping. The Wairau Diversion Reserve Restricted Area is part of the reserve from the eastern boundary of the prohibited area adjacent to the Hinepango Wetland stretching in an easterly direction to the Wairau Diversion day use area. The area permitting responsible camping has a fence on its eastern boundary between the day use and the camping area.

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.

Vehicle numbers are limited to 75 vehicles.


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South IslandMarlboroughBlenheim


  • Freedom Camping
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Vanessa's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Large area under the pine trees to park up. Only 25mins to Picton so great when getting off the Ferry. Long drop toilets are a short walk away. Also walking distance to the beach. Nice area not far off the main road which makes for a nice quiet spot.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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La Vie

Ranking: 10/10

WiFi coverage ✔️
Spacious ✔️
Saturday night stay

Reviewed 7 months ago

Valg's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Not a bad place to stop off, a large grassy area with pine trees for shelter or more open at the end. A little scruffy in parts and toilets poorly maintained. Close to the river and beach, views of the mountains.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Adventure B4 Dementia

Ranking: 7/10

A very nice and quiet area at this time of year (Early March). The district council have posted "No Camping" signage along the first half of the river so make sure you don't camp in those areas as the fine is $200.
The toilets are clean and tidy if needed.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Liv's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great freedom site with lots of space, close to the beach and sheltered in the trees. The toilets aren’t the nicest but it’s a perfect rest stop if you have just got the ferry in from Picton :)

Reviewed 8 months ago

Susan's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Spent two nights. So much space for everyone. You are in the woods, so you can spread out your camp area. It's a short walk to the beach and long drop toilets with hand sanitizer. Water from the river going into the ocean was refreshing for a swim! You can see the bottom of the north island from the beach, which was cool.

Reviewed 8 months ago

Felix's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Really nice picturesque spot with heaps of spaces. Great views. Long drop toilets but clean and tidy. Recommend for a stay after getting the night ferry from Wellington.

Reviewed 8 months ago

Shalamar's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

This was another great wee spot close to the sea. Ample of space and shade. You can only camp in a certain area and not beyond the signs as it is a $200 fine. However close walking distance to the toilets. Only con would be the state the toilets were in and one but obviously all good being self contained. Definitely recommend checking it out.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Tammy & Nigel

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot great seeing waitbaiters and fishing. There is a guy who comes around to check so don’t ruin it but disobeying the signs. We sat up by the mouth and drove past the signs to camp after dinner. Amazing sunset and sunrise 😁

Reviewed 10 months ago

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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 11 months 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 12 months ago

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 about 1 year ago

Gini's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Ist zur Zeit offen. Viel Platz und normale Toiletten.

Reviewed over 1 year ago