Wairau Diversion Reserve

Wairau Diversion Reserve

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111 Freedom Camping

17 Blenheim



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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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 18 days ago

Mark's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed 25 days 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 about 1 month 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 4 months ago

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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 8 months 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 9 months ago

Rick’d's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great site close to the ferry. Perfect for us - twice!

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Georgia's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Lovely spot. Toilets are pretty clean and beach is cool. Lots of space

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Glen Marshall UK

Ranking: 10/10

Site not exactly as shown on app but I think it may have just now moved up & it is easy, with the sea to your right turn up gravel road as you go over bridge then drive about 1km up with vineyards either side, we parked under tall pine trees at end of lake just before beach & near new toilet blocks “Brilliant site & views & facilities good”
Plenty of parking please respect this site or loose it one of the best freedom sites we have stayed at
Jas & Glen

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Gareth Jones

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely spot.Loads of room by the river and beach. Gravel road for a km or so but keep going to the end. Toilets ok but no water supply.
Perfect for ferry the following day. We got to Picton early and had time to explore.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Ceri's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great freedom camp site. Plenty of room for everyone and 2 toilets near the beach which were clean when we arrived but did deteriorate. We were picked up from Tuamarina for our wine tour which was really convenient. It’s only 10 mins from Blenheim and 15 mins from Picton so perfect for the ferry. The grey sandy beach was almost deserted. Best freedom camp we’ve so far experienced.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Aisling's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Like the other reviews mention once you turn into the road keep driving right down to the end. There's so much room down here and plenty of shaded areas to park. You're right beside the river and beach. Great for a little swim to cool off. Its peaceful, has a clean drop toilet but no water source. You're only 15 mins to blenheim town centre so easy to stock up on supplies

Reviewed 11 months ago

Hope's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice place to stay for the night. Plenty of parking, came off the ferry at 23:30 and didn't have any issue finding a spot. Beautiful scenery. Vault toilet at the end of the road, we didn't see it at night when we came in but were easily able to find in the morning.

Reviewed 11 months ago