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25 places to go camping in Nelson

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Nelson, sunshine capital of New Zealand has an extensive range of camping grounds and holiday parks for visitors.

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Check your bucket list, what you want to do before you choose where to stay. For ideas check out Abel Tasman Great Walk & Abel Tasman National Park camping grounds as well as Where to stay in Nelson.

 

In the peak summer season forward bookings are essential. Grab yourself a place in the sand with the shallow waters of the Tasman Sea lapping just below your tent.

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Who wants to cook while on holiday, check out Moutere, Nelson 9 best foodie experiences + great walk for the makings of a great escape from the kitchen. Staying in Nelson or visiting check out 14 cafes, counter food & quick bites to eat in Nelson – Best Bits and your picnic is sorted.

 

Nelson is the home of over twenty independent breweries, check out the action on a Craft brewery & cider drink Nelson weekend trip – Best Bits

Nelson City Top 10 Holiday Park

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A budget holiday in Nelson city is possible. The Nelson City Top Ten Holiday Park is within easy walking distance to shops, supermarkets & Nelson Hospital.

We are the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the beautiful Nelson-Tasman district. Take advantage of Nelson’s cafes, restaurants. Nelson Top Ten Holiday Park is a great location to join the fun,  Nelson Guide Summer Festivals, Art and Museums – Best Bits.

Nelson City TOP 10 Holiday Park is the closest campground to the centre of town! Book one of our Powered Sites and park up your RV, Campervan, Motorhome, Caravan or Sleepervan. There is the option of non-powered tent sites available. The holiday park welcomes pets. Remember to check Pet Policy beforehand.

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Tahuna Beach Holiday Park & Motel (Nelson city)

Tāhuna Beach Holiday Park and Motel is located 4.5 kilometres from Nelson city centre and adjacent to Tāhunanui Beach. The Tahuna Beach Holiday Park & Motel covers an extraordinary length of coastline, over 54 acres of parkland. The Tahuna Holiday Park has beachside access to the 1.7 km white sandy Tahunanui beach.

Tāhuna Beach Holiday Park has 600 campsites spread across 54 acres of parkland. These are located in four separate colour-coded zones, which means you can choose the area that has the features and facilities you want.

Each zone has its own communal kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities, along with a recycling station.

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Green summer landscape with three recreational cyclists in orange clothes alongside the river in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand
Cycling in Nelson

WHAT TO DO NEARBY TAHUNA BEACH HOLIDAY PARK & MOTEL?

Brook Valley Holiday Park (Nelson city)

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Traditional camping ground with no mobile phone reception, no en-suites, no frills – a stay at Brook Valley Holiday Park is a genuine chance to get back to basics.

Shared facilities include:

  • Basic camp kitchen
  • Toilets
  • Token operated showers
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WHAT TO DO NEARBY BROOK VALLEY HOLIDAY PARK?

  • Visit Nelson’s sanctuary for native forests and wildlife, Walks and facilities at the Brook Sanctuary. The Loop track which is a charming and easy walk of some 45 minutes and accessible for pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters, and features the newest addition to Sanctuary the Founders Bridge across the dam.Owned and managed by Nelson City Council

Maitai Valley Motor Camp (Nelson city)

Traditional camping grounds owned and operated by Nelson City Council. Located five kilometres outside of the city centre via a scenic drive, the Maitai Valley Camp has a woodland setting and a safe river for swimming. Its 120 power sites and 400 tent sites are spacious and scattered amongst great trees.

Facilities include:

  • token gas showers
  • two fully equipped kitchens
  • BBQ area
  • limited dump point
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Maitai Valley Motor Camp @Auckland i-SITE

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Mapua Leisure Park (Tasman Bay)

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Mapua Leisure Park has basic motels, cabins and camping powered and non-powered sites situated in 21 acres of pine forest and beach dunes. Communal kitchen and laundry facilities, boat and trailer park. Recreational facilities include tennis courts, volleyball and swimming pool and for parents a summer children’s entertainment programme.

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WHAT TO DO NEARBY MAPUA LEISURE PARK?

The hulk of the Janie Seddon slowly turning to rust in the bay at Motueka
The hulk of the Janie Seddon at Motueka

Cable Bay Holiday Park (Tasman Bay)

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An independent classic holiday park with the beach as the star attraction. Cable Bay Holiday Park has non-powered and powered sites and basic cabins (no ensuites). There are well maintained communal facilities. Nearby Cable Bay Holiday Park is the start of the Cable Bay walkway.

This campsite is owned and operated by the Nelson City Council.

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WHAT TO DO NEARBY CABLE BAY HOLIDAY PARK?

Wainui Falls, Abel Tasman National Park, South Island, New Zealand in daylight and slow shutter speed during southern hemisphere summer in February
Wainui Falls, Abel Tasman National Park

Queen Street Holiday Park (Tasman Bay)

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Queen Street Holiday Park located in the nearby village, Richmond, Nelson, New Zealand. Queen Street Holiday Park has 82 powered small and large sites. There is a single motel unit. The holiday park accommodates long term stays.

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WHAT TO DO NEARBY QUEEN STREET HOLIDAY PARK?

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Seifried Estate @Fells

Tasman Motor Camp (Tasman Bay – Ruby Bay)

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Tasman Motor Camp is a classic camping ground with non-powered and powered sites, cabins (some ensuite) and dormitory style accommodation for larger groups. Well maintained facilities surrounded by mature trees and landscaped grounds.

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Motueka Top 10 Holiday Park (Tasman Bay)

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Motueka Top 10 Holiday Park is part of the award winning Top Ten holiday parks of New Zealand. There is a range of accommodation choices. Additionally Motueka Top Ten has a contemporary, open plan conference room which can be set up to meet your specific requirements. The park office offers a complete booking service for all sightseeing, transport and adventure activities in our region.

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Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve (Golden Bay)

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Kaiteriteri Reserve Camp is a Qualmark 4-star plus Holiday Park in Motueka. It is a beachfront campground set in the scenic Kaiteriteri Reserve. It has 400 power sites, 9 standard cabins,8 ensuite cabins and 8 luxury apartments overlooking the bay. Beachfront cafe/restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and a la carte evening dining and operates within the motor camp. Sheltered golden beaches for safe bathing and water sports and walking tracks are nearby. Kaiteriteri Beach Motor Camp is situated on Kaiteriteri-Sandy Bay Road.

Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve Camp has extensive recreational facilities. A coffee shop, bicycle hire, children’s playground, play equipment, mini golf, snorkelling equipment for hire. The convenience shop will organise breakfast and has a liquor licence.

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WHAT TO DO NEARBY KAITERITERI RESERVE CAMP?

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Split Apple Rock

Takaka Camping & Cabins (Golden Bay)

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Takaka Camping & Cabins is conveniently located within walking distance (300 metres) of the town’s main street. The campgrounds are 7 km from the beach. The campgrounds have non-powered, powered sites, cabins (some ensuite). Pets allowed (conditions apply).

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WHAT TO DO NEARBY TAKAKA CAMPING AND CABINS?

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Te Waikoropupū Springs, Takaka @Stuff

Bethany Park, Holiday Park and Camp (Golden Bay)

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Bethany Park has kids activities sorted with two playgrounds, paddock golf, a children’s BMX track and the 60 metre water slide. One of NZ’s premier beaches, Kaiteriteri is a short 10 minute walk away. There are non-powered, powered sites, cabins, chalets and ensuite motel style units. Pets allowed (conditions apply). The well maintained facilities mean forward bookings are essential for peak summer season. Wintering over is available for motorhomes at a weekly rate.

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Kaiteriteri Beach Reserve rules are strict and dogs are not permitted on the beach. But Tapu Bay, just a few minutes’ drive away from us, is a large bay which is very dog friendly.

Pohara Beach Holiday Park (Golden Bay)

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Pohara Beach Holiday Park is a finalist in the holiday park awards and a five star option for those wishing a resort feel to their camping experience. Pohara has non-powered, powered sites, cablins, chalets, ensuite motel style options. There is an expansive kids playground, concrete boat ramp and wash down facilities. The park is the closest camping ground to the northern end of Abel Tasman National Park.

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Looking out over Wainui Bay from Wainui Hill, Abel Tasman National Park, Takaka, Golden Bay, in New Zealand's South Island.
Looking out over Wainui Bay from Wainui Hill, Abel Tasman National Park, Takaka, Golden Bay

Golden Bay Holiday Park

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Golden Bay Holiday Park has a great location. The park is halfway between Farewell Spit and the Abel Tasman National Park, making it the ideal place to explore the area. Golden Bay Holiday Park has beach apartments with direct access to the sandy private beach. For holidaymakers after a relaxed beach vibe this is a premier destination.

Accommodation includes several beach self-contained apartments. There are 210 powered and non-powered sites distributed throughout the park. Golden Bay Holiday Park has extensive mature trees and landscaping with benches and picnic tables nestled among the sand dunes.

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WHAT TO DO NEARBY GOLDEN BAY HOLIDAY PARK?

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Farewell spit gannets, Nelson @footprintsoffemme

Collingwood Holiday Park (Golden Bay)

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From a non-powered site for a tent to a self-contained cabin there is plenty of choice for your budget holiday in Collingwood Holiday Park. For family groups there is a self-contained holiday home as well as several cabins sleeping up to eight people. Camping Sites, Tent, caravan and motorhome sites range from sitting on the waterfront to the more sheltered site amongst the trees. Campers have access to full communal facilities. Bring your own cooking equipment to use in the communal kitchens.

Book swap library & Wifi available for guests. Pets by prior arrangement and no animals allowed Dec 15th to Feb 15th.

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Marahau Beach Camp (Golden Bay)

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Marahau Beach Camp is a classic Kiwi camping ground just steps away from the gorgeous Marahau beach. Marahau is a key location for departures, sea kayaking and water taxi trips into the Abel Tasman National Park. Marahau Beach Camp has 55 powered sites for tents, campervans and caravans. Set among mature trees, the sites are well proportioned and are all close to the central amenities block.

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Kaiteriteri beach

The Barn Cabins & Camp (Golden Bay)

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The Barn Cabins & Camp is the answer to a holiday where the pesky administrative details are sorted including where to stay while visiting the Abel Tasman National Park.

With incredible views of the Abel Tasman Coast and tucked among the Marahau Valley.

Choose from a range of accommodation options including Beachfront Bach’s, Private Cabins, Ocean View Campsites and Dorm Rooms.

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WHAT TO DO NEARBY THE BARN CABINS & CAMP?

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Old MacDonald’s Farm Holiday Park (Golden Bay, Marahau)

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Old Macdonald’s Farm Holiday Park is a gem. 100 acres of native bush and regenerating forest  in the Marahau Valley just 400 metres from the Abel Tasman National Park, There are family cabins & camping alongside the office area “The Hub” of the farm, or go International where we have “Cowman’s Cottage” more cabins & camping @ our busy backpacker area/hostel. The Bull paddock camping ground is tucked beside the Marahau river with powered & non-powered sites.

Old Macdonald’s will arrange bookings for Abel Tasman trips.

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WHAT TO DO NEARBY OLD MacDONALD FARM?

  • Clydesdale Adventures, Horse trekking – beach, bush or both depending on the tide. Riding for every level
  • Visit The Ngarua Caves, Moa bones, stalactites, guided hourly tours.
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Wharariki Holiday Park (Golden Bay)

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Wharariki Beach Holiday Park has non-powered, powered sites for campervans, motorhomes and caravans – flat, well drained pitches for camping with tents, tourist cabins for up to 4 people and lodge accommodation for backpackers.

No dump station for campervans, please arrive empty – there is a dump station at Collingwood. There are no waste disposal facilities at Wharariki Beach Holiday Park – Pack in / Pack out – recycling is available at Collingwood.

Facilities

  • Internet – There is limited cellphone and mobile data coverage available around the campground. Wi-Fi internet is available – charges apply.
  • Cafe – Nestled in the bush by Wharariki Beach car park is Archway Cafe. The cafe is open from the end of October to Easter serving great coffee, cakes, muffins, sandwiches, ice-cream and cold drinks.
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Quinney’s Bush Camp (SH6 district)

Quinney’s Bush is a popular, back-to-basics adventure holiday park set in spacious grounds of 10 ha with native trees and safe river swimming. Located 52 km from Nelson, 70 km from Murchison and 58 km from Motueka on SH6. *Shop, fridge/freezer, laundry, kitchen *Toilets, showers, wash facilities *Tent sites, power, cabins.

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Great Taste Trail Spooners Tunnel, New Zealand @George Guille Media
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WHAT TO DO NEARBY QUINNYS BUSH?

  • Spooners Rail Tunnel
  • Lake Rotoiti
  • Purchase a day ticket and enjoy the waterslide, river swimming spots and BBQ facilities. Adventure park has flying foxes, skatepark, BMX track

Tapawera Campground (SH6 route)

Tapawera Cycle Trail Campground is a perfect rest stop on the Taste Nelson cycle trail. TAPAWERA is a village on the TASTE NELSON CYCLE TRAIL. Tapawera is located along the Motueka Valley, the magnificent Kahurangi Ranges at its side. It’s been a gold mining town and a railway town, with the railway construction camp situated there for several years.

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Enjoy a classic pub lunch at Visit Tapawera on the Motueka Valley Highway, between Nelson and Motueka. While not strictly camping, a pub stay for a night or two in Tapawera is a quintessential kiwi experience.

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TAPAWERA HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

The Tapawera Hotel has eight accommodation units, all en-suite, behind the hotel well away from any road noise. The hotel has one family room with a double bed, bunk beds and a spacious WC/shower room. There are 4 double bedded rooms and 3 twin bedded rooms.

Riverside Holiday Park (SH6 route)

Riverside Holiday Park with its 40 acres of grounds is a favourite spot for Buller River jet boat tours, kayakers and rafters of one of the world’s white river top destinations. A classic camping ground with shared facilities.

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WHAT TO DO NEARBY RIVERSIDE HOLIDAY PARK, MURCHISON?

Kiwi Park Motels and Holiday Park (SH6 route)

Kiwi Park Motels & Holiday Park borders the Matakitaki River with farm animals roaming among the 6 hectares. Non-powered, powered, cabins, motel style units and log cabins.

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Murchison, New Zealand @Stuff
Murchison @Stuff

WHAT TO DO NEARBY KIWI PARK MOTELS & HOLIDAY PARK, MURCHISON?

Murchison Motorhome Park (SH6 route)

Murchison Motorhome Park is a dedicated landscaped park for motorhomes and RV vehicles.

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Owen River Campground (SH6 route)

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Owen River Tavern and Motel is part of the historic Owen River Pub complex. Owen River Recreation Reserve borders the Buller River.  The campsite is located only a few minutes walk from the Owen River Tavern. Camper vans are welcome and there are power and water points available for use. There are toilets, hot showers, washing and drying facilities on site.

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