Whites Bay Beach facing south to Cloudy Bay
PHOTO: Herb Christophers ©


Located at Whites Bay Recreation Reserve, within easy drive of Blenheim, wineries, gourmet foods and artists of Marlborough. This lodge can be booked by community groups.

Accommodation overview


  • Vehicle


  • Sole


Bookings required


  • Heating - wood
  • Kitchen - basic
  • Lighting
  • Shower - hot
  • Toilet - flush


  • Walking and tramping

About this accommodation

Rarangi Surf Club building.
Rarangi Surf Club building

Rarangi Surf Club building interior.
Building interior


  • Contains a large common room, open style bunkroom, toilet, shower, hand basin and kitchen.
  • Heating is provided by a log burner in the winter, some firewood is provided.
  • The kitchen is equipped with a gas oven and a four burner gas stove top. 
  • Refrigeration is provided, 226 litre fridge, 92 litre freezer. 
  • Hot water is available via gas califont.
  • Solar powered lighting.
  • Mattresses are provided in the bunkroom.

What to bring

  • Gas bottle.
  • Kindling wood.
  • Sleeping bags, blankets and pillows.

Getting there

Whites Bay is located on Port Underwood Road. Follow State Highway 1 to Tuamarina (9 km north of Blenheim or 20 km south of Picton).

Turn off and head east via Hunter, Pembers and Rarangi Roads to Rarangi and Monkey Bay.

From Rarangi/Monkey Bay the road climbs steeply over hills to Whites Bay.

Whites Bay and the historic cable station is sign posted down a short side road off Port Underwood Road. 

Whites Bay from Picton on Port Underwood Road is not recommended for caravans.


Grid reference: NZTM2000, E1688402-N5417878.


Note: The lodge can be booked as accommodation by recognised community groups only.

The cost is $100 per night. Bunks for 10 people are provided. Greater numbers can be accommodated in the Whites Bay campsite at normal rates ($6 per adult and $3 per school age child).

Bookings are managed by the Rarangi Surf Club. Email: rowsey@kinect.co.nz


Know before you go

  • No candles or naked flames.
  • No driftwood to be burnt in the fireplace.
  • Adult supervision is essential at all times.
  • No smoking inside the building and on the veranda.
  • Ensure the facility is left clean and tidy for the next users and check with the ranger before departure.


Wairau / Renwick Office
Phone:   +64 3 572 9100
Address:   Gee Street
Marlborough 7204
Email:   renwick@doc.govt.nz
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