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Camp on the banks of the Pelorus River amongst towering kahikatea, beech and rimu trees. Walk, swim, fish, kayak and relax.

Bookings are essential 1 December to 28 February and public holiday weekends.

Campsite overview


  • Car
  • Motorhome
  • Caravan


  • Forest
  • Rivers and lakes


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Cookers/electric stove
  • Phone
  • Shelter for cooking
  • Shop
  • Shower - hot
  • Water from tap
  • Wheelchair accessible
40 non-powered/tent sites
14 powered sites


  • Fishing
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

Minimum 3 nights between 28 December and 5 January

Minimum charge of 2 adults per site between 1 December and 28 February

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

Pelorus Bridge Campground. Image: Pete Brady.
Pelorus Bridge Campground

Facilities and services

  • Hot showers (campers only)
  • Wheelchair accessible kitchen, shower & toilet block.
  • Communal kitchen with gas stoves. Bring your own chilly bin, BBQ, pots, pans, crockery & cutlery.
  • Clothes washer & dryer.
  • Public card phone onsite. Mobile phone coverage variable.
  • Cafe & shop onsite open daily for coffee, homemade pies & baking, icecreams, ice, milk & bread and some camping essentials.

Getting there

On SH6, 54 km from Nelson and 60 km from Blenheim.

The camp office for check-in is located beside the café. Next to the café is a short, unsealed, well-formed, narrow road to the campsite.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1647698, N5427996


Summer (1 Oct - 30 Apr)

  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $7.50 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years) : free

Winter (1 May - 30 Sep)

  • Adult (18+ years): $12 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $6 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free

NZMCA / DOC campsite pass cannot be used at this campsite.

Full payment is required at the time of booking.


Pelorus river and bridge. Image: Diana Parr
Pelorus River and bridge

Bookings essential over holidays and long weekends.

Book Pelorus Bridge Campground online

Pelorus Bridge Campground
Phone +64 3 571 6019

Bookings are recommended to be made online, a fee applies to any bookings done by phone.

Before you book:


  • Ensure your whole group is booked in to ensure there is enough space for you.


Walking and tramping

Several short walks start from the campsite: Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve walking tracks

Know before you go

We aim to provide a traditional New Zealand camping experience. Te ensure you and other campers enjoy your stay, be considerate of others and be aware of the rules below.

  • All campers must report to the office on arrival.
  • No pets, (cats, dogs, birds).
  • Site allocation is at the discretion of the camp managers who will inform you of your site allocation.
  • Office hours 8:00 am to 8:00 pm from Labour Weekend to Easter, and to 6:00 pm between Easter and Labour Weekend. If you plan to arrive outside these hours you must contact the office first.
  • All groups must include a responsible adult 18 years or over.
  • All caravans and campervans that require power must have a current Electrical Warrant of Fitness (WOF) which will be checked on arrival. If your Electrical WOF is not current you won’t be allowed to connect to power.
  • No fires, chainsaws, generators or compressors under any circumstance.
  • Unacceptable conduct (eg, nudity, violence, excessive noise) and/or behavior deemed to be publicly offensive will result in immediate removal of those concerned with no refund given.
  • Music players must be used with headphones or played at a level not audible to the neighbouring campsite.
  • The camp is expected to be quiet between 9:30 pm and 6:30 am.
  • Vehicles and trailers must not be left on adjoining sites. A $25 fee will be charged if trailers or vehicles need to be removed.
  • Day visitors must leave their vehicles in the car park by the café and walk to the campground.
  • In periods of heavy rainfall the campsite is prone to flooding and you may be asked to evacuate. A flood warning system is in place.


Waitohi / Picton Office
Phone:   +64 3 520 3002
Address:   Port Marlborough Building
14 Auckland Street
Picton 7220
Full office details
Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Full office details
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