View from Kerr Bay Campsite, Nelson Lakes

Image: Adam Eason | Creative Commons


Kerr Bay Campsite is next to Lake Rotoiti, surrounded by beech forest, with a boat launching ramp nearby.


Campsite overview


  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan


  • Forest
  • Rivers and lakes


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Boat launching
  • Cookers/electric stove
  • Dump station
  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Powered sites
  • Shelter for cooking
  • Shower - hot
  • Toilets - flush
  • Water from tap - treated, suitable for drinking
  • Wheelchair accessible
13 non-powered/tent sites
10 powered sites


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Mountain biking
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

Kerr Bay Campsite is 500 m from the St Arnaud village shop. 

The campground is open all year around. During the summer months bookings are essential. Bookings are not available during the winter. 

Campsite zones

There are five camping zones, each with varying numbers of sites: Bellbird, Fantail, Robin and Tui zones have powered sites with hardened surfaces, while the grassy Kaka zone is more suitable for tents. Kiwi sites are suitable for campervans/caravans and provide a gravel surface with some grass around the sites.

Facilities and services

A day shelter provides kitchen and cooking facilities (no pots, pans, cutlery etc).

The ablution block has hot showers (token operated), toilets, full access shower/toilet and washing machine and clothes dryer.

There is a sewage dump station opposite the cooking shelter.

Getting there

The campsite is located beside Lake Rotoiti, Kerr Bay just off SH63 on Kerr Bay Road. The site is not suitable for vehicles greater than 7 m in length.

The campsite is near the St Arnaud township, which is 1 hour 30 minutes by road from Nelson or Blenheim.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1587370, N5371777
Latitude: -41.80577, Longitude: 172.84795


Non-powered site

  • Adult (18+ years): $20 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $10 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free

Powered site

  • Adult (18+ years): $23 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $11.50 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free
Additional fees

Tokens required for showers: $1 each


Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.

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


2020/2021 bookings

Bookings will open at 9:30 am on Wednesday 1 July 2020, for stays from 7 December 2020 to 30 April 2021.

You'll need an account on our booking system for campsites, huts and lodges to make a booking - create an account from Tuesday 23 June 2020.

Bookings are required mid-December to 30 April. Book well in advance for the Christmas holiday period, classic boat show and powerboat regatta weekends, and Easter.

Book Kerr Bay campsite online

A $10 service fee applies to all phone, email and in-person bookings.

Your booking will be for a site, which will be allocated or selected on arrival.


Services offered at the Visitor Centre include walk and tramping information, maps, hut bookings and tickets, fishing licences and retail sales. Interpretive displays explain the landforms, history and wildlife of the area.

Know before you go

Campsite rules

  • The camp is within Nelson Lakes National Park, park by-laws apply.
  • No domestic pets are allowed.
  • Sites must be vacated by 10 am on the day of departure.
  • Speed limit in the camping areas is 5 km/hr.
  • Excessive noise in the campgrounds after 11 pm will not be tolerated.
  • Keep rubbish to a minimum.
  • No fires.
  • New Zealand Motor Caravan Association Pass not valid here.
  • Jet skis are prohibited.

The management reserves the right to cancel tenancy at any time if park by-laws or these regulations are contravened and under such circumstances will not refund any fees paid in advance.

All drone use must be authorised by DOC

A concession is required to fly a drone on any public conservation land.


Rotoiti / Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 521 1806
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   View Road
St Arnaud
Postal Address:   PO Box 55
St Arnaud 7053
Whakatū / Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Postal Address:   Private Bag 5
Nelson 7042
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