Marfells Beach Campsite

Image: DOC


Camp within your own touch of paradise next to the sea. Enjoy the stunning wildlife and magnificent scenery.

Campsite overview


  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan


  • Coastal


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Boat launching
  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Shower - cold
  • Toilets - flush
  • Water from tap
  • Wheelchair accessible
60 non-powered/tent sites


  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

1 December – 23 April:

  • Maximum stay 14 days (7 day break before returning).
  • Unattended caravans/vans/tents are charged at 2 adults per night.
  • Maximum of 3 nights unattended – vehicles/tents will be removed off site on fourth day.
  • Respect others and keep your occupied site to a minimum (80–100m2 max). Boats/trailers may be parked separately – ask camp host for details.

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

Getting there

On SH1 40 km south of Blenheim, 13 km north of Ward, look out for the blue and yellow roadside signage indicating Marfells Beach Campsite. Follow Marfells Beach Road on the south side of Lake Grassmere for approximately 8 km to the end. 


NZTM2000: E1700179, N5380002
Latitude: -41.72547831, Longitude: 174.20446054


  • Adult (18+ years): $8 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $4 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free

Pay cash on arrival at the self-registration stand at the campsite.

Eftpos facilities are available during the camp’s peak season between October and April each year.


The campsite pass for rental campervans can be used at this campsite.

The DOC/NZMCA Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite except between 20 December and the end of Waitangi weekend.

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.


Walking and tramping

The Marfells Beach/Camp Campbell Route starts from the campsite.

Know before you go

Fires not permitted at any time.

Be aware of the fishing regulations in this area. See Ministry of Primary Industries website.

No dogs allowed within camp. 

Water should be boiled or treated before drinking. 


Kaikoura i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
Phone:   +64 3 319 5641
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   West End
Kaikoura 7300
Postal Address:  
Wairau / Renwick Office
Phone:   +64 3 572 9100
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Gee Street
Marlborough 7204
Postal Address:   PO Box 51
Marlborough 7243
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