This grassy, flat camping area was once a gold mining area and is great for picnicking or swimming. You'll also find walking and mountain biking opportunities nearby.

Campsite overview


  • Campervan
  • Car


  • Rivers and lakes


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
20 non-powered/tent sites


  • Mountain biking
  • Picnicking
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact the relevant DOC office to obtain a permit.

About this campsite

Picnic, swim or fish in the Wakamarina River and walk or mountain bike on the nearby Doom or Wakamarina Tracks.

There are high, unfenced cliffs at this campsite, so children need to be supervised. Toilets are wheelchair accessible, with assistance.

Getting there

Turn off SH 6 into Wakamarina Road at Canvastown and follow 15 km to end.

Access is via a narrow, winding gravel road with a ford near the campsite. Large campervans need to use caution.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1649697, N5419298
Latitude: -41.37630294, Longitude: 173.59430828


  • 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.


The DOC/NZMCA Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite.

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.

Know before you go


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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