Harvey Bay Campsite

Image: Laura Honey | DOC


A large, flat, sheltered camping area that makes a great base for exploring Tennyson Inlet and the nearby area by boat, on foot or by mountain bike.

Campsite overview


  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan


  • Coastal


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


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


  • Boating
  • Mountain biking
  • Picnicking
  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

Getting there

Turn off SH6 north of Rai Valley onto Ronga Road, right onto Opouri Road/Tennyson Inlet Road, follow this for 27 km over the Opouri Saddle to the campsite on the left.

Access is on a sealed road which is steep, winding and narrow and not suitable for light towing vehicles. Boat access: 2 km from Duncan Bay.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1662194, N5447290
Latitude: -41.11878867, Longitude: 173.74322209


  • 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.

The campsite pass for rental campervans cannot be used at this campsite.

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.


The Nydia Track start is only 3km away in Duncan Bay. 

There are boat launching ramps and picnic areas in Duncan and Penzance Bays.

Know before you go

Camp rules

  • All groups must include a responsible adult 18+.
  • No fires at all times.
  • Quiet hours are from 9.30 pm – 6.30 am.
  • Generators allowed from 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm only.
  • Music players must be used with headphones or played at a level not audible to neighbouring campsites.


Whakatū / Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Postal Address:   Private Bag 5
Nelson 7042
Waitohi / Picton Office
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Email:   picton@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Port Marlborough Building
14 Auckland Street
Picton 7220
Postal Address:   PO Box 161
Picton 7250
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