Keneperu Head Campsite

Image: Shellie Evans | ©


Picturesque setting and a great base for a range of activities, including boating, fishing, walking and mountain biking on the nearby Queen Charlotte Track.


Campsite overview


  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan


  • Coastal


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Shelter for cooking
  • Shower - cold
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
  • Wheelchair accessible with assistance
25 non-powered/tent sites


  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Mountain biking
  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

NZMCA/DOC Pass not valid between 20 December and the day after Waitangi weekend.

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

Camp rules

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

Getting there

Turn off Queen Charlotte Drive at Linkwater into Kenepuru Road and follow for 40 km to Kenepuru Head. Sealed, narrow and winding road.

The closest boat launching is at Sandy Bay, 2.5 kms before the camp travelling from Portage.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1693687, N5441491
Latitude: -41.17382446, Longitude: 174.1180851


From 1 May to Thursday before Labour weekend:

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

From Friday of Labour weekend to 31 April:

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


  • Online year round when you make a booking.
  • Cash – bring the correct amount as we cannot give change.
  • Sounds Campground Passes, pre-purchased through i-SITEs.
  • Credit card / eftpos when host is present, usually November to March.


Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.

The DOC/NZMCA Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite except between the Friday before Christmas and the end of Waitangi weekend. In 2020/2021, this is 18 December 2020 to 9 February 2021.

To pay with your NZMCA pass, create/update your account on our booking system. Under 'Apply for a discount', select 'NZMCA Pass Holder' and upload a scan of your pass. Once we've verified your pass, it will be automatically applied when you make a booking.


2020/2021 bookings

Bookings are open for stays from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

Book Kenepuru Head Campsite online.

Take your booking confirmation letter with you and display it clearly at your campsite at all times – the camp host requires proof of booking/payment from all visitors.

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.


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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