View of campers at Pelorus Bridge (Kahikatea Flat) Campground

Image: Peter Brady | DOC


Camp on the banks of the Te Hoiere/Pelorus River amongst towering kahikatea, beech and rimu trees. Walk, swim, fish, kayak and relax.


Campsite overview


  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan


  • Forest
  • Rivers and lakes


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Cookers/electric stove
  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Phone
  • Powered sites
  • Shelter for cooking
  • Shop
  • Shower - hot
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - treated, suitable for drinking
  • Wheelchair accessible
40 non-powered/tent sites
14 powered sites


  • Fishing
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

  • 26 December – 4 January: Minimum 3 night stay.
  • 1 December – 10 February: Minimum fee per site is two adults for up to the first two people regardless of age.

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

Facilities and services

  • Hot showers for campers only
  • Wheelchair accessible kitchen, shower and toilet block.
  • Communal kitchen with gas stoves. Bring your own chilly bin, BBQ, pots, pans, crockery and cutlery.
  • Clothes washer and dryer.
  • Public card phone onsite. Mobile phone coverage highly variable.
  • Cafe and shop onsite open daily for coffee, homemade pies and baking, ice creams, ice, milk and bread and some camping essentials.

These maps detail specific parts of the campground:

Getting there


5949 State Highway 6.

The camp office for check-in's is located beside the cafe. Next to the cafe is a short, unsealed, well-formed, narrow road to the campsite.

Where it is from Nelson and Blenheim

On SH6, 54 km from Nelson and 60 km from Blenheim.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1647698, N5427996


  • Adult (18+ years): $20 per night
  • Child (5 – 17 years): $10 per night
  • Infant (0 – 4 years): free
  • From 1 December – 10 February there is a minimum fee per site of two adults.
  • Credit/bank card payment is available on-site if you arrive without a prior booking. There would need to be space to accommodate you.


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

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.


2020/2021 bookings

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

Bookings for stays from 1 December 2020 to 30 June 2021 will open on Wednesday 23 September 2020 at 9:30 am (changed from 17 September 2020).

You'll need an account on our booking system for campsites, huts and lodges to make a booking.

Bookings are required all year. Book well in advance for the peak period from 1 December – 28 February and for public holiday weekends. There is a minimum three-night stay from 26 December to 4 January.

Book Pelorus Bridge Campground online.

A $10 service fee applies to phone and in person booking. This is a limited service, and we recommend booking online first if you can. Phone and in person booking is not available within 48 hours of when bookings open for a new season.

You can only make phone and in-person bookings with the Nelson Visitor Centre, phone +64 3 546 8210.

Email bookings are not available for this campsite.


Walking and tramping

Several short walks start from the campsite: Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve walking tracks

Know before you go

We aim to provide a traditional New Zealand camping experience. Te ensure you and other campers enjoy your stay, be considerate of others and be aware of the rules below.

  • All campers must report to the office on arrival.
  • No pets, (cats, dogs, birds).
  • Site allocation is at the discretion of the camp managers who will inform you of your site allocation.
  • Office hours 8:00 am to 8:00 pm from Labour Weekend to Easter, and to 6:00 pm between Easter and Labour Weekend. If you plan to arrive outside these hours you must contact the office first.
  • All groups must include a responsible adult 18 years or over.
  • All caravans and campervans that require power must have a current Electrical Warrant of Fitness (WOF) which will be checked on arrival. If your Electrical WOF is not current you won’t be allowed to connect to power.
  • No fires, chainsaws, generators or compressors under any circumstance.
  • Unacceptable conduct (eg, nudity, violence, excessive noise) and/or behavior deemed to be publicly offensive will result in immediate removal of those concerned with no refund given.
  • Music players must be used with headphones or played at a level not audible to the neighbouring campsite.
  • The camp is expected to be quiet between 9:30 pm and 6:30 am.
  • Vehicles and trailers must not be left on adjoining sites. A $25 fee will be charged if trailers or vehicles need to be removed.
  • Day visitors must leave their vehicles in the car park by the café and walk to the campground.
  • In periods of heavy rainfall the campsite is prone to flooding and you may be asked to evacuate. A flood warning system is in place.

Camp manager

For general enquiries only, bookings can only be made online or with the Nelson Visitor Centre. Booking through the visitor centre has a $10 fee.

Pelorus Bridge Campground
Phone: +64 3 571 6019


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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