Whatamango Bay Campsite

Image: DOC


Camp beside the beach and go fishing, walking or boating from here.

Campsite overview


  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan


  • Coastal


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


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


  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • 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

No dogs

About this campsite


  • Water is from a stream – you may wish to boil, treat or filter before use.
  • No rubbish facilities are provided – take all rubbish with you when you leave.

Part of the riverbank is eroded and visitors should not camp close to any taped off areas. 

Getting there

From Picton head east past Waikawa on Port Underwood Rd for 10 km to Whatamango Bay.

Sealed, narrow, winding road to camp entrance.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1690087, N5430793
Latitude: -41.27033398, Longitude: 174.07538874


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

The camp manager will check for payments daily.

Register and pay at the self-registration kiosk on arrival. Confirmation of online booking, cash or valid camp passes are accepted.

EFTPOS is only available between December and March.


The campsite pass for rental campervans cannot 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.


Bookings are recommended but not essential.

Book Whatamango Bay Campsite online, or contact Whakatū/Nelson Visitor Centre.

  • Individual sites can't be booked and are available on a first-come, first-served on arrival – no special requests can be catered for at this campsite.
  • 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.

2019/2020 bookings

Bookings for the period 1 December 2019 to 30 June 2020 open 9 am Wednesday 4 September 2019.


Fish, walk or go boating from here. 

Know before you go

Camp rules

  • All groups must include a responsible adult 18+.
  • Quiet hours are from 9:30 pm – 6:30 am.
  • Music players must be used with headphones or played at a level not audible to neighbouring campsites.
  • No chainsaws, generators or compressors allowed.


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
Phone:   +64 3 520 3002
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
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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