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Old MacDonalds Farm Holiday Park (#6081)
Old MacDonalds Farm Holiday Park (#6081)

The Top of the South Part 1: Nelson-Tasman

Renowned for it’s natural landscape - a unique combination of coastal and alpine - experience the spectacular Nelson Tasman Region.

The ‘Top of the South’ on the west side of the country, boasts three of New Zealand’s national parks including Abel Tasman, one of the smallest and most iconic. With a variety of lakes, reserves, mountains, rivers, native bush, and picturesque beaches, enjoy a range of walking & cycling in amongst nature.

Arrive by Ferry into Picton or drive up from the south to immerse yourself into everything this region has to offer. It’s perfect for swimming, sailing, boating, fishing, or tramping (including the Heaphy Track - one of New Zealand’s nine ‘great walks’).

As a true foodie destination there’s a range of craft breweries, boutique wineries, and incredible cuisine. Also a thriving local arts and craft scene with potters, glass blowers and woodcarvers.

We'll be featuring all Campsaver Campgrounds by region over time, keep an eye out for further articles, including next week’s Hauraki/Coromandel! For more information about the Campsaver Program, click here.

Tile image of Cable Bay Holiday Park (#6189)

Nelson/Tasman Campsaver Campgrounds

Pakawau Beach Park (CWO, #6003)

1112 Collingwood-Puponga Main Rd, Pakawau, Collingwood

Pakawau Beach Park is found at the northern end of Golden Bay and so near the beach that you can hear the waves at night. A classic Kiwi camp with clean and reliable facilities. The onsite store has an off Licence and fuel. Attractive rates for those wanting to winter over for a longer period.

“Stayed right on the water and it was magic, nice big sites. Great hosts, shop and fuel onsite. Will be back for sure!” - Chelsea

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Old Macdonald’s Farm Holiday Park (CWO, #6081)

51 Harvey Rd, Marahau

Old Macdonald’s Farm Holiday Park is owned, built & operated by the Macdonald family for 25+ years. Located on a spacious farm setting alongside the Marahau river & 400 metres from the Abel Tasman National Park. There is WIFI, secure car parking, affordable camping, river swimming, bookings & information.

“What a fabulous place for families, with the farm animals, walks, creek running through” - Rick

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The Barn (CWO, #6082)

14 Harvey Rd, Marahau, Motueka

The campground makes good on its promise as the best location to launch into the Abel Tasman with the track entrance just a hundred meters away. Experience the magic of winter with amazing night skies and the Abel Tasman virtually all to yourself. With three cooking areas, hot showers, kid’s playground, movie room, laundry, indoor and outdoor wood fireplaces come experience one of NZ's iconic campgrounds.

“Very quiet, lots of space, showers free and clean…Good value for money, will be back” - Barbara

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Marahau Beach Camp (CDS, #6084)

9 Franklin St, Marahau

Marahau Beach Camp is just a few steps from the gorgeous Marahau beaches and the departure point for trips into the Abel Tasman National Park. Make a booking at the Abel Tasman Centre for the campground, Water Taxi and Sea Kayaks, with a waterfront cafe and beer garden next door. Enjoy short walks or long hikes on the Coastal Track, with DOC campsites and huts for those on multi-day hikes.

“10/10 A great camp, one of the best camps we have stayed at. Facilities excellent!!!!!!!” - Sue & Laurie

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Bethany Park Holiday Park (CDS, #6096)

88 Martin Farm Rd, Kaiteriteri

Nestled at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, within walking distance of the golden sands of Kaiteriteri Beach, Bethany Park  is situated in a favourite holiday spot for generations of Kiwis. Neighbouring the Abel Tasman National Park, explore what nature has to offer or see the nearby galleries, cafes, and vineyards for some of the region’s excellent wines.

“Peaceful and quiet, spotless facilities and within walking distance of shop, cafe, restaurant, bike park and beach. Best of all, we were allowed to bring our dog.” - Barbara

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Cable Bay Holiday Park (CWO, #6189)

800 Cable Bay Rd, Cable Bay, Nelson

‘Cable Bay’ is notoriously named after the communication cable that connected NZ to the rest of the world and this Holiday Park is just a stones through away from the picturesque beach where a unique sandbar divides the ocean. It’s the perfect place for adventurers with amazing activities - the skywire, Quad bike tours, Paintball, archery park, mountain biking and tennis. Reconnect with nature and experience the cable bay scenic walkway.

“Great spot, extremely clean and super tidy...It's an absolute pleasure to park up in this Camp” - Stew

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Greenwood Park (CWO, #6222)

442 Appleby Hwy, Richmond

Only 10 min from Richmond township is Greenwood Park, with an on-site convenience store open 7-days, boasting a full range of tip-top, renowned for its real fruit ice-cream with barista coffee, sandwiches and hot food available. Check out the nearby wineries, Hoglund Art Glass Gallery, make Greenwood your base for the Tasman Great Taste Cycle Trail or take a worthwhile day trip to Rabbit Island. In proximity to a golf course and the top of the south speedway. Guests can also enjoy free unlimited Wi-Fi during their stay.

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Havelock Holiday Park (CDS, 6883)

24 Inglis St, Havelock

Conveniently located off the main street of Havelock, make full use of the laundry, BBQ area, children’s playground, trampoline, petanque, tennis courts, outdoor gym and skate park. Treat Havelock as your travel hub and access walking & biking tracks, cruise stunning waterways and experience fantastic cuisine (including the famous Greenshell Mussels) - if that’s not enough, we can book you on a Wine Tour around the large selection of wineries.

"A great spot to park up. Short walk to the shops (including The Mussel Pot!!) Or Marina for the Mail boat cruise." - Paul

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Pinedale Motor Camp (CWO, #6895)

820 Wakamarina Rd, Havelock

These five words describe it perfectly- ‘idyllic spot near a river’ with attractions such as a natural spring (drinkable) and a glow-worm grotto. Large, park-like grounds with walking and bike tracks make it ideal for motorhomers with kids. And did we mention that you can go gold-panning as well with equipment you can hire from the camp hosts?

“Awesome place to get away and relax. Awesome meals available for purchase on site too.” - Garth

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