Would not stay again.
We were traveling in high season and were not surprised that the camp was crowded; this was to be expected. Even so, we stayed in other camps on our journey and none matched this one for noise levels.
We were assigned a tent site in a lawn in front of the on-site backpackers' lodge. The backpackers blasted music until near midnight; the other tenters were inconsiderate of their fellow campers and were laughing and drinking until late hours. There did not seem to be any statement/enforcement of rules regarding noise. In fairness, when I asked those around us to keep the noise down, given the increasingly late hour, they did cooperate. But I didn't feel that it should have been my job to ask my fellow campers to be more respectful.
We found the bathroom facilities to be quite dirty, even allowing for the high volume of users; certainly, they were dirtier than any of the other holiday parks/camps we visited during the high season.
The price of this camp was similar to other holiday camps that hold themselves (and their guests) to higher standards.
We elected to camp here because of its proximity to the Abel Tasman and appreciate that they found a spot for us in the high season. But, if we had to do it again, we'd drive a further distance to stay at a better-run holiday park or DoC campsite.
Do not recommend.
- Also Known As:
- Marahau Beach Camp Nelson-Tasman