Walk The Beaches

The east coast of the South Island provides some of the most windswept and rugged beachscapes in New Zealand, and none are more breathtaking than the coastal areas around Seddon. Situated close to Seddon, Marfells Beach and Cape Campbell offer both picturesque views and the opportunity to catch some superb kaimoana! (Seafood).


Marfells Beach has provided an amazing camping and recreation area since 1925, when Awatere Resident Edward Marfell gifted this stretch of coastline to the public.


The camp-ground provides a great place for a picnic, or for extended stays. The abundance of rock lobster, scampi and octopus means it is a day-trippers paradise, and fishing from long-line or boat is permitted.


Public facilities included at the Marfell Beach camp-site area are boat launching access, water and toilet facilities including cold showers, and camper-van and tent facilities. Camping on this striking piece of coastline is on a first come, first served basis, and a list of fees for staying here can be viewed at the Department of Conservation website.


From the camp-site begins the Marfells beach / Cape-Campbell route. Following the beach eastwards, this walk takes you to Cape Campbell, the southernmost point of the Cook Strait. The unmarked track should take an experienced walker half a day, but plan accordingly for tides, as access can be blocked by high tide.


1. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/marlborough/places/marfells-beach-area/things-to-do/campsites/marfells-beach-campsite/