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Marfells Beach

Last Modified: 23-8-2017 15:53

Marfells Beach
Marfells Beach

Marfells Beach is a DOC reserve and campsite in Clifford Bay in south Marlborough near Lake Grassmere. Marfells Beach is accessible via Marfells Beach Road off SH1. 

Basic camping facilities are provided with water on tap and cold showers. An extensive coastal reserve offers opportunties for recreational activities. The beach is mostly sandy, but the intertidal zone is rocky. The area tends to be windswept, an is not ideal as a swimming beach, however offers opportunities for walking, with the possibility to follow the shoreline to Cape Cambell, particularly at low tide. Prior to the November 2016 Kaikoura earthquake, access to Cape Campbell required careful timing to coincide with low tide, but since the earthquake, significant uplift has make the beach walk less dependent on the tides, however it still is prudent to check weather conditions. 

From the campsite to Musell Point is about 2km, and is accessible under most conditions, and about a further 4km to Cape Campbell. Opportunities exist to observe shore birds, and on occasion, NZ fur seals.

 

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