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Argyle Pond Camping

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Argyle Pond camp area is a 3 minute drive up to the power house opposite the power house there is a uphill climb. Big open space with plenty of room to camp at Argyle Pond, nice and quiet.

Quick Facts

        • Location: South Island, Nelson lakes
        • Distance: 0 km
        • Time needed: 0 Hour
        • Difficulty: Very Easy
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: One Way
        • Elevation: 350m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: No
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: No
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    Good views of the Richmond range.

  • Track Quality

    Dirt road from the top of the dam. You get to drive along the top of the dam.

  • Hazards


  • Transport

    Busses do run from Blenheim to St Arnaud

  • Water

    Tap water at the toilet block

  • Driving Instructions

    Drive 67Km south from Blenheim to St Arnaud, Lake Rotoiti. Turn left at Argyle Pond sign.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    67Km to Blenheim or 36 km to St Arnaud

  • Area & Track History

    There are 5 hydropower stations along the 140km long Wairau river. In March 1983, power generation commenced at Argyle Pond. There is 46km of canal, tail-races, and sedimentation ponds. 415GWh of electricity is generated annually. Surplus power is sent off to Nelson.

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  • Map location of Argyle Pond Camping

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: Argyle pond

Argyle Pond camp area. Drive 3 minutes up to the power house, opposite the power house there is a uphill climb. Drive past the power house on to the dirt road and then drive along the top of the dam and out to the camp spot another 3 minutes. The toilets and water are in the middle of the camp area, no fire wood.

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Argyle Pond, Marlborough 7271, New Zealand

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