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4 Winter 2023

The Store cafe and camp – Kekerungu (Marlborough), Stop and Stay

Marty Ireland

This Marlborough, east sea coast, little camp, 45 min south of Blenheim, and 45 min north of Kaikoura, had a humble beginning with campers allowed, but out of sight of the store, for no charge but no facilities. However in recent years a purpose-converted container was installed, with paid showers (including a disability shower), toilets with hot water at the basin and a paid laundry; and there is one emergency power point near the ablution block for anyone desperate for a charge-up.


It has become a popular stopping point with a modest charge of $14 pp. It’s a wee gem to stop and chill out at, even on short notice.



The sites are varied — right beside the sea, some with the a BBQ table or rustic seats, some under trees, some in spots hidden away among trees and some on clear grass. One important consideration is its proximity to the active (fenced off) railway line.



Both the camp and the store are dog-friendly.


The Store is open all day and boasts good coffee, a great food selection, sea views, a cosy fire (in season) and local artisan products.


While you can book in at the shop they prefer you do it online but be aware it’s a bit confusing and check your receipt.


Walk the beach, surf the break, drive or bike up the valleys behind for mountain and sea views, or for a treat, visit the nearby eatery and crayfish store.


The Store

5748 SH1

Kekerengu


03 575 8600

thestore.kiwi


Stop and Stay

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10/12/23

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