Two large sheltered areas with a scattering of trees, you can see and hear the
beach, but unfortunately stop banks means you can't see it. The northern end
of the camp boasts a new toilet block, with a unisex shower that doubles as
a disability unit. There is also a solar shower room available, complete with
rope and pulley. On the southern side of the camp, is a basic but clean block
of toilets and a dump point, water is also available but as it is gravity fed it takes
a while to fill a tank. There are wood BBQs, a tennis court, children's play
area and rubbish collection. You can bring pets but to the southern side of
the camp only please. Tent sites are $5 per adult, or with power $15 for two adults, and $5 for each extra adult, while children are $2. An honesty box and
self-regulation system is in place.
At the top of the Tahora Saddle is a camp ground with fantastic views to the
Central Plateau including Mount Ruapehu. Use the camp as base to explore
the historic trails of the Forgotten World Highway. The campground has no
powered sites but is in a lovely bush setting with simple facilities of a long drop
toilet (with a view!) and a BBQ kitchen. Up near the house there are hard
standing powered sites and a high quality bathroom with hot shower which
can also be used by those camping on the lower area. of the campground.
There is a new outdoor covered kitchen. Your friendly hosts are Rob and
Annie. Unpowered sites are $12 per person, powered hardstand van sites, $25
for 2 people. Excellent rest point for cyclists. Please cash only.
Bethshan is situated right on the beachfront at Algies Bay, approx 1 hour north
of Auckland. To get there take State Highway 1 to Warkworth through to
Snells Beach and continue on the main road to Algies Bay. Look for the
camping sign. Turn left into Alexander Road then right at the bottom of the
hill into Willjames Ave. Bethshan is the end of the Willjames on the lefthand
side. Wrapped in beautiful native bush, it encourages a variety of native birds.
Cooking for tenters is by way of modern barbecues. The ablution block is
modern and clean and showers are free, as is use of the internet, laundry,
kayaks dingies and sailboats. Get away from it all and experience fishing and
boating. There are 16 sites with power $20 per adult per night and children
under 14 years are $10 per night. Your friendly hosts are Evan and Shirley
This Holiday Park is permanently closed.
Right next to a Medical Centre on Kerikeri Road 350m from town centre,
entry down the palm lined driveway has been greatly improved to facilitate
easy access to the garden camping on lawns (2 sites have power and taps). The
grounds have a fenced swimming pool with water slide and mature trees. This
is a quiet and family orientated camp. The toilet/shower suites are handy and
all spic and span. An all-purpose room has cooking facilities, TV, fridge/freezer
and laundry equipment. There is a free BBQ or try the local eateries. Your
hosts are Heather and Arthur. All sites are from $40 for two people. Shower
Mawley Park, at the northern end of Masterton, occupies an attractive location
on the banks of the Waipoua River (with good swimming holes). The 15 acre,
sheltered grounds are tidy with large trees and plenty of space for the 200
or so tent sites and 54 powered sites. A BBQ shelter has cooking facillities.
The camping areas are grouped in separate sections with sealed road access
and brand new unisex individual ablutions serving each area (these include
disabled access facilities). The park has had a major refurbishment with a lot
of thought been put into what makes a place nice. There’s a large dining hall
with highchairs, a TV and a separate comfortable and modern TV lounge. The
kitchen has gas hobs and is very modern and well equipped. A supermarket
is nearby and QE11 Park is across the road for the kids, whilst there are also a
few small pieces of play equipment to keep the kids amused onsite. A DVD
Library and local information is available at the office. Free washing machines
and $2 dryer are part of the laundry. A dump station is provided. Powered sites $38 for 2, unpowered $36 for 2. Your friendly and enthusiastic hosts are
Rodney and Jelena Algie.
Omana has an extensive area for camping just above the beach, which is
reached through an appealing picnic park that has tables and BBQ’s, and a
purpose built campfire site. There are taps, one outdoor cold shower and
toilets with wheelchair access. Sites are $13 for adults and $6 for children.
There is a designated area in the car park for self-contained vehicles at $6 and
$6 for adults and children respectively. Annual passes are available. Rubbish
bins are provided for campers only.
On a pleasant, slightly elevated site this camp is across the road from the
beach. There is a vista of sand dunes and sparkling water from most parts of
the camp. The kitchen has microwave, gas hot plate cooking, 3 fridge/freezers
and opens to a recently extended covered dining deck with a large macrocapa
topped table. The BBQ is free and there is plenty of seating. The ablutions
are positioned at either end of the building and are in a tidy condition. There
is also a children’s play area. Goats around the camp are keeping the grass on
the banks down. Jenny and Harry Barlow are your hosts. Tent sites are $18
per person and with power $20.
In the heart of tui country (the bird and the beer!) this un-crowded camp is
located on the southern edge of Pahiatua township beside two hectares of
native bush. Sheltered by a high macrocarpa hedge, the grounds are beautifully
kept, with open sites of a generous size, some with large shade trees. The
ablutions and kitchen are basic, but lovely and clean. The kitchen has a stock
of pots, crockery and cutlery and the separate dining area is surrounded by
glass sliding doors and outdoor seating. There is a TV lounge also. On a patio
outside the kitchen you will find an automatic washing machine and dryer and
a dump station is provided. There is a BBQ for campers and a children’s play area.
Pets are okay by arrangement only. 18 sites have power and are $25
for two adults, $10 for each extra adult. Tent sites are $10 per adult with
children half price and under 5’s free. Your on-site host is Karolyn. Prices
subject to change.
A family park on a grand scale, this camp has 400 sites, a well-stocked dairy
and is only a 500m stroll to the beach. Bordered by a wetland reserve with
walking tracks to the beach and picnic reserve, the wildlife park, flying fox,
adrenalin forest and orienteering will help fill your holiday days. The grounds
have many large shady trees and BBQs are scattered throughout the three
camping areas. Each area has its own ablution block, some may be closed out
of season. A well-appointed clean kitchen has good appliances. The modern
TV/dining room is carpeted and has comfy chairs. The tiled ablutions are light and airy and include a bath and disability toilets. There is a covered BBQ area,
mini golf, and tennis courts. The children can enjoy an excellent playground.
Eftpos and internet access are available. Powered sites from $32 for two
adults, non-powered sites from $30 for two adults and group rates available.
On the historic Forgotten World Highway between Stratford and Taumarunui, some 43 km inland of Stratford, is this outdoor adventure centre sited on what was an old forestry camp. The camp is open for casual travellers depending on whether there are school parties in residence, so it is wise to phone ahead and check availability. Camping is in a wooded setting with a cluster of prime sites near the road, including 16 with power. A modern amenities building has a commercial kitchen, dining hall, lounge and laundry. Laundry costs $5 per day. Two blocks of good ablutions are provided. Your hosts are Michelle and Jamie. Prices are per person, tent and unpowered camper van $12. Eftpos facility on site NO VISA Facilities include free BBQ, laundry, obstacle course, flying fox, wet slide and firepit.
Present rates per person per night are:
$13 per person per night
$16 per person per night
Educational Groups – Schools
$20 per person per night
Educational Groups – Community Youth
$20 per person per night
$25 per person per night
Casual Users – Cottage/TET Block
$30 per person per night, minimum charge $100 per night.
An 8 km drive through coastal dairy country from SHwy 3 at Waverly leads to
this pleasant rustic camp just over the dunes from the beach. Local attractions nearby are ‘Cave Rock’ and fishing. The 28 powered sites are on a grassy paddock edged with flaxes, leaving plenty of room for tents. To the rear of the camp is a great playground for the kids. The main building includes a
serviceable kitchen and a simple recreation/dining hall and there are outdoor wood BBQs. The older-style ablutions are tidy and kept locked when there are no guests.
The code to access facilities can be obtained from the Waverley LibraryPlus office 9 - 5 Monday to Friday and Saturdays 9.30am - 12pm where camp fees are also paid. $15 per night per powered site or $10 for tents (this covers 2 adults and 2 children on a site).
Turn off SHwy 4, just south of Owhango, into Oio Road. Part of the road is
winding and unsealed. This is a large, grassy site beside the Whanganui River.
Toilets, cold water tap and BBQ are provided.
Number of tent sites - 36. This is a large, flat, grassy site beside the river, and a good starting or mid point stop if undertaking the River Journey. There is a 10 bunk bunkroom and boat access nearby the campsite.