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“Kiwi Cottage is good value” 5 of 5 stars
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3.5 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   487 Totara St | P O Box 446, Taumarunui 3946, New Zealand   |  
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St Arnaud, Australia
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“Kiwi Cottage is good value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

I stayed at this Holiday Park the night before tackling the Forgotten World Highway, and I am very pleased to have stayed there. I wanted room to spread out so booked the Kiwi Cottage which could have slept about 8 people, it had a full kitchen with all the pots, pans, crockery etc you would ever need, and a big bathroom with a BATH. It was decorated in bright red and green, withbright bold curtains, although some of the furnishings were getting a little frayed around the edges. The cottage smelled musty when I first walked in but I think no-one had been in it for a while. My bedroom had a comfy double bed with electric blanket (much appreciated on a cold night) and bed lamps to read by. The laundry was right round the corner and with cheap washer & dryer I was able to catch up with my household chores. Phil & Helene were very friendly and accommodating, and their dog, the lovely but very solemn Des, a delight as he stood on the doorstep gravely accepting all food offerings, but never stepped over the threshold. The pig Julia was cute too. Lovely setting on the banks of a mighty river, probably a great place for a paddle or swim in summer. The park is about 3-4km from the town and very peaceful, and the town was well provided for with cafes, a wonderful library and a vibrant feel, as well as a McDonald if you are into that! I would definitely go back again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

We cannot recommend this holiday park highly enough. We were a family of 3 adults, 2 children and one baby. We stayed in the cabins one night and the cottage the next. The facilities were excellent with Phil & Helene (owners) providing cooking pots and utensils, crockery and even kitchen linen and detergent to use in the community kitchen. The kitchen and ablution blocks were meticulously clean. The beds in the cabins and the cottage really comfortable. Helene offered us the use of her herbal garden and fruit and meeting their pet animals - Julia the Kunekune, Willie the goat and Desmond the Dog which just added to the thrill of staying there for our children. A beautiful location beside the river and bush and very handy to all the tourist spots.. We will return. .

Room Tip: This Holiday Park is very safe for children. Road and train noise was very minimal and of no concer...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

We stayed at this campsite for one night in a tent and onother one in a cabin.
Cabins are basic and very clean.
The Staff was very pleasant and very helpful.
Showers and toilets were basic and clean.
The kitchen was ok even if not very big.
A really appreciate the cherry tomatoes produced in the campsite for all the guests (for free).The also sell fresh eggs
The price of cabin is correct .

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

We stayed one night here in our campervan, after walking the Tongario Crossing. The owners are so friendly and offered us their vege garden beside the kitchen, so we could create a fresh salad. Everything is extremely clean. There are lovely trees, and the park is beside an awesome river, which I strongly recommend swimming in, has its own rock slide/whirl pool.
I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

It is hard to say what it is that makes this place so appealing. I am not usually a big fan of camp grounds but this place nails it. The cabins are clean and cosy, the setting wonderful, the hosts welcoming and the ambience bucolic heaven. I have stayed here three times and will return again.

Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

excellent hosts, they made our first camping experience a great one, couldn't be more helpful, very clean and tidy, .they even gave us an airbed to use for our tent.well done on a top job. great place for little ones too with hens and a baby goat a very friendly dog and a very big pig,

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Taupo, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Our cabin exceeded expectations.. clean white crisp linen, mugs, plates, cutlery with a mirror and easy to read by lights. The park is beautifully kept with herbs for guest use growing at the kitchen door. The bathrooms, kitchen and toilets are lept very clean. The mature trees, birds, and freindly hosts made our 3 day stay just perfect. Taumarunui for New Year - an inspired choice.

Room Tip: A 4 berth cabin for 2 gave us good space as we were staying 3 nights.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Taumarunui Holiday Park

Address: 487 Totara St | P O Box 446, Taumarunui 3946, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Taumarunui
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Taumarunui
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Taumarunui Holiday Park 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
4km south of Taumarunui, situated beside the mighty Whanganui River and bordered by a native bush reserve, this is where your Ruapehu District adventure starts! An ideal base for fishing the many local rivers and kayaking the Whanganui River, the start/finish point for the renowned Forgotten World Highway, and only 35 mins north of Tongariro National Park and Whakapapa Ski Field. ... more   less 

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