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.
- 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