While the camp facilities are well maintained a stay here is often spoilt by an overzealous camp manager who has no idea about how to talk to people. While it is necessary to have rules to ensure that the campers do not interfere with other peoples' use of the camp facilities, the rigid application of these rules, whatever the situation, and the manner in which people are censured for breaking the rules leaves a bad taste in many campers' mouths. The camp may be half full but park your vehicle on a vacant site and wait for all hell to break loose. Fail to have your vehicle out of the camp grounds a few minutes after checkout time on your departure day and get threatened with being charged an extra days' fees. Understandable perhaps if new campers are fighting to get in the place but when the camp is less than half full, you have vacated your site, and are just saying goodbye to relatives staying on, it seems a little over the top and unnecessary.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Waterfront sites with beach view, powered sites suitable for campervans and caravans, tent sites and backpacker cabins. Family orientated camp ground, open all year. 2 minutes off State Highway 1 travelling North, 1.5 hours North of Auckland, 30 minutes south of Whangarei. Hot showers, kitchens, washing machines, dryers, internet, tennis court, playground. Safe swimming both in estuary and beach. ... more less