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Whanganui River Top 10 Holiday Park
4.5 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   460 somme Parade, Wanganui 5021, New Zealand   |  
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Christchurch
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Well worth a stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

What a great place to stay. I stayed in a self contained unit. Very clean and comfortable. Certainly had everything I needed. Big grounds which are well cared for. Quiet and tranquil in the evenings with various birdlife (it was great). The hosts were very helpful and friendly. I will definitely be back. It is a place you can relax and unwind in, and lots for the kids to do as well.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Wanganuilover, Owner at Whanganui River Top 10 Holiday Park, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Dear Chris, it was great to have you stay at our park and we hope that you will return in future, specially since you had a very bad experience at another camping ground!!
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

We stayed one night in a kitchen cabin which had a double bed and a bunk (2 beds). The building was a bit dated but it was clean and the heater very effective. It would have been quite cramped if there had been four people in our party.

The camping ground has a nice feel about and we would be happy to stay again. However there were one or two little things that let it down. The mens toilets were out of liquid soap and the lock on the shower was broken.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wanganuilover, Owner at Whanganui River Top 10 Holiday Park, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Thank you for your feedback and please accept our apologies for those little let downs. Your feedback is valuable to help us keep our service at a high standard and we hope that you will stay with us when you cycle in the direction of Wanganui again!
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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

I stayed one night with a friend and one child. It was quiet and a bit out of town centre. The cabin was modern with everything you need except a good clean, there was hair on the bathroom wall and it wasn't mine, it looked like the cleaner had wiped the wall with the last tenants old towel.
They have electric blankets and a heater with lovely bed quilts and clean sheets.Other than that it was suitable for our needs.

It is for sale so may account for the lack of soul, it was feeling a little ghost town like, but it wasnt the high season either (April 2013) and it would have been nice if the pool was more inviting, it had the cover over it the whole time even though there were children staying in the park, they had a sign saying if you want to use the pool you had to take the large cover off yourself and put it back yourself, we didnt as it looked like it had been stagnant for a while and not very inviting.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Wanganuilover, Manager at Whanganui River Top 10 Holiday Park, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Thank you for your review Sonia. Yes, April can sometimes be quiet in the park with the end of the summer season fast approaching and all facilities not being used to their full potential :-(

The cover on the swimming pool is part of our energy saving initiatives and can easily be taken off by using the handle, the request to put it back after use if nobody else is using it is only a friendly request and by no means an instruction - if guests do not want to put it back we have no problem to do it ourselves.
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Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

This is the second time we been camping here. We love coming here. We will probavly make it an annual event. We take our six kids in a tent and relax. Yes we get to relax with six kids. It is a safe environment. Even our teenage kids are entertained. The toliets and showers are very clean. The kitchen facilities are great amnd very clean. It has a laundry, swimming pool and other play equipment for the kids. We have found that taking a tent forces us to relax and the trees and environment are lovey and help with the relaxing. Wanganui also has a number of thinks to do, its a great little city. The hosts, owners of the park do a great job of managing the park. Highly recommended!

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  • Stayed April 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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Wanganuilover, Owner at Whanganui River Top 10 Holiday Park, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
It is great to get feedback like this, thank you very much!! We hope that your family will keep coming back and that our park will 1 day be part of those precious childhood memories, you will always be welcome!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013 via mobile

This is an excellent place to stay with the family. The hosts provide great friendly service and there is plenty to do with the kids in nice surroundings and with good facilities. We have been here 4 times, staying on a different cabin each time and have never been disappointed.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wanganuilover, Owner at Whanganui River Top 10 Holiday Park, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Thank you for your review of our park Simon, great guests like your family help us to make a success of our business!
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Bristol
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219 reviews 219 reviews
54 hotel reviews
Reviews in 79 cities Reviews in 79 cities
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

We stayed here for one night during our tour of NZ. The owners are South African and very friendly. The campsite has a lovely riverside location and in nice weather would be ideal. However, it was dreadful weather while we were there. As a result we used there games room, which had table tennis and pool, so it enabled us to while away some time. The showers are quite a bit dated and could really do with a refurb.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wanganuilover, Owner at Whanganui River Top 10 Holiday Park, responded to this review, April 12, 2013
Dear TravelNut, thank you for your review of our park, it is unfortunate that the weather was bad during your stay because we've just had our best summer in many, many years! :-) We take note of your comment regarding our facilities, maybe you stayed when the showers additional to our main facilities block were in use because we were very busy. Our main facilities were completely renovated in 2004, with tiled floors, new partitioning, toilets, etc, etc. Kind regards
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

This was our first experience of staying in a Top 10 Holiday Park. It was a Grab One deal for 2 nights plus kayaking on the Whanganui River. We loved it! The staff were helpful and friendly. The manager had a rather dry sense of humour which took a bit of getting used to, but he was a good guy and ran a very good camp. He took time to tell us about the attractions in Wanganui and was happy to drive us up river with the kayaks. The cabin was clean and the location beside the river so tranquil. We usually stay in motels or hotels, so this was a new experience for us, but we would definitely go back again. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Go for the family units that open out onto a deck beside the river. I looked at the bigger cabins bu...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wanganuilover, Owner at Whanganui River Top 10 Holiday Park, responded to this review, March 28, 2013
Dear Joy M, thank you for your review of our park, we are really glad that you enjoyed your stay at our TOP 10 Holiday Park and that you found the GrabOne deal good value for money! We hope that you will stay at TOP 10 holiday parks again in future!
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Address: 460 somme Parade, Wanganui 5021, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Wanganui
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Wanganui
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Whanganui River Top 10 Holiday Park 4.5*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This holiday park is one of the best in the Southern North Island - Qualmark 4 star plus. In addition to excellent accommodation, we offer a games room, summer heated swimming pool, bouncing pillow, adventure playground, trikes for hire, big screen sky tv, wireless, bird aviary, kayaking, riverviews and much more. ... more   less 
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