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“Fantastic place to stay with most wonderful hosts” 5 of 5 stars
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Waikawa Bay Holiday Park
4.0 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   5 Waimarama Street, Waikawa 7220, New Zealand   |  
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“Fantastic place to stay with most wonderful hosts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Waikawa Bay Holiday Park for 6 nights in a Kitchen Cabin, at the top of the park with a view to the Marina during January 2013, in the peak season. We have stayed at many holiday parks, during our numerous visits to the South Island of NZ, and the Waikawa Bay Holiday Park, is among the best. From booking, to checking in, our stay and checking out the whole process is very smooth, welcoming and straight forward. Our hosts Felicity and Richard, are both very warm and happy people, always ensuring that everything was just right, providing useful contacts to local activities, nothing was any trouble, they both try very hard at making sure you have a comfortable stay. The bathrooms were fantastic, very clean, plenty of hot water and great music. I have no hesitation in highly recommending the Waikawa holiday park as a place to stay, great for families and very reasonably priced.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Assen, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

quiet camping out of town, a few km's from the ferry
with restaurants on walking distance
clean and nice camping ground oposite queen charlotte sound and bay
with helpful & friendly staff/owner
all your requests will be answered

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

We stayed in a cabin at the top of the park. Cabin was clean and tidy and had everything you need. Kids loved running around on the grass out the front, feeding the ducks. Holiday parks are about a laid back atomsphere and reading some these reviews some people forget this! Who cares if the owner is in her PJ's especially considering you were ringing the bell 30mins before the office even opened - get over yourself! Felicity was extremely accommodating and we would not hesitate at staying here again.

Room Tip: Rooms up top of holiday park have a nice view.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Have to spend time in Picton for work and always choose to stay in a self contained unit at the park. Prefer it over a hotel as has all the comforts and convenience of home, with very pleasant surrounding and very friendly owners and staff. Great location for a morning jog with awesome views.

Room Tip: The Tourist cabins have everything you need. You can also enjoy using the shared BBQ area too.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We were worried on arrival as the park itself doesn't rate when comparing to a Top Ten, setting that aside it was a great stay with our cabin being right up the back of the park it had terrific views to the Sound. Very clean and quiet, handy for anyone crossing to the North Is. Felicity in the office is just lovely and same can be said of the cleaning staff. Don't be put off by the rundown vans that are on site, though I do wonder why they're there as some are quite uninhabitable.

Room Tip: We had a cabin right up the back of the park so lovely views and super quiet.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Basic cabin:
Arrived late at night from the ferry to Picton and left early in the morning for Christchurch.
But in the time that we were there. It's close to the Picton ferry port so very handy. Cabins basic but functional with T&C facilities. Nice little site that is close to some stunning bays and scenery. If we were to have stayed for a few days in the area we would have stayed here.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Taupo, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

Presently living at the camp owing to a change of lifestyle and wanting to see the south island in the future. Lovely quiet camp (although its the time of year), amenities so clean and tidy and the showers are non metered. Owners blend in with their occupants. Grounds are kept lovely and tidy and the ladies who look after the cleanliness of the place are lovely and friendly... the cabins and motel units are really stylish, with three at the top having great views of the sounds (if you want a better view, perhaps you should buy a boat) from their balcony and of cost depends on the grade of cabin you want.. Two chairs and a wee table are there for you to enjoy a wine or a beer while enjoying the sun,or picnic tables if you want something larger. We are enjoying our time here and would highly recommend it to any other traveller wishing to stop in Picton. Some comments have been made regarding the distance from town, well it isnt that far and besides marinas are within walking distance, shops come in each and every town and city in NZ.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Address: 5 Waimarama Street, Waikawa 7220, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Waikawa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Waikawa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Waikawa Bay Holiday Park 4*
Number of rooms: 24
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