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Kawhia Beachside S-Cape Holiday Park
Ranked #1 of 3 Kawhia B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 11, 2012

This was our second visit to Snow and Bronwyn's camp site. The facilities are good and clean with a modern amenities block. Staying here is like going back in timebut without the drawbacks. Kawhia and the surrounding area is very picturesque and the drive south along the coast road towards Taranaki is well worth doing (get the heritage trail leaflet from the town museum). Snow is a man of many talents as visitors may find out. I summary well worth getting off the tourist trail for.

Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
Thank thiace
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oysterfiend, Owner at Kawhia Beachside S-Cape Holiday Park, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2012

Thanks for coming back.
It is so good to see repeat guests, especially from as far away as the UK!
It confirms to us some people must think what we are doing and achieving here is ok.
Because we want to be more than ok, we realise there is no time for complacency and we are always working on some project of some kind or another to enhance the place.
Actually I can get a little defensive when first time guests ask if we are refurbishing, or are we new owners?-
This is because we have been making improvements the whole 13 years we have been here and there is always something more to do.
We are only a private couple of limited means and it all takes time and hard work.
We mostly want to offer clean, and functional facilities at all times but in keeping with the natural character of Kawhia.

Once again ,
Thanks for your loyalty,

Kind regards,
Snow and Bronwyn Anderson

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Reviewed December 10, 2012

We had 5 options of where to stay and chose Beachside from their slick website, and after viewing the other options available when we arrived in Kawhia for the first time, we were so pleased we chose this one.
Snow greeted us with enthusiasm and lots of stories and showed us to a prime spot to park our motorhome and made us feel very welcome.
Both Snow & Bronwyn are lovely people and have continued to develop their business and are passionate about what they can offer. There is an option for everyone, with fabulously placed camp sites, beautifully appointed motel units, super clean bathroom facilities and options for backpackers. We shall return here when we return to Kawhia, another of New Zealand's treasures.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Kiwiz
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oysterfiend, Owner at Kawhia Beachside S-Cape Holiday Park, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2012

All we can say is Thank You, Thank You for choosing us.
We are pleased you were not disappointed and thanks for telling everyone via tripadvisor.
Reviews are extremely important to us and we take each and everyone personally as we are definitely passionate and committed to our accommodation business.
We look forward to your next visit. Returning guests are our bread and butter.

kind regards,
Snow and Bronwyn Anderson

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Reviewed December 4, 2012

Thank you Snow and Bronwyn for the best couple of days our family could have asked for. We spent the last two days of our holiday here and it was perfect! Right on the water with gorgeous views and sun, extremely friendly and helpful hosts creating a warm and welcoming place to stay. The large studio we stayed in was very tidy and modern and well stocked with everything we needed for our stay and more. The other larger motel units where our friends stayed were also well set up, very comfortable, tidy and modern- not to mention the un-interuppted views of Kawhia harbour from most of the units. We will definitely be making our way to Kawhia again to make the most of this fab accommodation.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Sara M
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oysterfiend, Owner at Kawhia Beachside S-Cape Holiday Park, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2012

Thank you so much for such an appreciative and kind review.
We have tried very hard to build a reputation that we can be proud of.
As keen travellers and holiday makers ourselves, we know that the little things as well as the big things count in preparing motel rooms for guests.
We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and would be keen to come back.

kind regards,
Snow and Bronwyn Anderson.

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Reviewed December 1, 2012

We stayed here on the last night of our Campervan road trip around North Island and this made an excellent spot to finish our holiday. The hospitality was very welcoming and both Bronwyn and Snow are really friendly and wonderful to talk to and exchange stories. An idealic spot with some spectacular views of the harbour and coast and hot springs are just a few minures walk away at a beach the other side of the village. Facilities are spotless and clean and the showers were the hottest we'd experienced anywhere!
If your looking for a site with the standards of a "top 10" but a little bit different head for Kawhia Beachside.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Chris D
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oysterfiend, Manager at Kawhia Beachside S-Cape Holiday Park, responded to this reviewResponded December 2, 2012

Thank you very much for your kind review.
We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit, our facilities and our company.
We are avid travellers ourselves and know just how important clean facilities and friendly hospitality is.
All the best on any future travels.

kind regards,
Snow and Bronwyn Anderson

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Reviewed November 26, 2012

If your looking for clean modern peaceful accomodation with first rate service from owner operators then this is the place to stay. RIGHT on the waterfront from backpackers rooms to self contained units with all you need. The choice of all, is at the beach side s-cape. A trip back in time is to be had in the village with old fashioned service and friendly helpful people. The village is an easy walking distance from s-cape camp. Snow & Bronwyn can direct you to all the best places to eat drink and know all the local spots to visit. Book early or you might miss and this secret is spreading fast. :-)

Room Tip: We have stayed in all the units over the years. Our favourite for a family is the two bedroom water...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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oysterfiend, Owner at Kawhia Beachside S-Cape Holiday Park, responded to this reviewResponded December 2, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to review our establishment and thank you for your continual support over the last few years staying in all types of our units and watching us grow and develop.
You started out as guests,
and are now truly friends, having purchased your own holiday home in Kawhia just recently.
The pictures you took and posted are AWESOME.

kind regards,
Snow and Bronwyn Anderson

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Reviewed November 25, 2012

We stayed the first night of our New Zealand campervan adventure here and it really set the tone for the rest of the trip. Initially we were debating between going east to Coromandel or west to Kawhia as we only had time for one and we were so so happy we chose Kawhia. It was very peaceful with plenty of gorgeous scenery. The location is indeed beachside, right on the water, close to town (town is small, but very cute), and near Kawhia's black sand and hot water beach. The hot water beach is a must see, the black sand makes for a really unique experience! All facilities for campers were clean and tidy, the best we encountered during our trip. They also offer kayak hire, which if you have the time and weather for it, is a must. The bay was very calm during our stay making for some easy kayaking. Snow and Bronwyn were excellent hosts and even gave us recommendations for the rest of our travels that served us well.

Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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oysterfiend, Owner at Kawhia Beachside S-Cape Holiday Park, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2012

Thanks very much for writing a review about our harbour/ beachside camping facilities and establishment.
We are so pleased to read that you enjoyed Kawhia as much.
So often we are over looked for the Coromandel region, which is very beautiful as well, but very different.
Kawhia is small, not overpopulated and offers a completely different sort of experience.
It sounds as though you had a good trip all round.
Great as we just love it when people enjoy our country and review their travels in New Zealand in favourable terms.

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Reviewed November 19, 2012

My wife and I spent one night in a waterfront unit there visiting her birthplace. Very clean and comfortable unit with everything you need and a peaceful location with nice views of the bay as the tide goes in and out. Kawhia is a step back in time to a less hurried age. The hosts are very friendly and helpful and if you need to keep in touch with the world you can get internet access too.

Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
Thank Mike B
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oysterfiend, Owner at Kawhia Beachside S-Cape Holiday Park, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2012

Thank you very much for taking the time to review our accommodation property.
We trust you get back to Australia safely after your North Island stay.
Yes,
Kawhia is a bit like a step back in time.
That is part of it's peaceful charm and we are pleased your nostalgia trip lived up to your
expectations.
Thanks also for sharing your wifi knowledge.

Many thanks and kind regards,
Snow and Bronwyn Anderson

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Additional Information about Kawhia Beachside S-Cape Holiday Park

Address: 225 Pouewe Street, Kawhia 3889, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Kawhia
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Kawhia
Price Range: $99 - $139 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kawhia's only waterfront accommodation. 6Km from Ocean Beach. We have 5 self-contained motel units(SKY TV), 9 comfortable cabins, large communal kitchen, lounge SKY TV,communal ablution block and 14 tent/RV sites. Perfectly situated on Kawhia's beautiful harbour frontage, and 600 metres from Kawhia village. Free Wireless internet. Kayaks for hire. Spring free trampoline. Kawhia is well known for its Maori heritage and Te Puia Hot Springs at Kawhia's Ocean Beach (loan spades for digging your own spa). We are 1.5 Hours drive from Waitomo, 1 hour from Raglan and Te Awamutu, and 1.15 Hours from Hamilton. 2.5-3 Hrs drive from Auckland and the ideal first night stop from Auckland airport. Make Ocean Beach Hot Springs and Kawhia Beachside S-Cape Holiday Park your next destination. ... more   less 

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