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“Most northern camp of South Island, close to Farwell Spit.” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Wharariki Beach Holiday Park

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Wharariki Beach Holiday Park
Hamilton, New Zealand
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31 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Most northern camp of South Island, close to Farwell Spit.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2014 via mobile

We stayed for four nights with a big tent for the family and a campervan. They gave us 3 sites to use without charging a cent extra. I had booked well in advance though.

The place is beautiful, but very basic and I find the title "holiday park" totally unsuitable. It is a luxury DoC camp at best ( DoC camps in NZ are basic bush camps, often only with a long drop and no other facilities).
The toilets were long drops, which stank disgustingly as soon as the breeze dropped. Showers cost 2$ per 5 minutes.
Camping was expensive. We paid $62 for the family of 4 per night, although they gave us 3 sites to fit, which was necessary! You have to take your rubbish back, but don't expect them to tell you where to take it... We found a bin in Collingwood after our stay.

There is a small playground, lots of very annoying chickens, a little coffee-shop (delicious) and a shot walk to Wharariki beach.

The camp is run by woofers, who are friendly enough but have no idea about much at all, couldn't answer any questions past the price of the site and which way to the beach.

All in all, fabulous spot, but sites too small, owner hardly even seen, chickens in the tent and van, stinky toilets. Wouldn't come back to be honest, not for that price anyway.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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New Zealand
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19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2014

This is a very basic camping ground that is run by woofers - overseas helpers. While they are really friendly they do not know the area at all.
We camped for two days. The camp site is small, and expensive for what you get - $36 for a couple. We found Wharariki Camp Ground via the Internet. It would be great if Dion(the owner) could add to the website that it is an additional $2 for a 5 minute shower, you have to carry all you rubbish out, and the toilets are long drops. Then people know what they are getting, and there are no surprises.
While we put our tent up we nearly stood in animal poo. Not sure if it was dog poo or sheep poo. Either way it should not have been there. The peacocks while a novelty, are incredibly noisy. Be prepared to be woken up at 6:30am by a very loud scretching noise. This continues throughout the day.
We would not stay here again.
There are some stunning walks and beaches at Wharariki Beach. I would recommend walking to Green Hill Beach - stunning and peaceful. We had the entire beach to ourselves. This is a lovely location, and that is what the camp ground has going for it.

Room Tip: As it is a very windy spot at Wharariki we would recommend a sheltered tent site. Down in front of t...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank JCamNZ
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Deutschland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2013

Basically a nice place in an absolutely marvellous surrounding. The sites are far too small, though (I just managed to squeeze in my chair in front of my van, a car and tent already are too large), and while long drop toilets and a take-your-rubbish-with-you-policy are perfectly fine for a standard DOC campsite for 6$ per night, for a tea-towel sized site in a "holiday camp" for 16$ p.p. and another 2$ for the shower (not exactly bargain basement, too) this is bordering on insolence.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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New Zealand
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114 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

Stayed in a motor home for two nights. The camp is close to the beach and has a great menagerie of animals. The camp is carry out what you carry in and is unspoilt. The owner Dion is very helpful and full of knowledge on attractions and walks. A must see are the seals on the beach. This is the best park I have stayed in and will come back again. Thanks Dion.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank scotts9401
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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60 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

We arrived in the night, the location was hard to find at that time, the facilities are basic and a bit overpriced, especially for we had to pay $2 for the hot water for shower. But the surrounding, the beautiful scenery, peaceful, and the experience are priceless..

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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Thank yane16
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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

We arrived to an efficient welcome and as it was the end of the day and pouring with rain we felt we had to stay. Two of us choose the Cabin which is VERY basic with a double bed, very thin mean pillows, a tatty couch and a small bedside table and underpowered lamp...that is it. The "facilities" were a march up the hill and adequate but an addtional $2 for a shower. My main concern is the pricing...$80 for the cabin PLUS $5 for a blanket, no sheets etc, with two of us tht made our stay $90. This is simply poor value for basic accomodation and had the other sites nearby been open we would have gone to them instead. On the other hand the location is terrific.

Room Tip: None of the rooms are worth the money but other than that they are much the same.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Jon M
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Roanoke, Virginia
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20 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

We stayed in one of the tent sites here and were greeted by a variety of different animals! (Two horses, sheep, and baby peacocks!). The tent sites were very well maintained, as were the rest of the facilities. They even had a fully enclosed kitchen for everyone to use, which was definitely an added perk as we were tired of eating peanut butter sandwiches 24/7. If you plan on going to Wharariki Beach, you should definitely stay here for a night! And if you like stars, you're in for a treat!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Scott B
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Property: Wharariki Beach Holiday Park
Address: Wharariki Beach, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Golden Bay
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Ranked #19 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Golden Bay
Number of rooms: 42

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