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Bay of Islands Holiday park
Ranked #17 of 21 Paihia B&B and Inns
Reviewed April 20, 2014

Just back from a 4 day school camp at the Bay of Islands Holiday Park. Lovely place, great set-up. Not many units to hire, which I would imagine to be a downside, but the one we stayed in was more than sufficient (clean, modern, comfortable). Only grumble was that the bunks let it down - modern unit with a set of wooden built-in bunks which are quite a lot narrower than normal. It was the first thing we noticed about the unit when we walked in because everything else was modern/new looking. A couch/2-seater would be an asset too. Because of the bunks, I would rate it 9/10 because everything else was great. The ablution blocks were absolutely amazing in their set-up and size and very, very upmarket and modern/smart looking.
Very friendly and helpful lady serving at the shop/office (which is very clean and modern also). Could I suggest adding biscuits to your limited range would be a good idea - you would have sold several packets whilst we were there if they had been available.
Thanks for a great stay. Highly recommend :)

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

Camp was spacious and not too busy when we stayed so we relaxed easily. Facillities were fine and good large shower and toilet block. Host was very helpful and we booked a boat trip for the following day with pick-up from site.

Didn't have chance to walk down by river but that looked an attractive feature. Maybe a little more of a shop on site would be helpful but Countdown supermarket just 5 mins down road. Pool and play area are quite small but kids all enjoyed them nevertheless. Be careful with small children as the toilet blocks pretty much open straight on to the roads on site.

Would happily have stayed a bit longer if road trip allowed!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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2  Thank Chris P
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

We only left this Morning and wished we could have stayed longer. First impressions were of staff that were really really helpful and willing to help! Helped us with our excursion decisions, just when we checked in (Booking made from in UK, no problems) We arrived to find that the motor home had an awning but they had not supplied the required pole to pull it out!! mentioned this to the gentleman on reception ( very remiss not to have asked his name!!) Within a very short period of time he manufactured a pole that allowed us to make use of the awning!! Every query was dealt with very quickly and with a smile!! Can not recommend this site enough!! I agree the showers could do with a bit of TLC however the are functional and clean with plenty of hot water!!
All in all for our 1st experience in a camper van and on the 1st sight we visited it set the standard for us.
Make sure you get the Kiwi site not the other site of the same name nearer to Paihai!!

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Nokiarae
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Reviewed January 20, 2014 via mobile

Nice spot with a river flowing past that you can take a kayak for 20 minutes to a waterfall. Plenty of trees. Facilities a bit outdated and could do with some modernising. Downside was the rudeness and disrespect shown by host. Won't elaborate further but I have been to many camps and holiday spots and haven't experienced such insult to me and my family. For that reason we won't go back.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
1  Thank Murray S
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

We had a look at the sites closer to the sea (including one with the same name) but decided that we preferred the peace and tranquillity of this well maintained site to stay in our campervan. Nice spots to sit by river and plenty of trees. Incredibly tame birds and the important facilities very clean and spacious.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank sillyoldduffer
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

Stayed here with 3 other families on a weekend away.

Lovely spot with lots of space and a decent playground for the kids to run off some steam after 4 hours in the car.

Mozzies everywhere so bring some insect repellant however worth the bugs to sit outside and enjoy the evenings.

Would definitely come back here again.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Horoeka
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Reviewed November 22, 2013 via mobile

very nice location, great friendly service. our cabin was neat and tidy towels provided for first night. found the wash facilities a little expense compared to other sites. overall would highly recommend thanks alot paihia

  • Stayed: November 2013
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Thank graceynaia26
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Address: 678 Puketona Rd | Paihia, Paihia, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Paihia
Price Range: $38 - $83 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bay of Islands Holiday park 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a large tree studded park along side the Waitangi River.Safe swimming in river and kayaks to hire. We offer a range of accommodation from well-presented tourist flats to cabins and plenty of level powered and non-powered sites, for tenting and campervans and caravans. We cater for large school groups with our simple but comfortable cabins.Central location allows your to enjoy the best of all the activities the beautiful Bay of Islands has to offer with a 10 minute drive to Paihia or Keri Keri.We have wireless internet and are pet friendly (sorry no pets in tourist flats)We also have holiday homes in central Paihia please inquire for more information. ... more   less 
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