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Belt Road Seaside Holiday Park
Certificate of Excellence
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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11 reviews
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“Blown away”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

The expression "blown away" takes on new meaning when you park your caravan at this clifftop camp.
The elevation gives it fantastic views over the port and coast, but if the wind gets up, watch out. Overnighters tend to be parked on the cliff edge, and if the weather is calm, that's fine. But we had a few nights there when the westerly battered us so badly we thought we would be rolled down onto the coastal walkway below. The fact there are no barriers at the cliff edge was a serious worry.
Last time, we were a couple of rows in at the western end of the camp, and the gales didn't feel quite so bad.
The camp manager was very helpful with a jockey wheel problem we had, but otherwise we didn't see or hear from anyone running the place, even though we stayed a month. Not very friendly. They also refused to extend our stay on the site a couple of extra days, even though there were spare sites nearby. It's a hassle to move the awning, so we just left.
There are no places to drain grey water on the sites, and there is a serious shortage of taps. During our last stay, the tap near us looked like an oil rig Christmas tree, it had so many connections.
The toilet block at the western end is primitive, with one tiny hand basin under the the mirror. If someone is shaving, you can't wash your hands. For such an expensive camp, this is not good enough.
The place looks like it could do with a rev up. We won't be staying there again (not sure our awning could take it).

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

The cabins at Belt Road Seaside Holiday Park are the cleanest and most comfortable cabins I have ever stayed in. The views are amazing, even the one we had that looked back at the mountain. The hosts are friendly and helpful, parking easy and even a great little play ground for the young children. Our cabin had no shower, but the ones in the comunal area were clean, with plenty of fast hot water. I appreciated that the team go to every effort to encourage recyling and energy saving. Loved the location right next to the water with the walking track right below the camp. It was a wonderful break away. Thank you. This was our second stay and will book next time we need accomodation in New Plymouth.

Room Tip: Cabins 5 and 6 have the BEST views but all the others are great too.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Chiltern, Australia
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

We stayed one night here in a campervan on a powered site. We were checked in with no problems, and had a really nice girl at reception that helped us with access to the Internet.
The clear ocean views were what really made this holiday park something special. In good weather, you could sit and stare at the ocean for hours!
The toilet blocks were clean and well kept, and the showers were also good, although the showers were better in block B than in block A.
It was a good experience for us.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

After booking vfor 30+ of our club to stay the process was seamless and simple. The hosts are oblidging and friendly. He accomodation (available from old school cabins to up market modern cottage style units) are clean and well kept. The comunal areas are in some cases in need of redecoration but are still tidy and clean. The prices are competative and groups should certainly get quotes here FIRST if staying in New Plymouth.
Great views are available from many points in the park.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

Million dollar views, right from your tent/cabin! On the left Mt taranaki, to the right you see the sea and a stunning sunset!
We walked in on the same day and asked for a tent site, they were nearly fully booked(Vw meeting and it was Easter weekend) but they we're very professional and gave us a choice of different spots. It's a very nice 15min walk to town on the coast and 30min to the black sand beach! But right next to the harbor and the nice rocks and best views! We ended up staying for 4 nights!
Thank you so much!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Hampshire
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Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

We only stayed for one night and left relatively early the following morning so can not say too much.

Firstly the views from this site are amazing. Our tent pitch looked straight out to sea (with Pukeko in the foreground).

The facilities seemed pretty good with a large central block including a decent sized kitchen (utensils not provided). The smaller shower blocks are not quite as up to date as the showers in the main block but all are clean. The showers are free and hot water was always available.

I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

Holiday park in a beautiful, peaceful setting. On one side the sea, on the other side a view of Mount Egmont.
Friendly staff. Only five minutes drive to shops and restaurants.

Our cabin was equipped with a private bathroom, kitchen sink with microwave and kettle, good beds and lovely terrace.
Beautiful birds and flowers everywhere.

Room Tip: Some cabins have a direct view on the ocean. Wonderfull!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Belt Road Seaside Holiday Park
Address: 2 Belt Road, New Plymouth 4310, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Taranaki Region > New Plymouth
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Kitchenette
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Ranked #3 of 16 Specialty Lodging in New Plymouth
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Hotel Class:4 star — Belt Road Seaside Holiday Park 4*
Number of rooms: 23
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