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Rapahoe Bay Holiday Park
Reviewed February 12, 2013

We could not wish for a better location. Stunning settings right on the beach. Friendly, charming, informative and generous caretakers.

Had a beautiful heron viewing on the 7mile creek. Mussels from North end of beach plentiflul and delicious. Love the green stone!

Greetings from Norway

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Someone else wrote that this is "camping as it used to be" - yes in the 1970s! Unfortunately the world has moved on. No disrespect to the couple running this site, they obviously love it and have put their lfe into it but I think given its location it's time they retired and the local council or someone look at doing some serious upgrading of the facilities - I suggest that it be a joint venture with rebuilding the Rapahoe Beachfront Hotel next door. I've no doubt this place could be a gold mine with suitable management as the beach is fantastic, but the paths are overgrown, the facilities are basic and mainly based on a former school-house. The path from the main part of the site to the powered pitches is uneven and unlit and a serious trip hazard at night. I didn't want to use the showers and the handbasins only had cold water. The site also has a number of mouldering caravans on site - surely these are not for rental?!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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holidaypark, Owner at Rapahoe Bay Holiday Park, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2013

It's a pity Rainstone didn't read my previous reply to a reviewer and saved himself some effort making suggestions that are not possible under the law administered by the local Council. There is a by-law forbidding any building within 100 metres of mean high water, springs here, we have managed only a small extra shower by making it temporary i.e. on skids in the past 10 or 12 years. Council are scared of their liability if there is further erosion despite us providing thousands of dollars to erect a stone barricade along the top of the beach. This has worked insofar as there has been no further erosion in the past 20 years.

Council would therefore be hamstrung by their own regulations from doing any work either here or at the Rapahoe Beach Hotel as this also is within the100 metres. So are sections we purchased here years ago for possible camp expansion, these are now made worthless -unusable and non-saleable by the Council. So much as Rainstone might like to see a big upswept modern complex here in our quiet little bay I am afraid it is just not a legal possibility. Judging by every single entry in our visitors book this season this is the last thing campers here want, they beg us not to change a thing.

And as my husband is a retired health inspector (no weehaven't put our whole lives into this camp, just our retirement) I doubt I Rainstone would have caught anything horrible if he had used the showers.....

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Reviewed June 3, 2012

If you are looking for a mammoth concrete jungle camp, this is not for you. This is a small, converted old school house with every essential provided in a spectacular setting on the wil west coast of the south island.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

we were two couples staying on the west coast for 5 days over easter. this location couldn't have been more perfect. in addition, the camp had so many amenities being fully equipped with cooking utensils, washing machines and driers, bbqs, books and magazines. it is a charming old fashioned camp set in bush on the sea. what more could you ask?

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 11, 2012

A delightful camp right on the beach - some of the sites look directly over the bay. This is camping as it should be and indeed used to be. Everything is laid back.

The sites are individualised with hedges around almost all. Good no of power and water sites. The facilities while perhaps old are scrupulously clean, indeed spotless. Ideal for children with fenced pool and play area and well away from the main road.

I have been caravan camping here on and off for up to 4 nights a week for two years and just love it.

Jan and Peter are excellent hosts.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 30, 2011

We looked for somewhere to stay the night, but i wished we travelled further. The room we got was in serious need of update. the one bonus was that it had a TV with free view, but money should be spent on cleaning and updating. The lady owner was rude. Above the bed was two lights and bugs were not cleaned up. I would not use the cups etc provided in the room.The room had a horrible dead rodent smell. If i were to stay again it would be to camp using a tent. The camp area seemed a lot better. The common room was out dated. They did however have a reasonably good kitchen,l and a good selection of books, most mags however were water damaged.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 23, 2011

We had a great camping position within a few metres from the super beach but that was the best part. Showers were filthy and in the strangest position - in the common room or the car park! Flax around our campsite needed a trim. Swimming pool a murky blue - did not allow my children to swim in it. Female owner is quite offish. The camp is in the perfect spot just a pity about the facilities. Don't think we will be back.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with family
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holidaypark, Manager at Rapahoe Bay Holiday Park, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2012

We appreciate that not everyone likes our style of camping, but comments about filthy showers are uncalled for - campers are the ones who make them filtthy. They are cleaned daily, with checks made during day and what we find is often disgusting, despite notices requesting that they be left clean for the next camper and that mops are provided for this purpose. Hate to think how some people live at home! This was a school and authorities did not provide showers in the toilet blocks for the children, unsurprisingly, and as Council will not allow us to build anything on the property such as shower blocks or cabins we did the best we could by putting them to one side of the hall. We also had to provide another shower to cope with large numbers in summer so put a moveable one on the grass, close to the tent sites by a power and water supply, which has a great deal of use.

The swimming pool is emptied and cleaned regularly and is chlorinated every night when in use during the busy holiday season. Other times it is left as a source of water for the local firefighters and of course it gets discoloured with lack of use. I have often been thanked for my care of campers and my helpfulness so wonder just what it was this camper did - it cuts both ways !

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Additional Information about Rapahoe Bay Holiday Park

Address: 10 Hawken St | Rapahoe, Greymouth, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Greymouth
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #11 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Greymouth
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A small quiet camp on the edge of a beach with sheltered sites and some with sea views. Swimming at beach and in on-site pool. Powered and tent sites sheltered with hedges, all usual facilities - limited units by way of on-site caravans and cabins all with freeview TV and fridges, kitchenette supplies, bedding for hire. Centre of the West Coast, adjacent to national park, walking tracks close by. Volleyball, badminton and children's playground with sandpit. Kitchen equipped with microwaves, stoves, pots and pans. Main hall has dining and lounge areas with books, magazines and darts. Laundry has two large washing machines and two dryers. Showers are free. ... more   less 

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