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“Clean & roomy motel unit. Great location”

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Whananaki Holiday Park
Auckland, New Zealand
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“Clean & roomy motel unit. Great location”
Reviewed May 4, 2014

We stayed a Friday and Saturday in one of their motel units (unit 6) and everything was great.
The relaxed and friendly welcome by Betty and the very clean unit were everything we needed for a relaxing weekend away.

Only one thing, the bed was a double, otherwise a great experience.

The motel is on the edge of the estuary and right by the longest walkbrigde in the southern hemisphere which connects Whananaki North and South. Right at the parks entrance is a handy shop which also has takeaways many nights of the week - depending on the season.

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Room Tip: Motel #6 has the best small concrete deck as its the Accessible unit.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

Stayed here with my little 1 year old baby in a cabin just for a night. Cabin was well equiped with everything you need and was pleasantly surprised to find a pool onsite and a litte kids park. The beach was not the best as it is tidal and located on an estuary but once the tide was in it was lovely. This was also not much of an issue as there are so many wonderful beaches close by. Lots of great walks around the area if your into a bit of excercise! Would definitely go back again.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Feilding, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 9, 2014 via mobile

We travelled 11.5hrs by car to get there and hoped it would be worth it. We were not disappointed. Great mix of relaxation and coastal adventures with an easy going atmosphere. Some Good points-Boat and car parking out of the way, no hard and fast rules about noise given on arrival, happy banter appears to be allowed and acceptable perhaps to reasonable hours rather than lights out at 10rules. Great location, well serviced shop, close to harbour, walks, good beaches for swimming, surf and kayaking, friendly staff and patrons. Selection of entertainments -enjoyed a fun quiz night. Good sized undercover eating sitting area. Appreciated a daily splash in the pool. Suggestions- is it possible to allow showers to run cold water when hot time runs out. Maybe another soap dispenser in ladies, pretty cramped sink bench washing area.
Given we go somewhere new most years the question is will we be back? Absolutely, this was a great spot for our summer holiday, didn't want to go home. We've told heaps already about this little piece of paradise. Worth the trip.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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ShontelleGoodhew, Manager at Whananaki Holiday Park, responded to this review, January 13, 2014
Hi!

Thank you for your feedback! We are very lucky to have people during our peak season that make the HUGGEEE drive all the way from Fielding!

We are looking forward to having you back and have taken on board your comments for improving (which we are always looking to do!).

See you in the future!! :)

Shontelle
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

We have stayed in quite a few NZ camping grounds/holiday parks and this one is up there with the best of them. It does not feel over regulated but runs like clock work. There is lovely relaxed, friendly atmosphere about the place. It is not flashy but everything you need is here. Whananaki is a great little spot, far enough away from civilisation to allow you to truly relax but less than an hour's drive from Whangarei. There are some great beaches nearby and a community that embraces the holiday makers. If you are looking for a genuine kiwi family camp in a great spot, look no further.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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ShontelleGoodhew, Manager at Whananaki Holiday Park, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Hello,

Thank you for your amazing feedback on our camp ground. As this is our pride and joy we get the most out of sharing this place with everyone else. Your feedback is very much appreciated and we do hope you return in the future! :)

Shontelle Goodhew
Manager at the Whananaki Holiday Park
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

We travel close to 300kms each year to arrive at our favourite summer destination. We are looking forward to our fifth year at this campground, we keep coming back to relax and have a great time with family (and friends we catch up with annually). While its a drive to the best beaches, its worth it, and we hope to continue coming back. Great friendly fun camp.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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ShontelleGoodhew, Manager at Whananaki Holiday Park, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Hello,

Thank you for your post and review of the Whananaki Holiday Park. We appreciate the effort you have gone to, to write about our special place and your time here year after year!
Can't wait to have you all back again. :)

Shontelle Goodhew
Camp Manager at Whananaki Holiday Park
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

Our summer pilgrimage always sees us at Whananaki North Holiday Park. It is a long-haul for the kids, especially being wedged between chilly bins and boogie boards. I love to see the excitement on their faces with every glimpse of the turquoise sea through the trees, bringing hope of sun-drenched days on the beaches, barbecue dinners and all that a classic Kiwi summer holiday entails... sunscreen applied with sandy hands while hopping from foot to foot on scorching sand, the smell of a two-stroke outboard idling at a tidal boat ramp and the slapping sound of jandals on feet as they chase footballs and Frisbees.
The park itself is very social and family-friendly and the facilities are great.
South Beach, Moureeses, Kings Beach and the Mermaid Pools are favourites among the dozens of stunning bays that dot the coastline.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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ShontelleGoodhew, Manager at Whananaki Holiday Park, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Hi There,

Thank you for your review on the Whananaki Holiday Park! We love getting feedback and having our campers come back year after year. We can't even make our camp and our little treasured area sound as fantastic as your description.
Looking forward to having you back in 2014. :)

Shontelle Goodhew
Camp Manager at Whananaki Holiday Park
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Additional Information about Whananaki Holiday Park

Property: Whananaki Holiday Park
Address: 2160 Whananaki North Road, Whananaki 0181, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Whananaki
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Whananaki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Northland's Best Kept Secret!• A family park situated between an estuary & farmland• Longest footbridge in the southern hemisphere• Stunning versatile coastal location• Poor Knights Island Reserve just a boat trip away• Fabulous places to walk your dog or ride your horse. PETS BY ARRANGEMENT• Water sports, fishing, diving, tramping, surf beaches, tranquil beaches, birding & on the Te Araroa Trail. ... more   less 

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