Thornton Beach holiday park is a great place to stay. It is right on the beach so you only have to walk a couple of minutes to see the ocean but the great thing is you can hear the ocean at night and first thing in the morning when you wake up. We stayed in a tent and they allowed us to have our dog (as it wasn't peak season, being just before Xmas). The amenities were great and always clean, family friendly also which we were thankful for as we took our one year old son. The showers are awesome too. The male owner was really friendly and easy to approach, however we found the female owner to be quite rude at times. That would be the only negative thing about the place. A friend of ours had come to visit us just for the day but by afternoon had had a few too many beers so was deciding whether to stay the night in our tent or try and get a lift home with a friend. While he was on the phone talking to his friend about it he was approached by the female owner who demanded once he'd gotten off the phone (she had been listening to his conversation!) that he go and see her in the office to pay to stay the night (he hadn't even made his mind up yet and hadn't discussed it with us as to whether or not we'd mind him staying - of course we didn't but he wanted to ask us first). There were a couple of other occasions where she was a little rude but other times she wasn't too bad so I don't know if it depends what mood she's in? Anyway that aside, the holiday park is a wonderful place to stay and I'd definitely recommend it to others, especially those who struggle to find places that allow dogs and also families who want family friendly amenities.
Property: Thornton Beach Holiday ParkAddress: 163 Thornton Beach Road, Whakatane 3194, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Whakatane
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Ranked #9 of 12 Hotels in Whakatane
Number of rooms: 13
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If your looking for somewhere just a little off the beaten track, but still within 5mins of great Country Cafes and shopping - Book a holiday with us and experience our award winning hospitality. Thornton Beach is situated between Whakatane and Matata in the BOP. We are closer than Ohope for many visitors and offer a New Zealand beach holiday with heaps of fun for the whole family. We have many campsites available and various types of accommodation to suit all needs and budgets. The views from our Holiday Park are spectacular. Whale Island is in front of you and New Zealand's only live marine volcano White Island can be seen in the distance. The ocean beach stretches out at the parks doorstep and the Rangitaiki River is also metres away. With panoramic sea views and known for its great catch, Thornton Beach is a fisherman's haven. Land based anglers can surfcast towards Whale Island, or you can launch the boat at the boat ramp which is only 200m from the park and head out to sea. Thornton Beach is lovely and quiet. But besides peace, tranquillity, safe swimming and great fishing, there are many more activities and attractions in the area of Thornton Beach Holiday Park. ... more less