Thornton Beach is an absolutely beautiful beach so I was excited that the Holiday Park was just as lovely. I was there slightly off-peak (end of January during the week) and almost had the place to myself. The whole place is REALLY clean and tidy. They provide hand soap, dish soap and tea towels for you convenience. There is no random pots, pans and cooking gear lying round so be sure to bring your own. The showers are token operated only but I had hot water for the whole 6mins throughout the day when I showered.
The location is close enough to Whakatane without feeling like you are in the town but you can still pop over for a meal or whatever in 5mins. Only one hour outside of Rotorua and it's beach side which was a much nicer place to stay than in Rotorua. They are family friendly though I did hear a few kids complaining that they were bored. The only sort of entertainment is a jumping pillow which seemed to get old after a while. If they put in a swing set within the campground so parents can still keep an eye out that would keep families there longer I think and give parents a break from entertaining. I was traveling by myself this time (30yr old female) and felt very safe while staying there.
Would definitely stay there again to get away from Auckland!!
- 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