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Papamoa Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Papamoa
Certificate of Excellence
Whanganui, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
115 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Did not want to leave”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

This is a brilliant Top 10, probably the best in New zealand. Although we had not booked we were given a marvellous sight over looking the Pacific. As we have a large campervan they first checked our "electrical certificate" to make sure it was current. (One of the very few camps to do so.) This was attention to detail that carried on in other ways in the camp. Ammenities were clean and tidy all day, unlike some camps that do the obligatory once a day. Shops are available just across the road, but we also had an ice cream truck, a fruit and vegetable truck and other vendors visit the camp.

I would recommend this camp as a must visit and we will be back

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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PapamoaBeachTop10, Receptionist at Papamoa Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
Thank you for taking your time to write such a fantastic review about your stay with us at Papamoa Beach TOP 10.

It is so lovely to hear that you had such a great stay with us, we take pride in providing a high quality product and try to make the experience an unforgettable one.

We look forward to having you stay with us again soon!
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Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

I have just spent three weeks at this camp, first experience of camping in over thirty years and now I am a camper for life. On the beach with my boogey board most days.

Most of the staff here are friendly and helpful.

This camp has male cleaners in every day and they do an excellant job in the kitchen/toilet/laundry/shower ammenities, spotlessly clean and never ran out of toilet paper!!

The office people let you walk around and select a vacant site if you don't wish to go where they have you booked in.
Not a good idea to pitch a tent ocean front if there are severe weather warnings in place!!

The camp is walking distance to supermarkets/shops/ service station/etc or a 2 minute drive.

There is a TV in the kitchen while cooking your meal and there are large bbq tables under cover with music playing all day and a large TV to watch if you wish.
There is also a fridge that can be used for your food items and a freezer that does not freeze beside it! Rather smelly and really needs replacing.

Rubbish collection stations handy to most sites.

The grounds are reasonably well kept but the few gardens there are, are a little scruffy and require some mainentance.

My only complaint as a camper in a tent is that vans drive in, park in the site next to you and settle in for the evening from about 6pm and depart early and their swinging side doors and back doors continually click open and then bang, very, very annoying. Perhaps if these vans were all placed in one particular area of the camp they could keep each other awake....or perhaps they would soon realise that this continual swishing and banging of doors is unnecesary and annoying grrrrrr!

Room Tip: Choose a site away from the main road and a little back from the ocean front.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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PapamoaBeachTop10, Receptionist at Papamoa Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review on your stay with us at Papamoa Beach TOP 10.

We are very pleased that your experience with us was so positive. We aim to provide a high standard of customer service and provide our guests with a quality product.
We are aware of the issue with the freezer in this area, however it is due to the fact that during summer our freezers are constantly being opened, there are signs on all our freezers making guests aware and advising guests of the option of alternative freezers in not so heavily trafficked areas.
With campervans we generally do try to keep them all together away from tents, but when we are busy in summer with a limited amount of Seaview & Beachside sites available it can be difficult to keep them apart.

We hope that you will come back and see us again soon!
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

Incredible view across the ocean, close to local shopping centre (grocery, petrol and homeward stores) and fantastic free facilities! A must for people staying the night! One of our favourites. The staff were very friendly and helpful too.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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PapamoaBeachTop10, Receptionist at Papamoa Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
It’s so lovely to hear that you had such a great stay with us! It’s positive feedback like this that motivates our staff to aim for an even higher level of customer satisfaction.

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay, we hope to see you again soon!
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Devonian
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed February 6, 2013

Went for this because of the location - right on the beach, and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the facilities. The kitchen is a decent size, with eight high powered rings, and opens onto a really nice inside/outside dining area. The showers are a decent size and power, while the toilets were both plentiful and clean. The star of the show here is the location however, with a great beach right in front of the site, body boards and fishing rods can both be hired fro. Reception, which is great service. Just behind the site are a couple of shopping malls complete with takeaways and supermarkets, very easy to walk to. Drive a bit further and there are a couple of decent sized towns to look around with plenty of shopping to keep you amused. Only slight niggle was that the BBQs could be a bit cleaner, and no cleaning materials were provided, which I would have expected at a site of this quality.

Room Tip: s9 is the site to go for, panoramic views of the bay, if not try the 'v' sites, a little fur...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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PapamoaBeachTop10, Receptionist at Papamoa Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review about your stay with us at Papamoa Beach TOP 10.
It’s nice to hear you had such a positive experience with us and we agree, the site S9 is the best spot!
We take pride in having high standards of customer service and providing a quality product to our guests.
Our BBq’s are cleaned twice daily and paper towels are provided to encourage guests to clean up after themselves, along with dishwashing liquid which can be found in all the kitchens.

We look forward to having you come back to stay with us.
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed January 24, 2013

We stayed in a tent on a large site overlooking the camping grounds. There are loads of things to do for the kids and all the facilities are excellent. Next to the awesome surf beach which is patrolled. Some of the best surf we have ever experienced. Very very strong current at times which made standing up difficult but the drag was along the beach rather than out to sea. Very friendly staff throughout the park. Lots of BBQ's and pristine washing facilities. The cabin accommodation looked to be top notch. There was a bit of a security issue with some locals entering the site from the beach next to the site but the problem was quickly dealt with by the park staff.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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PapamoaBeachTop10, Receptionist at Papamoa Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
We are happy that you had an enjoyable experience with us at Papamoa Beach TOP 10.
It’s great to hear that you felt safe when you were enjoying our beautiful beach.
We do our best to provide a safe and secure environment in our Resort and are constantly keeping our eye out where we can at the perimeter of the grounds.

We hope to have you come and stay with us again soon!
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Rotorrua
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2013

We spent to amazing nights in the beachfront rooms, The whole park has access to the beach in many area. We cannot wait to come back again. Our two sons loved the kids activities, at night kids in bed wife wanted to watch a movie, i did sneak away and saw they were playing the rugby from their amenities (which I had noticed on a sign earlier) so that was delightful as well.

Would recommend this to anyone

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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PapamoaBeachTop10, Receptionist at Papamoa Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us at Papamoa Beach TOP 10.
It’s lovely to hear that you had a nice family holiday with us in one of our Beachfront Villas. We aim to provide a positive family experience to all our guests and we are so pleased to hear that we are maintaining our goal.

We look forward to having you stay with us again soon!
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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed January 10, 2013

We stayed for 5 nights in a 2 bedroom garden villa. The location of the park is fabulous, right on the beach, no road to cross. Big supermarkets & shopping mall 200 metres away. Surf club next door for dinners. Fish & chips & bakery across the road. The Garden villa was located right next to the playground and jumping pillows, so our kids were within eye & ear shot and kept well entertained. The villa itself was very modern, very clean & spacious, with all the extras for "glamping in a camping resort" They get serviced daily. You certainly get what you pay for - Being high season too. It is so safe for the kids, they can ride around on their bikes, scooters...cars drive very slowly in the campground. The Kids club is worth a mention, as this time of year, they were fabulous, with water slides, amazing race, face painting, jumping castles, competitions etc...definitely would go back here...highly recommend :))

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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PapamoaBeachTop10, Reception at Papamoa Beach Resort, responded to this review, January 16, 2013
This is what we love to hear! We are so glad that we made your summer holiday a memorable one.
It is stories like this that motivate us to providing an even more enjoyable experience.

Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review of your stay with us here at Papamoa Beach TOP 10 and we hope to see you back here in April for the school holidays where you can save 30% off your stay if you book before the 10th of Feb.
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Property: Papamoa Beach Resort
Address: 535 Papamoa Beach Road, Papamoa 3118, New Zealand (Formerly Papamoa Beach Top 10 Holiday Resort)
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Papamoa
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Papamoa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Papamoa Beach Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As the only real beachfront complex in sunny Papamoa, Papamoa Beach Resort provides everything you need for a fantastic New Zealand beach holiday. Come sleep on the beach with us and wake up to the sound of the waves. Papamoa is the perfect location for swimming, surfing, fishing and strolling along miles of white sandy beach. Staying with us means relaxing and enjoying the spectacular panoramic sea views in the best possible way. ... more   less 
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