Family Friendly Ohope Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park

Plenty of signs point to ‘Ohope: NZ’s Most Loved Beach’. We spent a week on a powered site at Ohope Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park, a short walk over the dunes to Ohope Beach. While Ohope didn’t take the title of our most loved beach from Waikanae Beach in Gisborne, we did find one of the most family friendly holiday parks we’ve ever stayed in.

Ohope: NZ's Most Loved Beach

Ohope: NZ’s Most Loved Beach

Father Christmas and his helper arrived at 11am on Christmas Day with a sack full of presents for all the children under 8. One lovely little girl sang Father … Read the rest

Gisborne – our ‘go to place’ for sunshine

We often wondered about people who went to the same destination every year for a holiday, it didn’t seem like something we would do. Then one year we went to Gisborne and turned into the sort of people we wondered about. We don’t go every year, more likely every second, but it’s the one place we return to regularly. Given I recently resurrected Driving the East Cape¬†from Gisborne to Opotiki, I thought I’d share some of what makes Gisborne a favourite destination for us.

Waikanae Beach, Gisborne

Waikanae Beach, Gisborne

The weather – It seems every Christmas/New Year in one part of … Read the rest

Soak and Stay at Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula

We were squatters at Hot Water Beach, a puncture and repair job in nearby Whitianga stole most of our soaking, and all of our digging time. We arrived spadeless and hoping for an abandoned hot pool. The sea had already started its push toward the high tide mark and fortunately for us some people had dug their free spa and moved on.

Abandoned pools

Abandoned pools

We sat in a big hot puddle and watched fierce waves in the distance. The waves would eventually wash away all evidence that we were here, in a hot pool of water surrounded by foreign accents … Read the rest

Climbing & Camping in Mount Maunganui

When we read that around 900,000 people walk or run around the base of Mauao (the dormant volcanic cone) in Mount Maunganui every year, I have to admit we were sceptical. It just seemed unlikely, but a few days camping at the base of Mauao at Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park showed us just how popular the walk around (and up) the mountain is.

View of Mauao from the Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park

View of Mauao from the Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park

We chose a camp site closest to the beach, just in front of the caravan was a path to one of the walking tracks, the people … Read the rest

Camping & Kaimoana in Maketu

Camping – Maketu Beach Holiday Park, 2 Town Point Road
Two tickets for Maketu Kaimoana Festival and a booking at the Maketu Beach Holiday Park and we were set for the night. We chose the holiday park closest to the festival and what a choice it was – if our caravan Rosie was any closer to the water she’d be floating (granted the few rocks below would have turned her into a leaky boat first).

Our caravan Rosie beachfront at Maketu Holiday Park

Our caravan Rosie beachfront at Maketu Holiday Park

It’s not just campers who get the superb location, there’s some cute little log cabins beachfront too. … Read the rest

Quirky Creeksyde Holiday Park – Unusual Accommodation in Queenstown

Curious, quirky and unusual all describe the facilities at Queenstown Top 10 Holiday Park Creeksyde. From the ‘Tapas Room’ barbecue pavilion to the trompe l’oeil (deceive the eye) murals in the communal bathrooms …..

Tapas Room BBQ Pavilion

Tapas Room BBQ Pavilion

Tapas Room BBQ Pavilion

Tapas Room BBQ Pavilion

The ‘Oast House’ communal bathrooms are built with timber recycled from an old brewery.

Oast House communal bathrooms

Oast House communal bathrooms

The trompe l’oeil (deceive the eye) murals inside ‘Oast House’ – mind the stairs in the mens room.

Mens bathroom - mind the stairs

Mens bathroom – mind the stairs

Girls get a Body Sanctum bathroom with the Skyline Gondola in the shower.

Body sanctum bathroom

Body sanctum bathroom

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Taking a shine to Hokitika

There are a list of reasons why I took a shine to Hokitika ………

Having a rest at Shining Star

Having a rest at Shining Star

Shining Star beachfront accommodation – It was camping with the animals that appealed to me – Highland cattle, alpacas, ducks, and a goat. A visiting free range rabbit made it an Old MacDonald’s Farm of sorts without the noisy sound track. We parked the caravan on a grassy site but there’s also log style accommodation¬†(some of it beachfront).

Log cabin style accommodation

Log cabin style accommodation

A beach to yourself – Shining Star is next to a driftwood strewn beach that you may … Read the rest