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Top 10 New Zealand Holiday Parks
1. Wagener Holiday Park
Dubbed as Houhora Heaven by visitors because of its natural beauty, Houhora heads has been one of the most popular camping grounds north of the Bay of Islands since the early 1900s. Today it is recognised throughout Northland as an affordable family camping ground and holiday park. The campsite is just 75km to the Cape Reinga lighthouse. They also offer guided horse treks along 90 mile beach.
2.Kai Iwi Lakes
The Taharoa domain is a 538 ha recreation reserve containing three freshwater lakes known as the Kai Iwi Lakes. It is situated 35km northwest of Dargaville. The domain can be reached by travelling along State Highway 12 to the junction of Omamari Road which is well signposted. It is a further 11km along Omamari Road and then Kai Iwi Lakes Road to the domain.
The Kai Iwi Lakes are popular for boating, diving, fishing, sailboarding, swimming, yachting and water skiing. An extensive walking track system has been developed within the reserve and there are sheltered camping and picnic facilities are also available.
3. Poukaraka Flats
This is a large, flat campground set back from a beautiful bay on Waiheke Island and child-friendly beach. The park offers a number of places to explore and escape. The camping areas are sheltered by native plantings which help ensure bird watchers get tent side viewing. To top it off, the park rangers give all visitors a friendly island welcome. A secret tip - plan a stay during the months of March, April and May (not only do you get a good chance of settled warm weather you might even get the place to yourself).
4. Riverside Holiday Park
Riverside Holiday Park is located just 100km north of Auckland Harbour Bridge, making it the perfect choice for your first or last night stop north of Auckland. The peaceful holiday park is set in manicured grounds fronting a private sandy beach on MangawhaiHarbour. The park has immaculate facilities, guest laundry, off-street parking, lots of open space, TV and games rooms, a kids playground plus two trampolines. It's also a short drive to the famous Mangawhai Tavern.
5. Port Jackson Camping Ground
At the northern tip of the Peninsula, this campsite is at the waters edge next to a beach. Maori archaeological sites are nearby including middens and a wahitapu (sacred) site. Explore the area by foot or relax on the beach.
Port Jackson Website
6. TeAroha Holiday Park
Make your own BBQ dinner under an umbrella of oak trees, play cards with friends and enjoy the back-to-nature camping experience, sleeping close to the earth under the "Mountain of Love" - Mount TeAroha. There is also a separate area especially for guests bringing dogs.
7. Waipatiki Beach Farm Park
Waipatiki Beach Holiday Park is situated 30 min north of Napier 12kms off SH2 Napier Wairoa Road (take Tangoio Road turnoff).
The holiday park is accessed through a farm with good access for large vehicles and overlooks Waipatiki Beach a golden sandy beach just 300m away. The park is terraced to make the most of the beautiful views. The sandy beach offers swimming, surfing, fishing, diving with the fresh water stream being popular with younger children. The many coastal and bush walks are well worth exploring with kahikatea trees, nikau palms and a redwood forest.
8. Pohara Beach Top 10 Holiday Park
This campsite is located at Pohara, Golden Bay at the top of New Zealand's South Island. They offer great beachfront camping with a mix of powered and unpowered sites. Come during the off-peak season and camp anywhere you like. Enjoy the great outdoors and a virtually private beach with all the comforts close at hand.
9. Hanmer River Holiday Park
They are a small, family-run Holiday Park, located just a few minutes drive on the way into Hanmer Springs. Close enough to be able to explore and experience everything the area has to offer and just far enough away to relax, unwind and leave the crowds behind.
10. Makarora Wilderness Tourist Centre
Tucked in under Mt Shrimpton, Makarora Tourist Centre with it's 'A' frame accommodation borders the Mt Aspiring World Heritage National Park. Across Sate Highway 6 and the licenced airstrip the Makarora River meanders it's way 10 kilometres to the head of Lake Wanaka. The little hanging valley, the Teal, looks down over the river towards the complex while the Wilkin and Young Valleys, with their towering mountains and native beech covered slopes, stand majestically to each side of the Teal.