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Your guide to CampSaver in the central North Island

The Bay of Plenty, Waikato & Hawke's Bay

Travel across the Bay of Plenty, around the Waikato and over to the Hawke's Bay as you experience the best these regions have to offer. Boasting white sand beaches, tranquil lakes, rapid rivers and - if you're into cycling - there's trails aplenty to enjoy in the Bay of Plenty; such as Rotorua's exciting mountain bike parks to the more sedate terrain of the Dunes Cycle Trail, near Opotiki. It's the tourism centre of the North. 

Pretty much wherever you go in the Waikato you'll find outdoor activities to suit every taste. Stretching from the bombay hills and all the way down to Mt Ruapehu, embrace the beauty of the waikato region boasting New Zealands largest Lake (Lake Taupo) and River (Waikato River), Tongariro National Park.

Best known in the North Island as the region with beaches, wineries, and is New Zealand's official 'Art Deco Capital'. The climate and layout make it perfect for easy cycle trails and is the first stop on the classic New Zealand Wine Trail. 

We'll be featuring all Campsaver Campgrounds by region over time, keep an eye out for further articles, including next week’s Canterbury Area! For more information about the Campsaver Program, click here.

Island View Holiday Park (CDS, #2998)

6 Appleton Rd, Waiotahi Beach

One of the main driving forces behind the CampSaver NZMCA initiative, stemmed from the ongoing success of Island View Holiday Park’s off-season. In 2018, Chief Executive Bruce Lochore came across the campground gem, in a prime, absolute beachfront location on stunning Waiotahe Beach, Opotiki. The park has unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean, directly overlooks White Island, has a tennis court and swimming pool, and provides a relaxed atmosphere with generous free leisure facilities. In a nutshell – MAGIC. While staying there, Lochore discovered that Opotiki were offering an incredibly low off-season discount to NZMCA members. Excited by this approach, CampSaver was created to encourage members to travel more during the off-season.

"Recently stayed at this amazing camp which is right next to the beach. Excellent facilities including a brilliantly updated shower and toilet block designed in a Balinese style- breathtaking. Free powerful showers and free wifi. Excellent value for all the family. Great swimming pool too. Definitely recommended. We will be back!" - Carolyn

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Whakatane Holiday Park (CDS, #2875)

1 McGarvey Rd, Whakatane

Whakatāne Holiday Park is centrally located and only a short walk or cycle along the Whakatāne river pathway to cafes, restaurants and the White Island Tours departure point. Visit NZ’s only active marine volcano or take a 5-minute drive to the much loved Ohope Beach. Enjoy Whakatane’s many walking & cycling tracks, visit the famous ‘Lady on the Rock’ statue and explore ‘the Kiwi Capital of the World’.

"Just spent three nights here. The Camp Saver deal was brilliant. THE best showers ever, wonderfully hot, free and water pressure to die for. Good size sites, super close to town, New World, The Hub and a great cycle path. Helpful, friendly staff. We'll be back." - Dave

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Tirohanga Beach Holiday Park (CDS, #2995)

743 SH35 Tirohanga, Opotiki

It’s the last accessible gentle sloping white sand beach before the Raukūmara Ranges meet the ocean, the coastline becomes rocky and the beaches stoney. We've remained true to traditional Kiwi Beachfront Camping with shady campsites an open mind to outdoor activities and philosophy of affordable prices for New Zealanders. With our safe beachside location, para pool and large grounds there is plenty of room to spread out and relax.

"Such a friendly camp had a lovely lady check us in, nice and clean and a very short walk to the beach, we stayed for 2 nights. We got some lovely sunset photos-we will be back! #campsaver3" - Troy

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Rotorua Family Holiday Park (CDS, #3095)

22 Beaumont Rd, Rotorua

This family friendly park is only 3 minutes drive to Rotorua in a quiet location with no sulphur odour. Take a 5 minute stroll to Ngongotaha village to enjoy a coffee and snack from 3 cafes. We are the closest holiday park to Rotorua’s major tourist attractions. For anglers we sell licences and have a tackle shop, only 5 minutes walk to many local streams. Enjoy our facilities including free unlimited WIFI, free showers, outdoor BBQ area, spa and the kids will love our playground. Pet friendly.

"Very nice place, clean and unlimited wifi. Good kitchen. Definitely we will come back." - Daphne

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Turangi Holiday Park (CDS, #3431)

13 Te Reiti Tamara Gr, Turangi

Turangi Holiday Park is perfect for families, trampers, fishermen, skiers and those looking to unwind. There’s plenty of privacy and space to accommodate huge vehicles (11.5m+) at this dog-friendly park. Turangi, the gateway to the Tongariro National Park boasts three unique ski fields and is renowned for Trout fishing in the Tongariro river. The park is a great base for the Tongariro Alpine crossing, with transport available right from their front door.

"We enjoyed the overnight stay at your tree lined site, not feeling hemmed in by any surrounding urban housing. Clean facilities and easy to access dump station. Very friendly and helpful office staff. We recommend this camp ground as a definite stop over. Thank you for a great stay." - Michael & Juliet

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Riverside Motor Camp (CDS, #3661)

19 Marine Pde, Wairoa

Located in a park like setting, three words have come to identify this campground in the Hawkes Bay’s most northernmost town of Wairoa- clean, tidy and very friendly. If you’ve had your fill of the river-views, a supermarket and a kid’s park just around the corner for those winter days when there’s a bit of sun.

"VERY clean, tidy, sheltered with friendly owners and staff. Close to supermarket and coffee shops. Check out the beautiful Sushi at Arigato Mum's Sushi on the main St and Oslers Bakery Ginger loaf." - Paul
"A really nice camp and well looked after. The supermarket is only 5 mins walk away and the town has smartened up a lot since I was last there. The owners have been there for over 20 years. I certainly would go back." - Peter

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Waipatiki Beach Holiday Park (CDS, #3718)

498a Waipatiki Rd, Napier

Waipatiki Beach Holiday Park is situated 30 mins north of Napier and accessed through a farm suitable for large vehicles where horses can be accommodated by arrangement. The park overlooks Waipatiki Beach, only 250m away, offering swimming, surfing, fishing or diving, with a nearby freshwater stream and small boats that can be launched from the beach. The many coastal and bush walks are well worth exploring with cycleways nearby.

"What a wonderful place- in so many ways. There are beautiful bush walks, a lovely lagoon, stunning bird life, and, most importantly, wonderful hosts. Very inviting and so helpful! I can only recommend this place, its worth every inch of the windy road that you need to travel to get there." - Julja

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Napier Beach Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels (CDS, #3770)

10 Gill Rd, Bay View, Napier

A park like setting on the Bayview coast overlooking Port Napier, on 9 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds incorporating Motels, Units, Cabins, Campground powered and unpowered sites. A full range of facilities are provided plus our very own licenced ‘Snapper Café’ providing a full menu and outstanding coffee. We enjoy direct access to the Bayview to Napier cycleway - 4kms to airport, 5.5kms to Ahuriri restaurants and 7kms from Napier.

"What a great spot, roomy private sites, v friendly staff and clean modern facilities, excellent cafe on site! Good to support new owners and fellow NZMCA members. Many thanks, we’ll be back." - Bruce

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Clifton Motor Camp (CDS, #3869)

495 Clifton Rd, Clifton Beach, Hastings

This motorcamp is the last stop, in an ideal beachfront location, situated at the end of the road before veering off to Cape Kidnappers. Only 20 minutes from Hastings or Napier, check out the nearby gold course, gannet colonies, Elephant Hill or Clear View wineries. Head over the road to the tasteful Hygge at Clifton Bay, Café.

"Stayed here for 2 nights using Camp Saver. Adam is a super friendly host and ensured we enjoyed our stay. We didn’t use the facilities as we’re fully self sufficient but did check them out and everything was super clean. Totally recommend staying here." - Gaye

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River’s Edge Holiday Park (CDS, #3931)

26 Harker St, Waipawa

Travel south from Hastings on SH2 to the holiday park on the literal edge of the Waipawa River. Only 100m to the village, golf course, tennis courts and bowling green. Enjoy the seclusion of the park, with 50 powered sites, a BBQ area and a playground, it’s the perfect place to stop off before your descent into the Wairarapa.

"This is a great campground to stay at with campsaver deal. Old but always kept tidy. Short walk to town. Great staff. Waipawa butchery in town is really nice" - David
"Great campground, friendly hosts, clean facilities and great kitchen to cook our chocolate self saucing pudding." - Kirsty

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Be in to WIN if you stay, comment and hashtag (#campsaver3)

Three great years of giving members savings and camping-grounds additional business when they need it the most, is definitely worth celebrating.

And in celebration of that, we're giving away amazing prizes that would certainly come in handy for your winter journeys ahead.



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