Wow, whatever the former visitor actually is doing in New Zealand eludes me. If you start dreaming about a Tsunami, when camping below sealevel (in his mind, as the whole campground is safe and sound above the water level), what will he do in areas where other disasters, like vulcanic eruptions and eartquakes (not really uncommon in NZ) can disturb his sleep?
We found this park a breath of fresh air. There was a new owner since a few weeks, clearly intending to make a good and sound name for himself with a new toilet/washroom block. Yes, it meant there were only three toilets available, but also the number of campers was what you can expect in pre-season weeks.
It took us only 5 minutes by car to lovely Napier with its nice shops and restaurants, although the chef at the Snapper Cafe on the site itself also knew her business. Perhaps some longer opening hours in the evening would attract even the locals to what was on offer.
The sand dune or dike (I am Dutch, can you tell?) meant we were protected from the seabreeze, although in hot weather that might be a disadvantage, but I suppose we would be on the beach than anyway.
The beach, ah wonderfull, we actually saw an Orca and thought we saw Dolphins. Many people were fishing and I was told, that Snappers are actually caught here and many disappear on the barbie on site.
Surely a park that is worthy of another visit, no matter how friendly the staff is trying to help us find a spot, even when we come unprepared without a tent and having to walk to protect our fellow campers from choking them with our exhaust fumes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A clean, quiet, spacious and well maintained holiday park set on 9 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds on Bay View's beachfront. We are situated just 8km north of Napier i-SITE centre. We offer self-contained units with spectacular views, tourist flats, tent and powered sites. We have a fabulous new on-site cafe offering casual dining inside or outside in a lovely natural setting. Napier Beach Kiwi Holiday Park is great any time of year! ... more less
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