The Tahuna Beach Holiday Park is a massive campground complex with numerous accommodation options. It is located 10-15 minutes (driving) south of the city of Nelson, in Tahunanui, where there are nice sandy beaches, a small zoo, and some theme-park style attractions including a water slide, bumper boats, go karts, etc. There are several decent-to-excellent restaurants within walking distance.
This review is for the self-contained units, which were NZ$110 per night when we stayed there on Saturday 15th September 2012. We wanted two units adjacent to each other, so we called to book, which was easy enough but we did not receive any type of confirmation (an e-mail would have been nice). Check in was easy; just stopped at the office and paid, received the keys and a card to open the gate. The self-contained units are behind and to the right of the entrance, near the play area, min golf, etc.
The units had two bedrooms, one with a queen and the second with two twin beds. They had a "bath room" with no bath but with a large, modern shower stall with Shower Dome (very nice addition), a vanity/basin, and a separate toilet room with another small basin. In the combination lounge/dining area there was dining table with six chairs, a flat screen TV (basic Sky channels, no DVD player), a small 3-seater sofa and 2-seater loveseat. and a heat pump. A ranch slider opens onto a small wooden covered deck/porch, with parking right outside the unit.
The units were minimally but adequately stocked, with sheets, pillows and pillowslips, electric blankets, four towels, two hand towels, face cloths; in the kitchen, there was a small refrigerator (too small for stays longer than a couple of days), electric kettle, toaster, coffee plunger (french press), electric fry pan, and hob with two electric heating elements. The usual "motel selection" of coffees and teas were present, as was a small bottle of milk in the fridge. There was the bare minimum in cookware, plates, bowls, cups, etc. No dishwasher or waste disposal, and no laundry in unit (but laundry facilities are available in the park - we did not inspect them so cannot comment).
The units were very clean and tidy, and were comfortable once we got the heat pump going. Linens and furnishings were above average for this price/category of unit. The main disappointments were no DVD players in the room or to hire, and the "store" adjacent to the park's office had a very limited selection (they did not stock paper towels or serviettes). There are two dairies nearby, but they too have limited opening hours.
All in all, excellent units and great value for the price. We have stayed at three or four other four-star motels in the area, and would choose to stay here again over any of those.
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