The holiday park is 2kms out of town and we were there to cycle the Hauraki Rail Trail so easy to cope with extra kms! It's a beautiful setting underneath Te Aroha Mountain. We stayed 3N at Poppy Cottage in a quiet corner of the property with an outdoor spa pool next door. Unfortunately we were told it was not available for use. The swimming pool area is very neglected but would be great if it was revamped. The grass tennis court is overgrown and unusable. The photos online of Poppy Cottage are misleading as the bright poppy curtains and bedspread were replaced with shabby brown curtains hanging off the tracks and a stained grey bed cover. The dead flowers in the kitchen jug made the place smell on arrival and if we hadn't prepaid we would have gone somewhere else. There is a small area in the cottage for luggage with 1 coat hanger, shelves and drawers. The unit has a brand new TV, an excellent shower, a good sized fridge and new kettle. The crockery is chipped. The towels are threadbare and shabby. There is no dish washing brush - just a rag for dishes and the bench. So bring your own! The insect dispenser was faulty so suggest you bring insect repellant/fly spray as on hot nights, the little critters are everywhere, along with wasps. The bed is soft but surprisingly comfortable and we slept well - maybe it was the 80kms bike ride to Paeroa and Waikino followed the next day by a climb up Te Aroha. There is a great outdoor confidence course within the grounds which would be fun for families.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Selection of different accommodation types, ranging from backpackers Cabins to modern apartments. Lots of privacy and space provided in this rural park, grazing farm animals surround this peaceful setting with uninterrupted mountain views. Free of charge WiFi and Hot pool on site operating in the evening. Cottages and Cabins with linen supplied to all double beds. Fantastic playground on tree-swings, flying fox, pedal go-karts. Choose us if you like the quiet countryside, only a short 3 minutes drive from Te Aroha coffee-shops and restaurants. Holiday Park with adventure playground, flying fox,tree swings, out of the ordinary. Motel type Cottages, Cabins and Backpacker caravans for the budget traveller. In addition we also offer camping sites, communal kitchen and showers plus toilets for those guests who prefer private cabins or caravans. Cook a Bar-be-que under our oak trees, use our special alfresco pool with hot mineral water, open all year between 6.30 Pm - 8.30 Pm under an umbrella of sparkling New Zealand stars. ... more less
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