Tasman Holiday Parks

Tasman Holiday Parks Completes $65 Million in Acquisitions with First Move Into Victoria

Rapidly expanding tourism group Tasman Holiday Parks has completed $65 million in acquisitions this quarter, highlighted by the company’s first foray into the key Victorian market.

The settlement of four acquisitions for 2022 solidifies its foundations as the leading trans-Tasman operator of holiday parks.

The company has a further $120 million in holiday parks either under contract or in advanced pipeline in Australia, coupled with a further $30 million (NZD) in New Zealand.

The latest acquisitions have grown the Tasman Holiday Parks portfolio to 26 properties, with 21 in Australia and five in New Zealand. The number of revenue-generating sites has grown to over 4,000, positioning Tasman Holiday Parks to meet its target of doubling in size over the two years to the end of 2023.

The company, supported by a $300 million capital raising late last year, is tapping into rising demand from the tourism drive market for holiday accommodation in idyllic locations.

Tasman Holiday Parks has deployed more than $65 million in capital through acquisitions in the latest quarter, in addition to significant development investment.

The latest Australian acquisitions comprise two major investments in Western Australia, with Yallingup Beach Holiday Park and Yallingup Caves Holiday Park, highlighting WA as a key market for the company, positioning Tasman Holiday Parks for a domestic tourism boost as the nation celebrates WA’s long-awaited border reopening.

An award winning park in New South Wales has also joined the fold, with Tasman’s recent acquisition of BIG4 Ballina Headlands Holiday Park.

BIG4 Ballina has been notched up a string of awards, including the People’s Choice Award at the 2020 BIG4 Annual Awards, and more recently the Bronze Award in the People’s Choice Caravan Park of the Year at the 2021 Caravan Industry Association Awards.

The family-owned park has been tightly held for 25 years, developing a legacy which Tasman Holiday Parks CEO Nikki Milne said they were looking forward to continuing.

“We have a huge respect for the proud family history BIG4 Ballina possesses alongside being one of NSW’s most awarded holiday parks, and we are looking forward to playing an active role in maintaining this tradition moving forward,” she said.

Tasman is venturing into the Victorian market with the milestone acquisition of Riverglen Holiday Park in Geelong – a substantially sized, scalable holiday park comprising 125 permanent cabins.

Each of the newly acquired properties will further strengthen Tasman Holiday Parks’ position in market.

“The Geelong acquisition marks our first entry into the Victorian market as we continue to explore opportunities for key holiday parks across Australia and New Zealand,” said Ms Milne.

“The reopening of state borders in Australia has seen a surge in the domestic drive market which we believe will continue even with international travel restrictions also easing.

“Our operations in Australia have been performing extremely well. Victoria will play a key role in our expansion strategy, with our properties in the NSW Murray region showing continued strength and growth.

“We are well positioned in the New Zealand market with major investments underway as we prepare for the April 13 border reopening date.”

Tasman Holiday Parks’ proposed New Zealand acquisitions will add significant scale to the group’s New Zealand operations, taking the company’s total number of revenue-generating sites under management to almost 1,000 across its holiday parks in New Zealand.

“New Zealand remains a prime drive market for the group, and increasingly so as international borders reopen for the country, and we will continue to pursue new opportunities as they arise,” said Ms Milne.

Tasman Holiday Parks is also rapidly increasing its focus on development across its portfolio, led by the expansion of its premium holiday park holding at Racecourse Beach at Bawley Point on the NSW South Coast, with a strong development pipeline also commenced in QLD.

“We have an incredibly strong development pipeline across key assets in NSW, QLD and NZ, and we are preparing to invest a further $30 million in re-development in the year ahead,” said Ms Milne.

“Reinvesting in our acquisitions and recapitalising assets is an important part of the group’s growth strategy.”

Tasman Holiday Parks, which currently welcomes more than 325,000 guests a year across Australia and New Zealand, has now invested a total of more than $350 million in acquisitions and development activity since mid-2020.

5 Events to Enjoy on Your Waihi Beach Holiday

Check out these Waihi Beach events to enjoy on your beachside holiday.

The beautiful Waihi Beach has plenty on offer, with boutique shopping, restaurants with a view, and of course the white sandy beaches. Enjoy paddleboarding, a coastal walk, or grab coffee and watch eager surfers from one of the beach’s cafes. Located in the Bay of Plenty, Waihi Beach is the spot to visit for white sand beaches, sea views, surfing, and more.

Waihi Beach is also home to events galore! This coastal town has lots to keep you busy at anytime of the year. Need an excuse for a break, or something to keep you busy on holiday? Look no further! Here are 5 upcoming events to enjoy on your Waihi Beach getaway…

Waihi Beach Sunday Market

Where and when:

When: Every Sunday from Labour weekend until Easter, 9:00am to 1:00pm.

Where: Wilson Park, Citrus Ave, Waihi Beach.

Held every Sunday from Labour weekend until Easter, the Waihi Beach Sunday Market is the perfect way to kickstart a relaxing Sunday in Waihi. The market runs from 9am to 1pm at Wilson Park on Citrus Ave, and offers a variety of stalls. Everything from organic produce to homewares and clothing. It’s the perfect way to support local small businesses and find something unique as a souvenir for your Waihi holiday!

The market is an easy 20-minute stroll from Tasman Holiday Parks – Beachaven, a peaceful retreat close to everything Waihi has on offer. Beachaven offers fun for the whole family. Enjoy dog-friendly accommodation, a playground, pizza oven, and everything you need to enjoy Waihi.

Find out more about the Waihi Beach Sunday Market here.

BP Surf Rescue North Island Championship

Get in on the action at the BP Surf Rescue North Island Championships!

Photo from Waihi Beach Lifeguards.

Where and when:

When: Saturday 26th March 8:00am

Where: Waihi Beach Surf Lifesaving Club – 2 Beach Road, Waihi

Get in on the action at the BP Surf Rescue North Island Championships! Known for its hard and fast racing, this event is one of the largest Inflatable Rescue Boat racing competitions on the Surf Life Saving calendar.

Located right on Waihi Beach, this event is hard to miss and will be one of the highlights of your Waihi Beach visit, and fun for the whole family.

Still looking for your dream holiday escape accommodation? Located right next to the Surf Life Saving Club is Tasman Holiday Parks – Waihi Beach, the perfect family getaway spot. With an outdoor pool, spa, sauna, and everything to complete your holiday, Tasman Waihi Beach is conveniently located close to the beaches and town.

Find out more about the BP Surf Rescue North Island Championship here.

Waihi Beach North End Mining History Walk

Where and when:

When: Sunday 10th April 9:00am.

Where: Meet at the Waihi Beach Surf Club carpark.

Join guide Ian Robinson for a two-hour walking tour to discover the history of Waihi Beach Gold Mining and the Treasure Island Reef! This walk is part of The Echo Walking Festival 2022, running from the 9th-24th April. With a variety of walks from the Coromandel to Kaimais, the festival allows you to explore

The Waihi Beach walk is graded a 3, with children over the age of 10 years welcome to join with a parent or guardian. Bring food, drink and appropriate shoes with you.

Find out more about the Waihi Beach North End Mining History Walk here.

Surf Weekend at Waihi Beach

Where and when:

When: Friday 22nd April – Monday 25th April

Where: Waihi Beach Surf Club

Have you always dreamed of learning to surf? Now’s your chance!

Join the Surf Weekend at Waihi Beach for a weekend of learning to surf and having fun, suitable for all experience levels. Whether you’re a complete beginner or have surfed a few times, this is the event for you.

Tasman’s Waihi Beach and Beachaven holiday parks are both great locations for your surfing holiday. Pich a tent and enjoy modern shared facilities, or check out the range of cabins and motels available to find what suits you best.

Find out more about Surf Weekend at Waihi Beach here.

The Nugget Multi Sport Festival

Save the date for The Nugget in 2023!

Photos from The Nugget.

Where and when:

When: Saturday 13th May 2023

Where: Waihi Beach

While the Nugget Multi Sport Festival has been cancelled for 2022, save the date for 2023! The Nugget Multi Sport Festival has been around for over 12 years. This race can be enjoyed by anyone, individually or in teams, with several options for people of all experience levels.

The Full Nugget MultiSport Race takes you from the town centre of Waihi on an incredible adventure to the Tauranga Harbour, Waihi Beach, along coastal trails and farmland, and more. It’s the perfect reminder of how amazing New Zealand nature is.

The Nugget Multi Sport Festival is a charity event, run by volunteers and local community members. Each year the event raises around $10,000 for local charities and community organisations.

There are 5 options for the event:

  • Full Nugget MultiSport Race — Road Bike + Kayak + Trail Run + MTB, for individuals or teams.
  • Half Nugget Duathlon — Trail Run + MTB, for individuals or teams.
  • 23 km Trail Run/Walk.
  • 10 km Trail Run/Walk.
  • 6 km Trail Run/Walk.

If you’re looking for a challenge, schedule in the Nugget Multi Sport Festival for 2023, or head along to support this incredible event.

Find out more about the Nugget Multi Sport Festival here.

Book your Waihi Beach accommodation now

Enjoy these great events and more at Waihi Beach.

Where to stay in Waihi Beach?

Want to relax poolside in the morning before wandering down to the beach for the afternoon? Book your stay at Tasman Holiday Parks – Waihi today!

Looking for a pet-friendly escape for the whole family? Tasman Holiday Parks – Beachaven has you covered as one of the only pet-friendly holiday parks in Waihi Beach.

Ten Tasman Kids Holiday Activities to Keep Them Entertained

With school holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about where to go. However, travelling with the kids in tow can be a little daunting. What happens if they don’t like the destination, get bored and nothing interests them?

Staying at a Tasman Holiday Park is a safe bet. We have plenty to keep kids of all ages entertained with special school holiday programs and a range of fantastic facilities. Here are just ten activities that are part of our school holiday program. We have also listed our holiday parks where you will find these fantastic programs.

Fun school holiday programs the kids will love

1. Leaf Characters

The kids will love getting creative and making art from nature. Kids will search the holiday park to collect fallen leaves of different shapes, sizes, and colours. They can then create leaf characters by drawing little faces on their leaves. A great way to get creative whilst making new friends.

2. Pet Rocks

Pet rocks are taking the world by storm. Kids love collecting rocks, painting them, then hiding them for others to find. That’s why we got on board with this latest trend and made it part of our school holiday program. Kids will receive rocks and paints to decorate as they wish. They can take their new pet home with them as a little souvenir or hide them for someone else to find.

3. Pool Party

What better way to make new friends than with a pool party. Soak up the sun with giant inflatables, pool games, water pistols and good-time tunes. Don’t forget to slip, slop, slap. Take some happy snaps of your memorable moments and share them with #mytasmanmoment.

4. Colour Hunt

Here’s a fun game the whole family can enjoy, a colour hunt. Kids will receive a colour-hunt worksheet. They can use this to identify colours around the holiday park. A fun little game for all ages.

5. Colouring-in competition

Who doesn’t love a colouring-in competition? It keeps the kids occupied for hours, helps develop fine motor skills and concentration, and get their creative juices flowing. Plus, think of the sense of accomplishment they’ll feel when finished, or better yet if they win.

6. Biscuit Decorating

Unleash the kid’s inner artist with a no-cook decoration activity. Kids will receive tasty biscuits to decorate with icing, sprinkles, lollies, and other sweet treats. The best part about this activity is they get to eat them at the end – yummy.

7. Puppet Show

Create your own puppets and perform a puppet show for your new friends. This is a perfect way for the kids to meet others their age. It encourages teamwork and social skills as they develop characters and a story. Create puppets from socks, googly eyes and a wild imagination.

8. Design a T-Shirt

Forget hitting the souvenir store for a tacky tee you’ll never wear. Get the kids to create their very own shirt. They can decorate the shirts provided with fabric paint, glitter, and stick-on letters until their heart’s content.

9. Hopscotch

Have a little bit of old-fashioned fun with a classic game of hopscotch. Kids split into two teams and race down the chalk-drawn path. A little bit of healthy competition amongst new friends.

Keep the kids entertained these holidays.

10. Pom-Pom Racetracks

Get ready to go racing with Pom-Pom Racetracks. Race pom-poms down a track outlined by electrical tape by blowing them through a straw. Guide them down twist and turns until you reach the finish line. The team that finishes first will be crowned the winner.

Which Tasman Holiday Parks run school holiday programs?

Here’s a list of Tasman Holiday Parks that have school holiday programs. There is plenty of fun for the adults too with movie nights, wine, and cheese tastings, walking club and bingo.

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Tasman’s Merool on the Murray

You’ll have no trouble keeping the family entertained at Merool on the Murray. We have a range of amenities including a resort-style swimming pool, games room, playground, two jumping pillows (because two is better than one), and giant chess.

We have accommodation options to fit the whole family. Our cabins sleep up to six people or you can setup camp at our campsites.

Tasman’s Moama on the Murray

This holiday park is absolute heaven for kids. The kids will spend hours testing their ninja skills on the ninja course, racing around the Grand Prix scooter track, splashing about in the water park and swimming pool, or playing a game of mini golf. There is a pump track, pedal carts, basketball courts, soccer nets and canoe hire.

Accommodation options include one, two- and three-bedroom villas and units sleeping up to eight people.

Tasman’s Nambucca Heads

The kids will absolutely love our holiday park in Nambucca Heads. You’ll have to drag them away from the waterslides and swimming pool to try the other activities on offer. There is a wading pool for the littlies, adventure playground, jumping pillow, Goanna Cove family entertainment area, kids club, games room, pedal buggies, badminton, sports equipment, and a board game lending library. After a fun day filled with laughter and sunshine, finish the day at our indoor and outdoor movies that run seasonally.

We have accommodation options that suit everyone. We have studios, cabins, boat houses, villas, beach huts and surf shacks that can sleep up to six people. There are campsites as well as ensuite sites for the happy campers. The family doggo doesn’t need to miss out on all the action as this is a pet-friendly caravan park.

Take a break in New South Wales these holidays.

Tasman’s Racecourse Beach

There are plenty of boredom busters here with an adventure playground, kids’ activity centre, swimming pool, tennis court, basketball court, jumping pillows, bike riding, and board games and book swap. The kids will love roasting a marshmallow over a fire pit whilst sharing a few campsite stories.

There’s villas and cabins with beachfront options. Our villas and cabins can accommodate the whole family sleeping up to eight people. We have campsites close to the beach so you can wake to the sounds of the ocean.

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Tasman’s Airlie Beach

For a holiday the kids will never forget, stay at Tasman Holiday Parks – Airlie Beach. The kids will love exploring the park driving around in a pedal buggy. Get up close and personal with the birds during our daily bird feeding. There is the resort and toddlers pool, bike hire, mini-golf, and a half tennis court with free racquet hire.

Accommodation options range from motel rooms, cabins and villas sleeping up to six people. There are ensuite, powered, and unpowered sites for pitching a tent or parking your caravan.

Tasman’s South Mission Beach

For a tropical getaway the kids will love, stay at Tasman Holiday Parks – South Mission Beach. The kids will want to play all day long in our beautiful rock fringed pool and waterslide. There is a shaded playground, games room, and a half tennis and basketball court.

We have a range of accommodation styles to choose from including self-contained cabins and villas with idyllic beach or garden views. There are powered and unpowered sites for the perfect camp setup.

Escape for a seaside Queensland getaway.

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Tasman’s Waihi Beach

Waihi Beach offers hours of entertainment without ever leaving the park. Kids can hang out in the kid’s indoor hangout area, under-fives games room, heated swimming pool and spa, outdoor playground with jumping pillow, or outdoor giant chess.

Accommodation ranges from cabins, units, or motel rooms overlooking the park or beach. Our rooms sleep up to eight people making it easy to fit the whole family. To camp out under the stars we have powered sites with beachfront options.

Get the whole family together, choose a destination, book it in, and get excited for a fun trip away these school holidays.

Why Finishing Your Day Hiking Te Anau in a Hot Tub and Sauna is Just What you Need

Spend all day exploring Te Anau then finish off with a relaxing spa and sauna

Who doesn’t love a relaxing hot tub? Especially after a full day hiking the many wonderous tracks in Te Anau. Relax in the warm water as it soothes your sore muscles. Top it off with a cold beverage in hand, followed by some time in a hot sauna and you have yourself the ultimate relaxation experience. Read on to learn more about the adventures you can have in Te Anau and how a spa and sauna is the perfect way to top off a magical day.

Who doesn’t love a relaxing hot spa?

Te Anau is the perfect place to base yourself to explore Milford Sound

Imagine spending your day hiking and exploring one of the eighth wonders of the world, Milford Sound. Lose yourself in some of the world’s most vivid wilderness where cliffs rise from dark inky waters, mountains disappear into the clouds and waterfalls plunge from great heights. Choose from several tracks or do the whole 53.5 kilometres over four days.

Kepler Track

Another great option is Kepler Track, a 61.2-kilometre loop trail. For the adventurous type, you can complete this hike in about four days. The track will take you along beautiful ridge lines with epic views of mountains, lakes, and wilderness. It’s literally like your walking on top of the world.

For most of us, a 61.2-kilometre hike seems a little beyond our limits. Luckily, the track is broken up into sections so you can choose tracks based on your fitness level.

Kepler Track is one of New Zealand’s Great Walks.

Routeburn Track

For the ultimate alpine adventure set off along the Routeburn Track. This track is 31 kilometres long winding through snow-capped mountains, glistening lakes, deep valleys, and past the turquoise blue waters of Routeburn River. Soak in stunning views over Mt Tutuko as you climb towards the highest peak, a whopping 1,255 metres above sea level. This hike can be completed in about three days with the option of doing several smaller tracks instead.

Te Anau Lakefront Track

Take an easy walk alongside Lake Te Anau. Gaze out over this stunning lake as you walk towards Te Anau township. This half an hour walk follows the lakeshore past the main shopping centre and the boat harbour at Bluegum Point. For a longer walk, continue for a three-hour return trip to Upukerora River. Take in beautiful scenery of Murchison Mountains and Fiordland National Park.

Take an easy walk alongside Lake Te Anau.

Lake to Lake Track – Te Anau to Manapouri

For from one gorgeous lake to another, walk from Lake Te Anau to Lake Manapouri. This is a 28-kilometre walk and just like the other tracks, there are many beautiful sights to see. Start your walk at the Department of Conservation visitor centre and head towards Waiau River until you reach the control gates to the Fiordland National Park.

Plan ahead

No matter what trail you intend on exploring, make sure you plan ahead of time. Some tracks require you to make a booking with the Department of Conservation in advance, and some require bookings for accommodation. Be mindful of seasonal restrictions when booking your trip. Finally, know your limits and make sure you have all the right gear.

Finish your day right

After a day exploring the Fiordland National Park and Lake Te Anau, you’ll no doubt be feeling sore and tired from an adventurous day. Finish the day right with a private, wooden barrel hot tub overlooking the picturesque Lake Te Anau. The lake is as still as glass mirroring the magnificent snow-capped mountains that tower from above. Feel your body and mind relax as you sink a little deeper whilst breathing in that beautiful mountain air. Feel your muscles start to relax and finish your restoration session with some time in a Scandinavian inspired barrel sauna. 

The heat from the sauna helps to relax the body further. It can improve circulation promoting the release of endorphins leaving you feeling relaxed, happy, and glowing from head to toe. It’s great for the body and mind to sit in a calm and quiet environment restoring your body and soul.

Feel your body and mind relax in the sauna and hot pool.

Where can you experience a hot spa followed by a peaceful sauna in the beautiful Te Anau?

At Tasman Holiday Parks – Te Anau. Book your private spa session ahead of time to avoid disappointment. Available for guests only, it costs $30 for two people for a 45-minute session and $10 per additional person. The sauna is complimentary for guests and available for a 30-minute session.

To ensure the safety of our guests, we take hygiene very seriously. The spa is emptied at the end of every day. It is thoroughly cleaned and refilled the following day ready for the first session. In between each session, we scrub the spa and top up the water when needed.

Where to stay in Te Anau?

Tasman Holiday Parks – Te Anau has great amenities to keep the kids entertained like a jumping pillow, games room, playground, TV room, bikes, and go-karts to hire plus more.

Accommodation options are available for everyone’s needs and budgets. Camp out under the stars with powered and non-powered campsites, or enjoy all the comforts of home with our units, lodges, cabins, motel rooms, apartments and houses available.

Best On-Site Cafes To Grab Your Morning Coffee

There’s nothing quite like that first sip of coffee or the smell of freshly ground beans in the morning. Words can’t espresso how important it is for us coffeeholics to have a café at arm’s length with good coffee – because let’s face it, we don’t function without it. Being on holiday is no exception, we still need good coffee to start the day right. That’s why we have listed a few holiday parks across Australia that have amazing coffee on-site. You can feel rest assured you won’t go without a good cuppa on your next holiday.

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Tasman Holiday Parks – Cairns Cool Waters

Escape the hustle and bustle and stay in a tropical oasis at Tasman Holiday Parks – Cairns Cool Waters. This peaceful Cairns caravan park has an on-site café where you can enjoy your morning coffee with mountains and tropical trees as your backdrop. Grab a takeaway and sit by the banks of the freshwater creek that surround this holiday park or visit the turtles at the turtle sanctuary – so many beautiful spots to enjoy that morning cuppa joe.

Wander from your cabin or campsite down to Elva’s Cafe.

Tasman Holiday Parks – South Mission Beach

Located just two hours south of Cairns, is the beautiful South Mission Beach. Stay at Tasman Holiday Parks – South Mission Beach and enjoy your morning coffee with a beachfront view. The on-site café is a little oasis where you can gather your thoughts and prepare to start your day in paradise. Why not grab a takeaway and sit by the pool or beach while the kids have a morning dip. After your morning jolt, you are ready to explore all that South Mission Beach has to offer.

Tasman Holiday Parks – Rollingstone

Rollingstone is a 40-minute drive north of Townsville. Whether you’re taking a weekend break or escaping the southern winter, you’ll find everything you need on-site including freshly brewed coffee. The CRO Café and Cocktail Bar serves fantastic coffee for that morning pick me up, and beer, wine, and cocktails for the evening wind down. After your morning coffee, enjoy your days swimming, fishing, and exploring the Great Barrier Reef or the city of Townsville.

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Tasman Holiday Parks – St Helens

Stay with us in Tasmania’s magical St Helen’s with the breathtaking Bay of Fires on your doorstep, and a hot cup of coffee available from the onsite café. Parkside Bar and Kitchen is the perfect place for your caffeine fix with stunning views overlooking Georges Bay. The lunch and dinner menu will tempt you to return with delicious pasta, pizzas, burgers, pork belly, kid’s meals, and more.

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Tasman Holiday Parks – Yallingup Beach

In the south of Western Australia, you will find the stunning seaside town of Yallingup. Pristine beaches, rugged coastline, walking trails, national parks, whale watching, unique wildlife, fishing, heritage sites, and good coffee are all a stone throw away. Take a stroll to the cafe across the road for your morning fix. From here you can plan out the day’s itinerary exploring the Margaret River region.

Dine on delicious local morsels.

Tasman Holiday Parks – Yallingup Caves

Nestled alongside the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, you will find Tasman Holiday Parks – Yallingup Caves. You will be surrounded by nature and some of the best scenery around with the added bonus of good coffee just across the road. Pop over to the Yallingup General store and Cafe for an early coffee and a delicious homemade muffin. Enjoy your coffee in the beautiful fig tree garden whilst you map out the day.

Book your next stay with us and may your mornings be brew-tiful.