Tasman Holiday Parks

Tasman Holiday Parks Supports the Papamoa Community Patrol

Tasman Holiday Parks is proud to support the Papamoa Community Patrol.

Tasman Holiday Parks is proud to support the Papamoa Community Patrol with a recent donation. The Papamoa Community Patrol works with local police to patrol the area during the day and night, helping to keep the area a safe and friendly place to live. Our Papamoa Beach holiday park is in the heart of Papamoa, so supporting the local community patrol is important to ensure the best experience for our guests.

Tasman Holiday Parks is committed to supporting local communities to help ensure safe, friendly, and clean locations for our guests. When you stay with us at Tasman Holiday Parks, we promise you will enjoy a holiday with friendly staff, clean facilities, and safe grounds to keep your holiday stress-free. We’ll sort the important bits, so you can focus on relaxing and creating beautiful moments! Check out more information about the Tasman Promise here.

Tasman Holiday Parks – Papamoa Beach is the ideal destination for a beachside escape. With camping sites only moments from the beach, you can park up or pitch your tent with views across the ocean. Make the most of our modern facilities, including all the essentials like clean bathrooms, a camp kitchen, and adventure playground, as well as extra luxuries like the spa pool and mini tennis courts. If camping isn’t your style, stay in one of our gorgeous villas.

What are you waiting for? Book your stay with Tasman Holiday Parks now.

Tips and Tricks for Whale Watching

Seeing a whale in the wild is a truly humbling experience. Watching something so gigantic breach the ocean’s surface and fall with an all-mighty splash is nothing short of magical. If you have never spotted a whale before, it can be hard to know what you’re looking for. There is definitely a technique to it and knowing the right spots, and time of year to do it is a start. Check out our whale watching tips to find out how you can spot a whale for an amazing experience that you’ll never forget.

Where to go

In Australian waters, there are 45 cetacean (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) species with Humpback and Southern Right Whales being the most commonly sighted. During their annual migration, you can spot them along the coastline in many locations. One of the best spots for whale watching is Hervey Bay and the Fraser Coast in Queensland. They visit the calm waters around Fraser Island with their calves to show them a thing or two about being a whale. The best way to spot a whale in Hervey Bay and Fraser Coast is onboard a whale watching boat. There are plenty of operators running tours to spot these majestic creatures splash about.

Hervey Bay is a haven for Humpback Whales

Another resting point for the whales is on the south coast of New South Wales in the clam blue waters of Jervis Bay. Join a whale watching cruise or take a drive along the coast where there are plenty of headlands and lookouts perfect for spotting a whale or two. Racecourse Beach in Bawley Point has a lookout on South Pacific Crescent which is the perfect vantage point to spot them frolicking about.

You can even spot whales closer to home. Whale watching in Sydney is rather popular with many vantage points along the coast and whale watching cruises. Take a walk up to Long Reef headland, North Head or Barrenjoey Lighthouse in the Northern Beaches or walk along the Bondi to Coogee walking trail or Federation Cliff walk in the Eastern Suburbs. There are many fantastic options for whale watching in Sydney.

Best time of year

Depending on where you are along Australia’s coastline, the best time of year to spot a whale is between May to November. In North Queensland the best time is between July and November, in southern Queensland between May and November, in New South Wales and Victoria between May and November, in South Australia between June and September, in Tasmania between May and July or between September and December, and in Western Australia between May and December.

The best conditions

The best conditions to spot a whale is when the sea is calm. It’s much easier to spot a splash or tail when the water is still. It can become difficult when the oceans surface is disturbed by rough seas and wind.

What to look for

When trying to spot a whale there are a few things you should be looking for.
Whales are mammals and breathe air through their nose which is located on the top of their head. As they surface, they blow out air which causes water to spurt up like a cloud of smoke.

When looking out to sea, start scanning from left to right nice and slow. Start with looking close to the shore working your way out to the horizon. Also look out for boats that are sitting still. Quite often they have stopped to look at something and that something could very well be a whale.

Be on the look out for a whale breaching. This is where they jump out of the water and land with an all-mighty splash. You may also spot whales slapping their tails on the oceans surface.

Get up close and personal

For an experience like no other, join a tour that takes you out to swim with these amazing creatures. A great place to do this is in Hervey Bay or Jervis Bay. Step off the boat into the ocean to watch these gentle giants glide past you. You may even hear them sing to each other.

Where to stay

If you are planning a holiday to either Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast, Jervis Bay, or Racecourse Beach for some whale watching, Tasman Holiday Parks have you covered. Every Tasman Holiday Park is secure, meticulously clean and designed to offer timeless holiday experiences in places of vibrant natural beauty. Choose from a range of accommodation to suit everyone’s needs and budget.

Book your stay with us today.

How to celebrate Matariki this year

Matariki signifies the beginning of the Māori New Year. Read more about what Matariki is and how you can celebrate!

What is Matariki?

Matariki marks the beginning of the Māori New Year and is signified by the Matariki cluster of stars appearing in the night sky. Matariki focuses on three main ideas – remembering the past and paying respects to those who have passed; celebrating the present day and being grateful for what we have; and looking to the future and planning for the year ahead.

The Matariki cluster of stars can be seen throughout the world at different times of the year and is known by several other names. In English, it is known as Pleiades, or the Seven Sisters, which is its ancient Greek name. In Hawaiian it is Makali’I, meaning ‘eyes of royalty’, and in Japan it is Subaru, meaning ‘gathered together’.

The Matariki star cluster is known to be one of the brightest clusters in the sky and contains hundreds of stars. Years ago, if the stars appeared clear and bright, it was thought to signify a great planting, harvesting, and hunting season ahead.

When is Matariki?

The date that Matariki takes place varies according to tribes and geography, however is usually between late May to early July. This year is the first year that Matariki is acknowledged as a public holiday in New Zealand on Friday 24th June 2022.

For future years, the Matariki public holiday may shift to align with the Maramataka however it will always be recognised on a Friday.

Where can you view the Matariki stars?

The best time to view the Matariki stars is early in the morning between 5:30am-6:30am. Matariki can be seen low on the horizon in the northeast of the sky. Check out this article for some tips on how to locate the star cluster!

Some of the best places to stargaze in New Zealand include Castlepoint, Lake Tekapo, Aramoana Heyward Point Track in Otago, and the Great Barrier Island tracks, although you can try locating Matariki from many other locations around the country too.

How to celebrate Matariki around New Zealand

There are plenty of ways to celebrate Matariki. Firstly, it’s a great chance to remind yourself of the three principles that the Māori New Year is centered around. Remember the past and those who are no longer with us, be grateful for the present, and look towards and plan for the future.

Encourage your friends and family to practice their te reo Māori. Try out this phrase in Māori – ‘Ngā mihi o Matariki, te tau hou Māori’, meaning Happy Matariki!

Another way to celebrate Matariki is by cooking kai (food). Use traditional Māori vegetables like kumara, taro, and puha, or enjoy some seafood or a hāngī! A hāngī is a feast cooked in an earth oven, and often includes food like chicken, lamb, and kumara. The food is placed on top of the stones and topped with dirt to trap in the heat and cook it.

Get involved in the community with various Matariki events around New Zealand. If you’re spending your long weekend at Tasman Holiday Parks – Christchurch, check out Tirama Mai, a lighting festival that celebrates Matariki. Christchurch’s Cathedral Square and the surrounding areas will be lit up with installations and projections between 24th June – 3rd July. Wrap up warm and enjoy the lights at night!

In Tauranga, only 20 minutes from Tasman Holiday Parks – Papamoa Beach, stand seven majestic poupou (carved figures). The figures represent the Matariki cluster of stars, and were created by local master carver, James Tapiata. Read more about them here and be sure to add them to your Bay of Plenty to-do list! Tauranga are also hosting a range of other events in the area over Matariki that are a great way to celebrate the holiday.

Heading away on a winter holiday down to Tasman Holiday Parks – Te Anau over the long weekend? Enjoy the Matariki Kai and Nighttime Nature Walk, or check out the other Matariki events around Fiordland.

Wherever you are this Matariki holiday, there is sure to be a local event or celebration that you can get involved with.

How to celebrate with Tasman Holiday Parks

If you’re staying at a Tasman Holiday Parks location over the Matariki long weekend, talk to our staff about entering our colouring competition. This is the perfect way to keep the kids busy and help educate them about Matariki.

Tasman Holiday Parks encourages you to take this time to reflect and spend time with your whanau and loved ones. Matariki is the perfect chance to enjoy some well-needed rest and be grateful for what you have, as well as thinking about the future and remembering the past. Gather with your loved ones, share stories and dreams, or write down your goals for the new year ahead.

Plan a holiday with your loved ones

If you don’t have any plans for Matariki and the long weekend yet, why not plan a weekend away with your family or loved ones? Check out our holiday parks around the country in inspired locations and plan your next getaway.

Australian Lions Hearing Dog Charity Fundraiser

Check out this great charity and learn about how Tasman Holiday Parks is getting involved!

Tasman Holiday Parks – Rollingstone is proud to support the Australian Lions Hearing Dog Charity. This incredible organisation helps to provide hearing assistance dogs to those in need, helping enhance the lives of many Australians.

About the Australian Lions Hearing Dog Charity

Did you know that one in six Australians suffer from some form of hearing loss? Over 400,000 people deal with isolating challenges of severe deafness every day, and the number of people experiencing hearing loss continues to rise. The Australian Lions Hearing Dog Charity (ALHD) helps to provide dogs to Australians in need, completely free of charge. Their work is more important now than ever!

Hearing aids and cochlear implants can be incredibly beneficial for those who experience hearing loss, however there are times where extra help is needed – which is where the Australian Lions Hearing Dogs make a huge difference.

ALHD have been providing dogs to hundreds of Australians since 1980, helping to train, deliver, and support the dogs. Each dog costs upwards of $37,000 to train and is gifted free of charge to its deaf or hard of hearing new owner.

The charity train promising young dogs to recognize sounds to alert a deaf or hearing-impaired person. The sounds include the doorbell, kettle, alarm clock, phone, and smoke detector. Having assistance with recognizing these sounds can make a huge difference in people’s lives, and even be lifesaving!

Help raise money with Tasman Holiday Parks

Given the cost involved with raising and training the dogs, the Australian Lions Hearing Dogs rely on donors, volunteers, and other supporters to continue providing their great services.

Tasman Holiday Parks – Rollingstone is proud to support the charity by hosting the ‘Numbers Game’ most Saturday nights. Guests at the park can get involved to help raise money for the charity by participating in the game, with a $2 entry fee. All donations will go towards the charity to help cover the costs associated with training the dogs.

Guests will have the chance to win a $100 voucher for accommodation at Tasman Holiday Parks, and $100 is donated to the charity to help raise the dogs and find homes for them. Talk to our friendly staff for more information about how you can get involved while staying at Tasman Holiday Parks – Rollingstone.

Townsville’s new dog, Mawson

Mawson is a Tenterfield terrier and the new dog for Townsville. Like all dogs that the charity trains, he costs $37,000 to train to the required standard. Mawson’s trainer will also spend a week with him and his new owner, to ensure a smooth and successful transition. These costs are only possible through the generous support from sponsors.

Check out other ways you can support and donate to this incredible charity here.

Stay at Tasman Holiday Parks – Rollingstone

Tasman Holiday Parks – Rollingstone is a pet friendly holiday park in Queensland, so you can bring your furry friends on holiday with you! This stunning park is situated right on the beach, with views overlooking Palm and Havana Islands. With beachfront camping sites, cabins and villas available, there is an accommodation type for everyone!

Enjoy being surrounded by nature, check out local reef snorkeling, or fish straight off the beach. Rollingstone is the perfect destination for a holiday.

Why Dunk Island is the Perfect Place to Take Your Family

Taking kids on holidays can sometimes be a stressful task. But it shouldn’t be like that, holidays are meant to be fun and exciting. So take the kids where island time is a thing and enjoy a tropical paradise where they can play amongst nature, swim in crystal blue waters and run on white sandy beaches.

Where is this tropical oasis you ask? Dunk Island, just four kilometres from Mission Beach in the Cassowary Coast Region of Queensland. Known as the island of peace and plenty you will find…. well…. peace, and plenty to do. Secluded, palm-fringed beaches to swim, snorkel, and dive, amazing nature walks through panoramic natural scenery, dense rainforests and more. It’s a nature lovers paradise and a great place to spend quality time with loved ones making beautiful memories.

Here are just a few reasons why a trip to Dunk Island is exactly what you and the fam need.

It’s easy to get to

Sometimes loading the kids in the car to drive a few hours to get somewhere can seem hardly worth the effort. Whereas travelling to Dunk Island from Mission beach is half the fun. It’s only a short ten-minute trip by water taxi on a ten-metre, fully enclosed boat. The kids with love soaring through crystal blue waters spotting seabirds along the way. Just be aware that you will need to wade through knee-deep water to board – that’s half the fun right. You can book a round trip and spend the morning, afternoon or a full day exploring the island as you please.

Escape to palm fringed beaches and tropical sunshine.

Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

Teach the kids a new skill and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. The best spot to snorkel is at Muggy Muggy Beach. From the pier, take a 20-minute walk through rainforest, woodland, and mangroves until you reach this quiet and secluded beach. The kids will love spotting marine creatures such as sea turtles, crabs, dugongs, plenty of fish, and a beautiful display of coral. Teach the kids the importance of the reef and our ecosystem whilst having a bonding day out on the water.

Great hiking trails

Dunk Island’s walking tracks wind through dense rainforest, woodland, and secluded beaches. For an easy three-kilometre walk take the track to Muggy Muggy Beach. For those up for more of a challenge take the Island Circuit track. This track is just over nine kilometres and will take roughly three hours to complete. This challenging walk will take you past Palm Valley and Coconut Beach until you reach lush rainforest. For a panoramic view over paradise, hike along the Mount Kootaloo track. This track is seven kilometres and will take about three hours to complete. The track is quite steep and winds up the 271-metre summit. The lookout is totally worth the climb looking out over the Family Islands and mainland. No matter what track you take, it’s a great day out in the great outdoors.

An abundance of wildlife

On your visit to Dunk Island, the family will love spotting the local wildlife. You will find a range of bird species, insects, reptiles, and mammals on this tropical island. One of the islands infamous critters is the blue Ulysses butterfly which has become a symbol of Dunk Island. Tell the kids to keep their eyes on the trees to spot tree snakes, insects, and birds as you explore this little slice of paradise.

Great swimming spots

One of the most picturesque spots on the island is the sand spit. This long sand bar has no rocks, and the water is crystal clear making it a great place to have a family dip. For a more adventurous swim, the kids (and big kids) will love jumping off the pier at Brammo Bay. Just make sure there aren’t too many fishermen before you launch yourself into the ultimate backflip.

Places to stay

For the real nature lovers, you can camp out under the stars on the island. There are dedicated camping areas with showers, toilets, and BBQ areas. For those that prefer their creature comforts, head back to the mainland and stay at Tasman Holiday Parks – South Mission Beach. Your home away from home offers an excellent range of facilities including a swimming pool, waterslide, playground, games room, half tennis and basketball court and more. Travel during the school holidays and the kids will enjoy our school holiday program jam-packed full of fun. Choose from self-contained cabins and villas on the beachfront, with idyllic beach views or overlooking our award-winning tropical gardens. This Mission Beach caravan park also has powered and unpowered sites to set up camp.

Book your stay today and you will be kicking your feet up, watching the kids play, and creating beautiful memories in no time.

Can you freedom camp in New Zealand?

New Zealand offers plenty of accommodation options to suit any budget and traveling style. Camping is the perfect way to enjoy nature!

Most people visit New Zealand to enjoy the beautiful nature and countryside. Whether you are planning to explore the beaches in the Far North, or take a trip down South to see the glaciers, there is something for everyone. It’s the perfect place to enjoy beautiful memories and reconnect with nature!

New Zealand offers plenty of accommodation options for travelers. From boutique glamping spots to farm stays and hotels, you can find a variety of accommodation types to suit your budget and traveling style. One of the more popular ways to travel New Zealand is camping. Locals and tourists alike love to get out and enjoy a camping holiday throughout the country.

Whether you’re pitching a tent beneath the stars, or parking up a campervan alongside one of New Zealand’s many beaches or lakes, camping can be a great way to explore. It allows you more freedom to experience nature and can also be a more cost-effective way to travel.

Many international tourists fly into Auckland or Christchurch, New Zealand’s two international airports, before picking up their motorhome or campervan to begin their adventure. But where in New Zealand can you park up and stay the night? Here is your guide to camping in New Zealand!

Camping is a great way to explore and immerse yourself in New Zealand nature.

Where can I freedom camp in New Zealand?

“Freedom camping” refers to camping on public land that isn’t otherwise recognized as a camping ground or holiday park. In some cases, freedom camping spots can be free or cost very little.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) in New Zealand has basic campsites around the country where you can stay for free. Most of these have bathroom and water facilities available, meaning that you don’t need to be self-contained. DOC also offer a variety of other campsites that have better facilities available, such as flushable toilets and showers, where you can stay for a small fee.

Some areas in New Zealand allow freedom camping for self-contained vehicles only, like motorhomes or campervans that are certified. If you rent a motorhome or campervan for your travels around New Zealand, most of these come fully equipped and self-contained already. If you want to get your own motorhome or campervan certified, you must get your vehicle certified.

However, it’s important to note that many areas in New Zealand have strict rules against freedom camping. Some areas might prohibit camping due to previous inappropriate freedom camping, conservation management, or dangers in the area. You must abide by these rules to ensure your safety and to help keep New Zealand clean. Camping in a prohibited area can result in a $200 infringement fee.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) offer a range of campsites around the country, ranging from free to around $20 per night, depending on the facilities offered.

Holiday parks in New Zealand

Holiday parks and camping grounds are a great option for your New Zealand adventure. Staying at a holiday park means you can easily pitch your tent or park up your motorhome, with access to all the facilities you could need for your trip. It takes the stress out of needing to find freedom camping spots, and holiday parks can still be an affordable option.

Holiday parks also offer a range of other accommodation options, like cabins and motel rooms, which are great options for families, couples, and solo travelers who need a little more room or extra facilities.

Staying at a holiday park in New Zealand means that you have friendly reception staff to help you make the most of your holiday too! Reception staff can help you with invaluable local knowledge, as well as assisting with booking activities and tours.

Waihi Beach

White sandy beaches, great surf, incredible hikes and cycling trails… The list goes on! Waihi Beach is the perfect spot for a beach getaway. Whether you’re after a romantic escape or family holiday, Waihi Beach has something for everyone to enjoy.

Stay at Tasman Holiday Parks – Beachaven and make the most of the great location, pizza oven, and kids’ zone. Or stay just down the road at Tasman Holiday Parks – Waihi Beach to enjoy the heated pool, gym, sauna, and spa for ultimate relaxation. Both parks are positioned within walking distance of Waihi Beach and everything the area has to offer.

Enjoy white sandy beaches, great surf, hikes and cycling trails in Waihi Beach.

Papamoa Beach

It really doesn’t get much better than camping right on the beach. Tasman Holiday Parks – Papamoa Beach allows you to park your campervan or pitch your tent with incredible sea views. The park offers clean and modern facilities, plenty to keep the kids entertained, tennis courts, and more.

Most beaches in New Zealand don’t allow freedom camping, so if you want to be as close to the sea as possible, a stay here is a must! With sweeping views across the beach and sea, it’s a truly unbeatable location.

Wander down to local restaurants and shops, take a dip in the ocean, or relax on the beach.

Camp right by the beach at Tasman Holiday Parks – Papamoa Beach.

Christchurch

Christchurch is the perfect spot for a metro escape. In the Garden City you’ll find plenty of spots to indulge in delicious food, fun activities for the whole family, and great shopping options. If you’re travelling through the South Island, it’s the perfect place to start or end your journey, or to base yourself for exploring the beautiful South.

Tasman Holiday Parks – Christchurch is within 20 minutes of all the city’s best attractions, and only a short walk away from restaurants, shopping, and more. Park up the motorhome or pitch the tent and be surrounded by trees and nature.

You’ll be surrounded by trees and nature at Tasman Holiday Parks – Christchurch.

Te Anau

If you are planning an escape down to the South Island, Tasman Holiday Parks – Te Anau is a must-visit. This stunning park is set right along the edge of Lake Te Anau, the gateway to the beautiful Milford Sound. Explore local hikes, biking trails, glowworm caves, waterfalls and more.

After a long day exploring, relax in the hot tubs or saunas while enjoying nature around you. Many people only visit Te Anau for a daytrip, but there is plenty to see and d. So it’s worth staying for a few days to experience the magic in this beautiful area!

Tasman Holiday Parks – Te Anau offers a range of cabins, motels, apartments, powered and non-powered sites to suit any holiday. With options for large groups, families, and couples, Tasman Holiday Parks – Te Anau will make your stay one to remember.

Relax in the hot tubs or sauna, hike local trails, and enjoy the beautiful scenery in Te Anau.

The Tiaki Promise

The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to caring for New Zealand to protect and preserve it now, and for future generations. Tiaki means to care for people and place.

By travelling around New Zealand, you have a responsibility to help look after it. The Tiaki Promise covers key commitments such as caring for the land, travelling safe, and respecting the culture. It is important to remind both locals and tourists to look after the land they are on.

When considering a camping holiday in New Zealand, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the Tiaki Promise and ensure you adhere to it during your holiday to keep New Zealand clean and beautiful. This also means abiding by freedom camping rules and cleaning up your rubbish wherever you travel. Whether you are freedom camping, staying at a holiday park or hotel, the Tiaki Promise is important to keep in mind.

Read more about the Tiaki Promise here and start planning your New Zealand getaway!

Camp in the Middle of a Turtle Sanctuary in Cairns

For a little peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of Cairns City, camp in the middle of a turtle sanctuary at Tasman Holiday Parks – Cairns Cool Waters. You can get a closer look as well as feed these little critters all within this tropical holiday park. It’s no wonder the turtles (and humans) love this little slice of heaven surrounded by a natural freshwater creek – it’s the perfect tropical getaway. Set up camp with the turtles on the banks of the freshwater creek. With mountains and rainforest trees as you’re backdrop, it’s not a bad place to camp. It’s away from any main roads so you can kick back, relax, and enjoy the sounds of nature.

You will find Tasman Holiday Parks – Cairns Cool Waters just seven kilometres from the centre of Cairns, on the banks of Freshwater Creek in Brinsmead, Cairns. It’s a grassy, well-manicured, and comfortable Cairns caravan park with a wide range of facilities on site. Other than the turtle sanctuary, you will find a saltwater pool and spa, scenic barbeque area, playground, indoor recreation room and camp kitchen. You will have all you need and more within this beautiful tropical setting.

Turtles aren’t the only wildlife you will see here. There is an abundance of wildlife including freshwater turtles, over 50 species of birds and platypus. The best place to spot some local wildlife is on the Rainforest Creek walk that begins at this QLD caravan park. You can walk or cycle the trails finishing off with a swim in the refreshingly cool waters of the creek.

With so much to do at Tasman Tourism Holiday Parks – Cairns Cool Waters you could just hang with your turtle mates, or you could venture out and explore. This holiday park is conveniently located close to many local attractions including the Skyway Rainforest Cableway. Descend through the canopy of one of the world’s most ancient rainforests until you reach the village of Kuranda. You’re also close to Cairns Esplanade where you can take a walk, stop for a picnic, or take a dip in the lagoon. There are plenty of places to dine in the centre of Cairns, and of course what’s a trip to Cairns without visiting the Great Barrier Reef?

If you’re not much of a camper don’t worry, Tasman Holiday Parks – Cairns Cool Waters has accommodation styles to suit everyone. We have a range of cabins that can accommodate two, four or five people. We also have a range of motel units including a two-bedroom unit that can accommodate four, six or seven people as well as the two-bedroom Pump House accommodating six people and a four-bedroom family unit accommodating ten people. Book your stay today.