We are thrilled to unveil the latest jewel in our crown of developments at Tasman Holiday Parks – the architecturally designed Premium Beachfront Villas at Papamoa Beach!
These exquisite villas are set to redefine your beachside getaways, offering unparalleled comfort, convenience, and breathtaking ocean views.
Separate bedroom with two sets of bunks
Open plan lounge, dining, and kitchen area
Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine/dryer
Bathroom with a shower and separate toilet
50″ LCD TV in the lounge and 32” LCD TV in the kid’s room
Ocean-facing deck with your own private BBQ area
Imagine waking up to the soothing sound of waves crashing against the shore and stepping onto your private deck to witness the sun rising over the horizon. Our Premium Beachfront Villas provide the ultimate escape, where coastal luxury meets the comforts of home. With a modern and chic design, these villas offer the perfect blend of style and relaxation.
Embrace the tranquillity of the ocean, the comforts of modern living, and the memories waiting to be created. Book your stay today and experience a holiday like no other at Tasman Holiday Parks – Papamoa Beach.
Book your stay in a Premium Beachfront Villa at Papamoa Beach today.
Welcome to the North Island of New Zealand, a captivating destination brimming with unforgettable experiences. In this blog post, we will guide you through the top things to do in New Zealand’s North Island.
Starting in the bustling metropolis of Auckland and journeying through the stunning Bay of Plenty, cultural Rotorua, majestic Taupo, and lively Hamilton, this road trip will immerse you in the beauty and charm of the North Island.
Discover the top attractions and must-see destinations in each location, ensuring a winter adventure you won’t soon forget.
Begin your North Island road trip in Auckland, the vibrant gateway to New Zealand. Despite the cooler temperatures, Auckland offers a multitude of winter activities. Explore the city’s diverse neighbourhoods, visit the iconic Sky Tower, and indulge in a culinary journey at the bustling Viaduct Harbour.
Don’t miss the opportunity to hop on the ferry across to Waiheke Island and sample exquisite wines at local vineyards. Capture breathtaking views of the city skyline from atop Mount Eden, and embrace Auckland’s cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Bay of Plenty
Venture east to the Bay of Plenty region, where pristine beaches and coastal charm await. In Waihi, discover the fascinating history of gold mining with a visit to the Gold Discovery Centre. Take advantage of the nature-immersed walking and bike tracks that offer magnificent views of this stunning area.
Drive for 1 hour along the coastline until you reach the relaxed town of Papamoa. Indulge in a leisurely stroll along the stunning white sands of Papamoa Beach, and soak up the warm winter sun’s rays. Check out the local restaurants in the area and satisfy your inner foodie before continuing along the coastline to Ohiwa.
Truly a destination designed to allow you to unwind. This tranquil escape provides some of New Zealand’s best native bush walks, beaches and wildlife. Explore the Ohiwa Harbour by kayak or paddleboard (available to hire at Tasman Holiday Parks – Ohiwa Beach), enjoy fishing for dinner right from the shoreline, or simply rewind and rejuvenate as you take in your surroundings.
Continuing your journey south, you’ll reach the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Despite the chilly weather, Rotorua’s thermal attractions are a must-see. Immerse yourself in Maori culture at Te Puia, where you can witness the famous Pohutu Geyser and experience a traditional Hangi feast.
Soak in the natural geothermal hot pools at Hell’s Gate Geothermal Reserve and Mud Spa, offering a blissful retreat amidst the winter chill. Don’t forget to explore the Redwoods Forest, where you can enjoy invigorating hikes or even try your hand at mountain biking through the towering trees.
Next on your itinerary is the captivating town of Taupo, nestled on the shores of Lake Taupo. Winter in Taupo offers a range of thrilling outdoor activities. Experience the exhilaration of skydiving over the stunning lake, or embark on a scenic cruise to the mesmerizing Maori Rock Carvings.
For a truly unique adventure, take a helicopter ride and witness the snow-capped mountains surrounding Lake Taupo. Unwind in the healing waters of the Otumuheke Stream or enjoy a relaxing soak in natural hot pools at the Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort.
As you head back towards Auckland, make a stop in Hamilton, known for its beautiful gardens and vibrant arts scene. Explore the enchanting Hamilton Gardens, featuring stunning themed gardens from around the world.
Discover the history of New Zealand’s aviation at the Classic Flyers Museum, or take a leisurely walk along the peaceful riverside paths. Don’t miss a visit to the Hamilton Zoo, where you can encounter fascinating wildlife from around the globe.
Embarking on a road trip through New Zealand’s North Island during winter is an extraordinary experience.
From the bustling cityscape of Auckland to the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, the stunning natural landscapes of Taupo, and the charming allure of Hamilton, each destination offers unique attractions and activities that cater to every traveller’s interests.
New Zealand’s North Island is a year-round destination, and winter offers a unique charm that shouldn’t be missed. Be sure to pack warm clothing, comfortable footwear, and a spirit of adventure as you embark on this unforgettable road trip.
So, hit the road and create cherished memories with friends and family as you discover the magic that awaits at every destination.
Find comfortable, clean and convenient accommodation in each location that suits every traveller’s budget HERE
From exploring geothermal reserves and experiencing traditional Maori culture to immersing yourself in Middle-earth magic, Rotorua offers an array of unforgettable adventures. Whether you’re seeking thrilling outdoor experiences or cultural immersion, this itinerary has something for everyone.
Let’s dive into the top attractions in Rotorua!
Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve
Begin your Rotorua adventure at Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve, where you’ll witness the power and beauty of nature firsthand. Marvel at erupting geysers, steaming fumaroles, and bubbling mud pools as you wander through the otherworldly landscapes.
Experience the healing properties of the unique mud baths and sulphurous spas, immersing yourself in a truly therapeutic experience.
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Next, venture to the awe-inspiring Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, a surreal geothermal wonderland showcasing vibrant coloured pools, erupting geysers, and intriguing volcanic formations.
Explore the famous Champagne Pool, Devil’s Bath, and Lady Knox Geyser, which erupts with impressive force. Don’t forget to witness the mesmerizing eruption at exactly 10:15 am, an event you won’t want to miss!
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
For a more relaxing experience, head to Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, where you can unwind and rejuvenate in soothing thermal mineral pools.
Immerse yourself in the warm waters, surrounded by lush native bush. Indulge in the therapeutic benefits of the pools, perfect for relaxation and unwinding after a day of exploration.
Te Pā Tū
Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Māori people at Te Pā Tū. Experience an authentic Māori cultural performance showcasing traditional song, dance, and storytelling.
Participate in interactive activities like haka performances, weaving demonstrations, and learning about the traditional hangi cooking technique. This immersive cultural experience offers a deep understanding of the Māori way of life and their connection to the land.
For panoramic views and adrenaline-pumping fun, visit Skyline Rotorua. Hop aboard the scenic gondola ride and ascend to the top of Mount Ngongotaha. Once there, you can enjoy thrilling activities such as the Skyline Luge, a gravity-fueled carting experience suitable for all ages.
Indulge in delicious cuisine at the Stratosfare Restaurant, where you’ll savour breathtaking views while enjoying a mouth-watering meal.
Venture into Middle-earth with a visit to Hobbiton, the enchanting movie set from the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies. Immerse yourself in the magical world of hobbits as you wander through the lush green hills and charming hobbit holes.
Take a guided tour and learn fascinating behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the films. Capture memorable photos in front of the iconic hobbit holes and enjoy a refreshing drink at the Green Dragon Inn, immersing yourself in the whimsical atmosphere of Hobbiton.
Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest
Embark on an enchanting journey through the Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest, a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Traverse the network of walking tracks, and marvel at the towering Californian Redwoods that create a serene and picturesque atmosphere.
Explore the forest by foot or bike, taking in the fresh air and enjoying the beauty of this magnificent natural playground.
At the end of each day, retreat to the picturesque setting and friendly service at Tasman Holiday Parks – Rotorua
Relax in the mineral pools or watch the kids play.
After a day of exploration and adventure, you’ll want a comfortable and family-friendly accommodation option to relax and rejuvenate. Look no further than our Rotorua Holiday Park, offering a range of accommodation options suitable for families.
From spacious cabins and self-contained units to powered and non-powered campsites for those with caravans or tents, Tasman Holiday Parks provides a convenient and welcoming base for your Rotorua adventure. Enjoy the park’s amenities, including communal kitchens, BBQ areas, our own mineral pool and playground, ensuring a memorable and enjoyable stay for the whole family.
With its abundant attractions and centrally located accommodations at Tasman Holiday Parks – Rotorua, this is truly a destination that will leave you with unforgettable memories. So, pack your bags and get ready to embark on an extraordinary journey in the captivating city of Rotorua!
Fiordland National Park is one of the most spectacular natural attractions in New Zealand, and Te Anau is the gateway to this stunning area. The park is home to Milford Sound, one of the most famous fiords in the world, and Doubtful Sound, a less-known but equally breathtaking fiord.
You can take a scenic drive or a guided tour through the park, or you can opt for a helicopter or boat tour to get a closer look at the stunning scenery. There are also plenty of hiking trails in the area, including the famous Milford Track.
Visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves
The Te Anau Glowworm Caves are a must-visit attraction in Te Anau. These caves are home to thousands of glowworms that light up the darkness with their bioluminescent glow.
You can take a guided tour through the caves, which includes a boat ride across an underground lake, a walk through the caves, and a chance to see the glowworms up close. It’s a magical experience that’s not to be missed.
Relax in our Holiday Park Hot Tubs and Sauna
If you’re looking to unwind and relax in Te Anau after a day of exploring, then Tasman Holiday Parks’ hot tubs and sauna are a perfect option. These facilities are set in a tranquil and scenic location, providing the perfect setting for a peaceful retreat.
The hot tubs alleviate all stress and allow you to relax and unwind, while the sauna is a great way to detoxify and rejuvenate your body. The beautiful surroundings of the park, combined with the relaxing effects of the hot tubs and sauna, create a calming atmosphere that will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed.
Take a scenic flight over Te Anau
If you’re looking for a bird’s eye view of Te Anau and the surrounding area, then a scenic flight is the way to go. You can take a helicopter or fixed-wing plane tour that will take you over the stunning landscapes of Fiordland National Park, including Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound.
You’ll get to see the dramatic mountain ranges, pristine lakes, and deep fiords from a unique perspective. It’s an unforgettable experience that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
Take in the beauty
Te Anau is also the perfect place to unwind and relax. Take in the tranquil setting of Lake Te Anau and the surrounding mountains with a leisurely stroll around the lake along the boardwalk, or enjoy a picnic in one of the many parks in the area.
Te Anau is a peaceful and serene town that offers a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Where To Stay in Te Anau
If you’re looking for a place to stay in Te Anau, Tasman Holiday Parks is an excellent option for families, couples, and solo travelers. The park is centrally located with easy access to most of the attractions. Accommodation options include powered and unpowered sites, cabins, motels and a 3 bedroom villa, with a range of facilities to suit all needs.
The park features a games room, a playground, three wooden barrel hot tubs and sauna, a BBQ area, and a well-equipped camp kitchen, making it easy to relax and unwind after a day of exploring.
As a popular tourist destination, it’s important that visitors to the country take steps to protect the natural environment and cultural values that make New Zealand so special.
The Tiaki Promise is a code of conduct for visitors to New Zealand that encourages them to act as guardians of the country’s natural and cultural resources.
The Tiaki Promise is a commitment made by visitors to New Zealand to act as guardians of the country’s natural environment and cultural heritage. It was launched in 2018 by the New Zealand government in partnership with the tourism industry and the Maori community. The word “tiaki” means to care for, protect, and preserve, and the Tiaki Promise encourages visitors to do just that during their stay in New Zealand.
The Tiaki Promise is based on three principles:
Kaitiakitanga (guardianship): the concept of caring for the natural environment, including the land, sea, and wildlife.
Manaakitanga (hospitality): showing respect and kindness to others, including the people of New Zealand and their cultural heritage.
Whanaungatanga (belonging): building relationships and a sense of community with others, including the people of New Zealand and other visitors to the country.
How to apply the Tiaki Promise when you travel in New Zealand
As a visitor to New Zealand, there are many ways you can apply the Tiaki Promise during your stay:
Respect the Environment
Take only photos, leave only footprints. Don’t take anything from the environment, including rocks, shells, or plants.
Dispose of waste properly. New Zealand has a “pack in, pack out” policy, which means that you should take your rubbish with you when you leave.
Stay on designated trails. This helps to protect fragile ecosystems and reduce the impact of human activity on the environment.
Show Respect for Cultural Heritage
The Maori people are the indigenous people of New Zealand and have a rich cultural heritage that is an important part of the country’s identity. To show respect for this cultural heritage, consider the following:
Learn about Maori culture. Take the time to learn about the history, customs, and traditions of the Maori people. This will help you to better understand and appreciate their cultural heritage.
Ask for permission before entering sacred sites. Some places in New Zealand are considered sacred to the Maori people, and it’s important to ask for permission before entering these areas.
Respect Maori customs and protocols. For example, remove your shoes before entering a marae (Maori meeting house), and avoid taking photos or videos without permission.
Be a Responsible Traveller
As a responsible traveller, you can help reduce your impact on the environment and the local communities you visit. Here are some tips:
Use eco-friendly products. Choose environmentally-friendly products and services, such as reusable water bottles, cloth bags, and low-emission transport options.
Support local businesses. Buying from local businesses helps support the local economy and reduces the environmental impact of transportation.
Be mindful of your actions. Consider the impact of your actions on the environment and the people around you. For example, avoid making excessive noise, and be respectful of others.
Picton, a charming coastal town located in the Marlborough Sounds region of New Zealand, is a popular destination for visitors looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. With its stunning scenery, rich history, and ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, there’s no shortage of things to do in Picton. Here’s a guide to help you make the most of your three-day trip to this picturesque town.
Day 1: Explore the Marlborough Sounds
Exploring Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand is a truly breathtaking experience. This beautiful and remote area is located at the top of the South Island and is known for its stunning coastline, rolling hills, and crystal clear waters.
Start your day with a scenic boat tour through the sounds and enjoy the stunning views of the lush green hills and deep blue waters. If you’re more of a water sports fan then try a guided kayak tour thorough the Sounds and truly immerse yourself in the nature reserves and spectacular surrounds.
Such activities are sure to work up your appetite and, being surrounded by the sea, Marlborough Sounds has a plethora of fresh seafood to offer. Try some of the local seafood restaurants and indulge in green-lipped mussels, oysters, and fish caught that day.
Day 2: Discover Picton’s History and Culture
On your second day in Picton, take a stroll through the town’s historic centre, where you’ll find a variety of historic buildings and cultural attractions.
Visit the Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, where you can learn about the town’s maritime history and the story of the Edwin Fox, the world’s ninth oldest surviving ship. The Marlborough Museum, is also a must as it offers a fascinating glimpse into the region’s rich history.
The Marlborough region is famous for its wine production, particularly its Sauvignon Blanc. After learning the town’s history be sure to stop by the famous Grove Mill Winery to take a wine tour and taste some of the local wines.
Day 3: Visit the Queen Charlotte Sound
On your final day in Picton, take a boat tour of the Queen Charlotte Sound, a stunning area filled with scenic bays, hidden caves and secluded beaches. Along the way, keep an eye out for wildlife, including dolphins, seals, and penguins.
In the afternoon, visit the Queen Charlotte Sound Lookout, where you can enjoy the most exquisite panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Book a villa, motel or, for budget-friendly travel, a self-contained cabin. If you’re camping and caravanning, take advantage of our top-notch facilities, including a well-equipped camp kitchen, clean and modern restrooms, solar-heated swimming pool and a playground for the kids.
Make Tasman Holiday Parks – Picton your home base when exploring Picton and its surrounds. With its central location, excellent facilities and welcoming staff, you’ll feel instantly relaxed as you arrive to your accommodation after a day of exploring.
Here are our recommended essentials for a road trip with kids:
Snacks and Drinks
Having a variety of snacks and drinks on hand ensures that your little ones are satisfied and hydrated throughout the journey. Some healthy snacks such as fruit, granola bars, and crackers are great to have on hand, and of course a few treats like cookies or lollies for special moments.
Bring along plenty of entertainment options for your children, such as books, colouring books, and toys. If possible, a portable DVD player or tablet for movies and games is a great option too. Don’t forget to pack headphones for each child!
On that note – portable chargers are also essential for keeping your children’s devices charged and ready to use throughout the journey.
Pillow and Blankets
Comfortable sleeping arrangements are key for a successful road trip. Pack a pillow and blanket for each child to ensure they get a good nap in when needed.
No matter how careful you are, accidents can happen. Pack a first-aid kit with band-aids, pain relievers, anti-septic cream and any other necessary medications.
Sunscreen is essential, especially if you’re traveling in the summer months. Make sure to pack enough sunscreen for the entire trip, and re-apply it regularly throughout the day (on your little ones and yourself too!)
Wet wipes are a lifesaver! With snacks and drinks often comes sticky fingers and spills. Always be sure to have wet wipes ready and available for a quick and fuss-free clean up if needed.
This is a good one to remember especially when travelling with children. Keep your car clean and organised throughout the trip and save yourself the effort of a big clean out when you arrive at your destination. Remember to pack enough for the drive there and back.
Change of Clothes
As we mentioned before, accidents happen. It’s always a good idea to pack extra clothes for your children that are easy to access without having to unpack the entire car or suitcase.
Car Games and Activities
Bring along car games and activities to keep your kids entertained and engaged during the journey. Games like “I Spy” and “20 Questions” are classic options, and colouring books and word search puzzles can also provide hours of entertainment.
While family road trips are fun, that time in the car can certainly feel a lot longer for your little ones! By packing smart and being prepared, you’ll be able to enjoy the journey and create lasting memories with your family.
The good news? Once you arrive at any of our Tasman Holiday Parks, there is an abundance of entertainment available for your little ones.
Here are five of the best day trips from Christchurch:
Akaroa, Banks Peninsula
Located on the Banks Peninsula of New Zealand, Akaroa is a charming seaside village with a rich history and abundant natural beauty. Visitors to Akaroa can explore the historic French and British settlements, walk along the stunning volcanic cliffs and beaches, and go on a scenic boat tour to see the rare Hector’s dolphins, penguins, and other marine wildlife.
Adventure seekers can also go kayaking, fishing, or take a scenic flight to see Akaroa from above. For those interested in local culture and history, the Akaroa Museum provides a fascinating glimpse into the area’s past, and the nearby boutique shops and cafes offer the perfect opportunity to relax and sample some of the local produce.
Overall, Akaroa offers a unique blend of history, natural beauty, and outdoor activities, making it a must-visit destination and the perfect day trip from Christchurch.
Arthur’s Pass National Park
This stunning park covers over 135,000 hectares and is home to a diverse range of landscapes, including alpine meadows, glaciers, and rugged peaks. Visitors can explore the park by foot on a range of hiking trails, from easy nature walks to challenging alpine treks. Some popular hikes include the Bealey Valley Track, the Dobson Nature Walk, and the Avalanche Peak Track.
The park is also home to a rich variety of wildlife, including native birds such as the kea, New Zealand falcon, and the fantail. Nature lovers can also go on a scenic drive along the alpine pass, which offers stunning views of the park’s rugged beauty.
If you are a hiker, birdwatcher, or simply seeking a peaceful escape into nature, there’s no doubt that you should take a day trip from Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass National Park!
Hanmer Springs is a quaint alpine village located just a 90-minute drive from Christchurch.
Renowned for its natural hot springs, Hanmer Springs has been popular for those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation for over a century. Visitors to Hanmer Springs can soak in the warm waters of the open-air thermal pools, or indulge in a therapeutic spa treatment at one of the many spa facilities in the area.
The town is surrounded by beautiful mountains and forests, providing opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and horse riding. In the winter, ski and snowboard enthusiasts can hit the slopes at one of the nearby ski resorts.
For those looking for a more relaxed pace, the town offers a variety of cafes, restaurants, and shops, providing the perfect place to unwind.
Pack your water bottle, walking shoes and picnic and head to Godley Head. Start at the Godley Head Track at Taylor’s Mistake and weave through the hills, taking in the magnificent ocean views. Godley Head is a popular spot for hiking, fishing, and picnicking.
Learn about the history of this area as the headland is also a historic site, with several fortifications dating back to World War II, including gun emplacements and bunkers. These structures serve as a reminder of the region’s rich history and offer a unique opportunity to explore the area’s past.
Lyttleton and Quail Island
Lyttelton is a charming port town located just a short 20 minute drive from Christchurch. Spend the day exploring the town, taking in the views, and experiencing the local culture. After exploring Lyttleton, hop on a Black Cats Ferry and make your way to Quail Island.
Quail Island is known for its rich history and natural beauty, making it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Visitors to Quail Island can explore the remains of a former quarantine station and learn about the island’s history as a sheep farm, as well as its more recent use as a holiday destination. The island is also a haven for wildlife. Keep a lookout for seabirds, seals, and penguins, which can be observed from the many walking trails that crisscross the island.
Make Tasman Holiday Parks – Christchurch your home base when exploring Christchurch and its surrounds. With its central location, excellent facilities and welcoming staff, you’ll feel instantly relaxed as you arrive to your accommodation after a day of exploring.
Ohiwa Harbour is a tranquil body of water surrounded by stunning scenery and is the perfect place for kayaking. It offers stunning views of the surrounding hills and wildlife and the calm waters make it an excellent spot for kayaking (even for beginners).
You can rent kayaks from our reception at our Ohiwa Beach holiday park and explore the area at your own pace, taking in the breathtaking scenery and observing the diverse birdlife. Paddle around the small islands, stop for a picnic on a secluded beach or try your hand at fishing – the perfect way to spend a relaxing day in nature!
Chat to our friendly reception team about hiring a kayak for the day.
Hike in the Ohiwa Scenic Reserve
The Ohiwa Scenic Reserve is a lush coastal forest only 5 minutes from our holiday park and is perfect for any nature or hiking enthusiasts. It is known for its diverse and unique ecosystems, including forests, wetlands, and estuaries and is home to an abundance of wildlife, including rare bird species, marine mammals, and reptiles. The reserve’s well-maintained trails offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape and allow visitors to get up close and personal with nature.
With its diverse range of environments, from coastal sand dunes to dense forests, it truly makes for an unforgettable experience. Take a leisurely hike through the forest and enjoy the scenery, or tackle one of the more challenging trails for a true adventure.
Take a dolphin and whale-watching tour
Chat to our friendly staff at reception for more information on local tours.
Ohiwa is in a prime spot for dolphin and seal encounters, and there are several tours available that will take you out on the water to spot these magnificent creatures. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or just looking for a relaxing day on the water, this is a must-do activity in Ohiwa!
Visit the Ohiwa Oyster Farm
The Ohiwa Oyster Farm is a local favourite, and it’s the perfect place to sample some of the freshest oysters you’ll ever taste. Take a tour of the farm and learn about the oyster farming process, or simply sit back and enjoy the delicious seafood in the farm’s restaurant.
Fish right from Ohiwa Beach
Ohiwa Beach offers a diverse range of fishing opportunities, from surfcasting to rock fishing and even kayaking. It is a great spot for both novice and experienced fishermen alike, with the chance to catch a variety of species including snapper, kahawai, trevally, and kingfish.
The best time to fish at Ohiwa Beach is during the summer months when the water is warmer, and the fish are more active. However, it is also possible to catch fish during the winter months. With stunning views of the ocean and surrounding hills, Ohiwa Beach is not only a fantastic fishing spot but also a beautiful place to spend a day outdoors.
These 5 things to do in Ohiwa are merely just a taste of what this picturesque coastal town has to offer. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, nature lover, or simply looking for a relaxing getaway, you’ll find it all in Ohiwa.
For a comfortable and relaxing visit to Ohiwa Beach, stay at Tasman Holiday Parks. Our holiday park is ideally situated right on the sandy shores of Ohiwa Beach, offering spectacular views and easy access to all the best that this stunning location has to offer. We have a range of accommodation options to suit every budget and group size, including cozy cabins, spacious motels, and powered and unpowered camping sites. We also offer a variety of on-site facilities including a swimming pool, playground, and outdoor dining area, making it easy for you to spend your days having fun and creating memories.
Have you considered a holiday in the beautiful Bay of Plenty? Here are 5 of the best nature activities to inspire your next getaway!
Nature lovers rejoice! The Bay of Plenty is the perfect spot to go for a nature-filled getaway in New Zealand. From local hikes, waterfalls, surfing, sightseeing, and more, there is plenty to keep you busy if you like to enjoy the outdoors on holiday.
Getting outdoors and enjoying nature is one of the best ways to appreciate a new place and check out the local sights. In New Zealand, you will experience plenty of local wildlife and nature almost anywhere you go. Get out and about to make the most of what our beautiful country has to offer.
Here are 5 of the best activities for nature lovers in the Bay of Plenty!
1. Mauao Summit Walk
You’ve probably seen photos of the stunning view from Mauao before. This popular walk takes about 40 minutes and requires a good level of fitness given the steep climb up. Enjoy incredible views over Mount Maunganui and towards Waihi Beach – you’ll feel on top of the world here! Take a packed lunch and enjoy the 360 views once you reach the summit.
You can choose between two different tracks to reach the top of the mountain, or take the route around the base of the mountain for an easier stroll. If you’re walking in summertime, don’t forget to take plenty of water and sunscreen! The track isn’t paved and can be slippery on the way down, so a good pair of shoes is recommended too.
2. Surfing at Waihi Beach
Surf’s up at Waihi Beach, one of the safest and best spots in NZ.
Waihi Beach is a great place to get some surfing practice in no matter your skill level. Bring your own surfboard or rent one at one of the local surf shops. If you’re a beginner, why not take a surfing lesson with Waihi Beach Surf School to improve your skills? You’ll be a pro in no time! They offer private, group and family lessons for everyone to enjoy.
Given it’s one of the safest and best places to surf and swim, Waihi Beach is very popular, and can get quite busy in summertime. Make sure you watch out for other surfers and swimmers when you’re in the water, and always follow the beach rules.
If surfing’s not your style, take a dip to refresh or sunbathe on the beautiful sandy beaches.
A short 10 minute drive from Tauranga, you’ll find the McLaren Falls Park.
You’ll definitely want to go chasing this waterfall!
McLaren Falls Park is a short 10 minute drive from Tauranga, offering 190-hectares of parkland alongside Lake McLaren. There’s plenty to do here, including fishing, kayaking, bush walks and concerts in the summertime, making it the perfect place to enjoy nature. Take a stroll down to the waterfall and keep an eye out for glow worms after dusk! There are plenty of great swimming holes and spots in the area too, which are a great place to stop in and cool down on a hot day.
If you’re staying at Tasman Holiday Parks – Papamoa Beach, you’ll be only 30 minutes away from the park. You will also be within an easy drive to plenty of other great waterfalls and water holes in the area!
4. Papamoa Hill Regional Park
An ideal spot for avid hikers, the Papamoa Hills Regional Park offers several trails to enjoy and get your heart rate up. The main track is over 200 metres above sea level, offering incredible views across the coastline. You can also choose from several other trails that weave around the park. There’s no such thing as a wrong turn in this stunning park!
Over 50,000 native plants have recently been planted, and you can also spot seven pā sites in the hills – this is where Papamoa’s original Māori inhabitants lived. It’s the perfect mix of nature and cultural heritage to explore and appreciate during your stay in the Bay of Plenty.
5. Redwoods Forest Walk
A little further afield, but well worth the drive, is the Redwoods Treewalk in Rotorua. Surround yourself by 75-metre-tall redwoods as you walk along the suspended pathway, learning the history of the 120-year-old trees and how they came to be planted in New Zealand.
The 28 suspension bridges range between 9-20 meters off the ground, allowing you to experience these magnificent trees at varying heights.
The walk takes about 40 minutes and can be done during the daytime or at nighttime with the trees illuminated by lights. This is a great unique family friendly activity to add to your holiday bucketlist!
Rotorua is about an hour’s drive from Tauranga, and offers plenty of fun nature and adrenalin activities to enjoy.
Where to stay?
The Bay of Plenty has lots to explore for the whole family.