Unearth your kiwi camping holiday location. Camping is a timeless rite of summer with the Bay of Plenty offering choice from freedom camping to comfortable ensuite accommodation by the beach. There is a touch of luxury in Ohope Beach or rustic charm at Murphys Holiday Park, the choice is yours.
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TASMAN HOLIDAY PARK, WAIHI BEACH
Beachside views or perhaps the garden and parklike surrounds. The choice is all yours at Tasman Holiday Parks – Waihi Beach. Powered sites at the beach or somewhere to plug the EV charger on your vehicle. Facilities include: The large 25m lap pool, a water slide nestled in native bush, playgrounds with bouncy pillows, playhouse, including air hockey and computer games. There is a heated pool and gym.
LOCATION: Tasman Holiday Parks – Waihi Beach. 15 Beach Road
Surrounded by five acres of amazing native bush, with established Pohutuakawas running down to the beautiful Waihi Beach, providing a natural shade canopy. Accommodation from standard motel units, chalets, studio units for couples and shared rooms. There are powered and non-powered sites. Facilities include a heated swimming pool, playground, sauna, spa, gym, BBQ’s, pizza oven, under 5’s family room and jumping pillow
What to do nearby, read more What’s so great about Waihi
LOCATION: 21 Leo Street Waihi Beach.
BOWENTOWN BEACH HOLIDAY PARK
Bowentown Beach Holiday Park, imagine the classic 1960’s Kombi VW van, now you can ‘glamp’ in a van onsite. Comfortable motel units, chalets, studio units and powered and non-powered sites. Facilities include fish preparation area, private beach access, private spa rooms, massage and wellness treatment bike and pedal hire, playground and shared facilities for cooking, showering and laundry. A well maintained modern holiday park
ATHENREE HOLIDAY PARK
Beautiful hot springs make Athenree Holiday Park a hot spot and forward bookings are strongly recommended. Motel units, deluxe chalets, studio units, standard cabins and single cabins. Powered and non-powered sites. A stunning location with the joy of hot mineral springs as an additional holiday treat. For more information about Athenree, check What’s so great about Athenree.
LOCATION: 1 Athenree Road
SAPPHIRE SPRINGS – KATIKATI
Sapphire Springs – Bay of Plenty’s Best Kept Secret. Katikati, offers a wide variety of accommodation options from motel units, chalets, studio units to camp sites in a picturesque park. Access to the warm outdoor swimming pools and hot tubs is provided complimentary with your accommodation up until 10am on the day of your departure. There are four in total ranging from 20 minutes to an hour in duration. Maps of the walking tracks are available at Reception. Playground including mini-golf. Dogs allowed on a leash and controlled at all times.
LOCATION: 274 Hot Springs Road, RD2
MOUNT MAUNGANUI BEACHSIDE HOLIDAY PARK
Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park is in a superb location nestled at the foot of Mount Maunganui and adjacent to the Main Beach. The cabins and studio units are NOT self-contained with visitors using the camps shared facilities. The well maintained facilities are often busy in the peak summer season with an advisory to plan ahead for cooking and washing clothes.
Location: 1 Adams Avenue, Mount Maunganui
COSY CORNER HOLIDAY PARK – MOUNT MAUNGANUI
Cosy Corner Holiday Park – Mount Maunganui. A classic holiday park in a great location only 80 metres from the beach. Self-contained motels, family ensuite cabins, chalets, and ensuite studio units, powered and non-powered sites. There are several retro caravans fitted out as non-self contained units. There is a swimming pool, playground and a pool table. A member of Family Parks Association.
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LOCATION: 40 Oceanbeach Rd, Mt Maunganui
BEACHGROVE HOLIDAY PARK – PAPAMOA
A full service camping ground with shared facilities. There are only powered and non-powered sites. There is no built accommodation available.
LOCATION: 386 Papamoa Beach Road
PAPAMOA BEACH RESORT
Papamoa Holiday Park | Tasman Holidays. Ensuite cabins and villas facing the ocean with uninterrupted views. There are deluxe studio units, some with spa facilities. Beachside powered and non-powered camping sites. Facilities include pedal bikes for hire, adventure playground, kids zone with toys, table tennis and TV. Bats, balls and Pétanque sets are available at reception. Private spa pools and BBQ space (pre-book arrangement).
Dogs are allowed from March to November.
LOCATION: 535 Papamoa Beach Road, Papamoa Beach
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BLEDISLOE HOLIDAY PARK
Bledisloe Holiday Park is surrounded by water – With 104 powered sites, 45 tent sites and 14 cabins. There are onsite caravans for rent. The stunning location makes this a great powered or non-powered camping ground. The holiday park is a classic campground. The facilities are well maintained, clean and tidy.
LOCATION: LITTLE WAIHI BEACH
OHOPE BEACH TOP TEN HOLIDAY PARK
The high standard of top ten is reflected in the campground. beachfront apartments, motel units, cabins, glamping, glaravanning, powered and unpowered campsites. The question is when is a holiday park a resort and Ohope Beach is definitely in the running for a kiwi version of a beachside resort. There is a children’s programme, extensive playgrounds, board and kayak hire, a surf school and a junior programme.
LOCATION: 367 Harbour Rd, Ohope Beach
TIROHANGA BEACH MOTOR CAMP
Tirohanga Beach Motor Camp – Opotiki. A classic holiday camp ground with accommodation ranging from ensuite tourist flats, cabins, and bunk rooms. There are powered and non-powered camping sites. The large 6 hectare size has a playground, swimming pool, a designated pet area and a general store. Opotiki is the closest town to Tirohanga Beach Holiday Park.
Read more What’s so great about Opotiki for holiday inspiration.
LOCATION: State highway 35, Tirohanga
Whakatāne Holiday Park is a superb location with the city centre a short walk away. Accommodation ranges from ensuite standard motel units, chalets, studio units and powered and non-powered sites. There are clean and tidy shared facilities. The upright small swimming pool is open in the summer months.
LOCATION: McGarvey Rd, Whakatane
OPOTIKI HOLIDAY PARK
Opotiki Holiday Park – Relax in a rural setting on the banks of the Waioeka River. accommodation ranges from park motels to cabins and spacious tent sites, we have accommodation to suit every style and budget. There is a swimming pool and playground. The campground is adjacent to the river and estuary with the wharf nearby. There are no hire facilities within the campground however nearby Opotiki there are several tour operators hiring kayaks, SUP and snorkelling equipment.
MURPHY’S HOLIDAY CAMP – MATATA
Murphy’s Holiday Camp | A family business since 1965. Is a classic beachside location owned and operated by the same family. Six classic cabins and 2 self-contained cabins are available for casual use, each individual expressing their own style. They are randomly scattered about the camp. The cabins range from 2 – 6 berth, all containing fridges, stoves, hot & cold water and a fully equipped kitchenette. The self-contained cabins also include a toilet and shower. Powered and non-powered sites virtually sitting on the beach.
LOCATION: 174 State Highway 2 West, MATATA
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TRAVEL PACK INFORMATION
FREEDOM CAMPING WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY
Where can I camp?
There are 46 different places you can FREEDOM camp in the Western Bay.
Check out our interactive map of permitted freedom camping sites. Click/tap on the freedom camping areas to find out more information on each site, including which sites have restrictions on camping over summer. The map also includes locations of toilets, tables and rubbish bins.
Freedom Camping in Prohibited Areas. A $200.00 infringement fee will apply to anyone that camps or prepares to camp in a prohibited area referred to in Schedule 1 of the Freedom Camping Bylaw 2019 (pages 10-14). It’s strongly recommended you check the rules and regulations on the online site for up to date information.
Source online Western Bay of Plenty Freedom Camping and KiwiCamp
FRUIT PICKING & LONG TERM ACCOMMATION
WELCOME BAY HOT POOLS & CAMPGROUND
Welcome Bay Hot Pools and Tourist Park another hot pool complex with powered and non-powered sites. Visitors can obtain specific entry to the hot pool complex. The Welcome Bay Hot Pools and Campground offers 24 powered camp sites, as well as comfortable standard cabins that sleep 2-6 people.
The campground offers long term accommodation and can be fully booked for the fruit picking season
MAKETU HILLTOP HOLIDAY PARK
Offers long term accommodation for fruit picking season. Check Camping in Maketu for details.
TE PUKE HOLIDAY PARK
Offers seasonal fruit pickers accommodation in contemporary pods with shared facilities. There are powered and non-powered camp sites available with rented caravans as an accommodation option.