Waikawa Bay Holiday Park is more than a campground. It is a site for caravans, campervans as well as tents. It also has tourist flats and studio appartments with various levels of service. It is part of the Kiwi chain which my mother and I used on our NZ road trip. If you pre-purchase a Kiwi card you are entitled to a discount on your accommodation and selected activities.
We chose self contained tourist flats/cabins with our own bathroom and kitchen facilities (in deference to my mother's age) but there are more basic units available with shared kitchen/bathroom facilities.
Clean spacious flat with comfortable beds and plenty of hot water.
This is actually a sheep farm, so make sure you lock the gate when you come in. The campground is near Titirangi Bay, one of the best beaches around.
The facilities are minimal, bring your own toilet paper, gas and light. In return you get absolute peace.
The villa is HUGE! The view of the Marlborough vineyards is outstanding. In the mornings, the vineyard attracts heaps of little birds incl the native Pukeko. Hawks graze the top of vineyards looking to pluck out a warbler. The bird song in the day is fantastic and the mist over the foot of the mountains just beyond the vineyard is very delicious. Try to get a villa right along the vineyard. That's where the beat views are. The double story villa has 2 rooms on the top floor complete with chest of drawers and heated bed for winter. There's a beautiful bathroom on both ground and top floor and a tall window by the stairs that just let all the wonderful sunlight in! There's also a patio complete with chairs, very suitable for a family barbie or simply just a bunch of friends sampling wine (this is afterall wine country!) Did I mention there's a kitchen?! And a six seater dining table behind the hall. Cabinets are filled with basic cutlery and beverage-making facilities. Downside is that its a little far from the town and you'd need some kind of transport to get around. your own car or otherwise.
View of the vineyard and foot of the mountain.
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