Best of the bay
Looking for amazing Bay of Plenty holiday parks or campgrounds? Whether you have a motorhome, caravan, tent, car or dog, there’s loads of options for you. Here are some of our favourites...
Download our handy camping guide for a list of holiday parks and freedom camping options (including dog-friendly sites!) and enjoy caravanning your way around the Bay of Plenty!
TASMAN HOLIDAY PARKS - PAPAMOA BEACH
You can’t get closer to the beach than Tasman Holiday Parks - Papamoa Beach. They’ve got camping, glamping, luxury villas or the classic Kiwi bach for your ultimate beach getaway. Dogs are allowed on campsites from March 1 to November 10.
Fernland Thermal Mineral Springs provides campers with a tranquil setting and outstanding thermal facilities. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the pure mineral geothermal pool complex, situated in an oasis of spectacular bush or go on a cycling tour to the nearby Kopurererua Valley.
MOUNT MAUNGANUI BEACHSIDE HOLIDAY PARK
You can’t get more beachfront (or beachside if we’re getting technical) than Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park. Nestled at the foot of Mauao, this holiday park has the popular (like, the best beach in NZ kind of popular) Mount Main Beach on one side, and the almost as popular Pilot Bay Beach on the other - you can’t escape the beach! Imagine waking up to the sound of waves crashing, zipping open your tent (or swinging open your door, if you’re that way inclined) and there’s the beach, you don’t even need to cross a road to get there.
ŌHOPE BEACH TOP 10 HOLIDAY PARK
Voted 'Best holiday park in New Zealand' by New Zealand Herald readers in 2022, Ōhope Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park is situated in the Eastern Bay of Plenty - just a 90-minute drive from Tauranga and is a great place to stay if you’re after an unforgettable Coastal Bay of Plenty holiday.
Take your pick from beachfront tent sites, powered campsites, cabins and loads more - there is literally something for everyone. Ōhope Beach TOP 10 is famous for its facilities - there’s an on-site café (and the coffee is good!), a HUGE jumping pillow that will keep the little ones busy for ages, a pool with hydroslides, mini golf, and so much more!
TASMAN HOLIDAY PARKS - WAIHĪ BEACH
Tasman Holiday Parks - Waihī Beach is situated at the north end of Waihī Beach with direct access from the park to the beach. The accommodation options are huge, ranging from picturesque camping sites, affordable kitchen cabins or fully self- contained motel units. Spend the day strolling along the white sand or tackle a local bush walk.
BOWENTOWN BEACH HOLIDAY PARK
Nestled within a bush-meets-the-sea landscape at the head of a quiet peninsula, Bowentown Beach offers a variety of terrains and activities just footsteps from your accommodation. Bowentown Beach Holiday Park has 183 sites spread over 3.49 hectares ranging from the traditional tent or caravan sites, park motels, self-contained units to cabins (some are specifically pet friendly) and even two quirky ‘kombi’ cabins.
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