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MelissaSanders
Auckland Central, New Zealand

Not what we expected

Review of Tapu Motor Camp
2.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 May 2015
We took some international guests from the UK down to stay at Tapu Motor Camp as we’d heard it was an idyllic kiwi spot. The beaches on the Firth that far down aren’t as pretty as the beaches further north but are swimmable and the estuary is good for stand up paddle boarding. The camp ground was packed and we were on an extra bit of land which I believe belongs to a school. The kitchens are pretty run down with just a skody sink and hobb, that’s pretty much it, take your own cooker. The bathrooms are pretty grotty, my partner and I both paid for a shower (wear shoes) and each time the showers had run out of hot water which is a bit stink when you’re paying. There are water taps everywhere but no signs to advise you to boil the water first, lucky we checked with the staff. This place attracts the salt of the earth who all seem to go for the fishing and shellfish collecting and they party till late. If you’re looking for R & R and somewhere a bit nice, this is not the place to go.
Date of stay: January 2015
Trip type: Travelled with family
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Reviewed 27 January 2015

We've stayed in a lot of camping ground, but this one was revolting!! There were rats everywhere, cabins were of ill repair. Staff were friendly until we advised them how filthy our cabin was (rubbish from previous tenants, mould, dust, ants etc) & then they changed their tune. The pub staff over the road were equally as bad - the worst customer service ever experienced in our own country.

Date of stay: January 2015
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Reviewed 8 January 2015

Awesome place, dog friendly which was excellent, not a lot of places are these days. right by the ocean under a tree for shade was fantastic. bit of a walk to the loos from here but thats what you get, and there are loads of closer areas by toilets/showers. Toilets/showers were cleaned regularly and the staff were friendly Showers 50cents but really good pressure etc so well worth it. Really great place loads of space also have cabins etc.

Some friends and I stayed over new years we had 5 dogs in total, no problems. pub across road with live band was awesome reasonably priced, shop across road too which where friendly. Pub does meals too, (I did not bother to eat there as I found lady highly rude) but half friends said good other half said eh was ok, but agreed with ladys rude attitude. Everyone else was great though so was a good holiday.

Highly recommended, shall be back

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Date of stay: December 2014
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Date of stay: November 2019
Trip type: Travelled solo
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