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Jennifer O
Christchurch, New Zealand

Good value, very convenient location

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 Jun 2023
We stayed here for 2 nights either side of walking Paparoa track. Location was very convenient, being very close to track end and we used the track shuttle which left from the campground to take us to Smokeho carpark.
We stayed in the Family cabins the first night. These are the best cabins, being closest to kitchen/toilet blocks which are a short distance away by footpath - no getting feet wet walking across grass. The cabins had comfy beds and surprisingly roomy for a cabin. Had a table and chairs, small fridge and kettle with double bed in one room and 2 bunks in other room, with room to put luggage. For 3 adults we all got a bottom bunk or bed. Cabin was warm with sun streaming in all day but had heat pump which we didn't need in June due to the lovely sunshine! A deck and outdoor chairs with a lawn and outdoor table as well. You need to ask for crockery and pots at the office.
Second night we stayed in Driftwood cottage which is a separate house located on the main road near the pub. This was lovely and must have been renovated since some of the reviews on here. It had double glazed windows and new efficient heat pump which kept us warm on cold night. The beds were comfortable. Only thing which could be improved was shower pressure, which was fairly low, not what you need after a 4 day walk.
Very friendly owners who were very patient checking our group of 6 in, all paying for cabins, house and shuttle separately.
Camp has direct access to the beach and nearby river, but no views of either. Good views of the rocky cliffs.
Date of stay: June 2023
Room Tip: Family cabins are the best ones. Closest to facilities and good parking outside.
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 April 2023 via mobile

Of all the campsites we visited in New Zealand, this was certainly a favorite. The staff was friendly, helpful, and accommodating of a late check in. Our spot had a picnic table and a reasonable amount of space. The washer was easy to use and detergent was available for purchase, there was even a place to hang clothing. The shower and kitchen facilities were also clean and user friendly. It is also nice that there are several different walks and hikes accessible from the campground.

Date of stay: April 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 March 2023

The location is amazing but sadly this holiday park needs a really good clean up. The bathrooms and kitchen are grubby, maintenance and thorough cleaning is clearly not being completed. The staff are friendly and helpful. They have a coffee caravan there but their coffee machine broke at Christmas and they have repaired or replaced. The best option is to walk the two minutes to the pub which is great.

Date of stay: March 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 February 2023 via mobile

This place was in an excellent location only a few step’s from the beach on which you can watch the sun set on the ocean. It’s also only 20 minutes walk from Pancake Rocks & Blowholes.
Whilst the facilities weren’t top quality, they were perfectly acceptable for camping in the location.

Date of stay: February 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2023 via mobile

We stayed in a campervan for one night. This is an amazing spot. Right in the beach. Kids loved the outdoors. They enjoyed the beach, the bush, and exploring the campground. Campground is basic. Didn’t need to use the kitchen except for washing up. The toilets and showers were fine. It was quiet and peaceful.

Date of stay: October 2022
Trip type: Travelled with family
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J F, General Manager at Punakaiki Beach Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2023

Thanks for your kind words Lisa J!

See you again soon

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Reviewed 28 December 2022

The campsite is almost on the beach. Unfortunately the staff was not there due to sickness. I would have loved to get my first surfing lesson. The kitchen is bare, no pot, pans, plates, cutlery so you have to bring it all yourself. The small lounge has a wood fire which was great for the rainy day. I think this can be a nice camping in high season.

Room tip: Just a short drive from the pancake rocks.
Date of stay: October 2022
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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J F, General Manager at Punakaiki Beach Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2023

Hi there Jorienw2014,

Thanks for you review. Very sorry we weren't there during your stay. Unfortunately the full team got covid at once, so we had to operate via phone and doorbell.

We will welcome you with a smile next time.
Cheers

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