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Family Parks New Zealand – Coromandel Holiday Parks Experience

Photo of Kate on the way to Coromandel Holiday ParksEaster was a fabulous opportunity to take a road trip to the Coromandel and experience a few of the Family Parks that Collective Concepts assists in marketing to a domestic & international audience. This group of holiday parks boast over 120 holiday parks through out New Zealand & Australia and over 75% are pet friendly. On this road trip, we visited Mt Maunganui and Coromandel Holiday Parks

Miranda Holiday Park was the first stop and offered a relaxing start to our trip with the mineral hot pools. This Park has a range of accommodation styles from fully contained appartments through to camp sites.

We left early for Thames and came across a great little stop for breakfast called “Hot Chocolate” that wasn’t even charging a public holiday surcharge! The cheese scones were home made and the coffee was excellent.

The drive around the east coast of the Coromandel up to Coromandel town and then over to Whitianga is really picturesque as you can see from a few of the photos in the gallery.

A must do when in the Coromandel is visit Hot Water Beach as just on the tide turn you can dig your own hot water pool. Lots of businesses and Coromandel Holiday Parks offer hire of shovels so you can dig your own hole. For a mild Autumn day I was amazed at how many people were digging on such a small space of beach to get to the hot water. Imagine what it’s like in summer!

On Easter Saturday on our way through to Mount Maunganui we stopped for brunch in Tairua. “Pepe Cafe” was really busy but a local in the queue was told us the food was worth the wait – and they were right!

The walk up Mount Maunganui is well worth the burning legs as you are steadily reaching the top. You can see right down the beach and we got to watch a man leap from the side of the mountain to go paragliding. Cosy Corner Holiday Park is well situated to both the Mt Maunganui stretch of beach and the Papamoa end. The facilities at this Park are really family friendly and they have great local discounts arranged for guests staying at their Parks.

My favourite walk was on Easter Sunday at Waihi Beach over to the secluded Owakawa Bay. It was an easy 6km return walk but the beach was great – I was just sad we didn’t pack a picnic. If you are staying at Bowentown Beach Holiday Park there are lots of great walks close by so you can explore the area or miles of beach so you can just relax. We met a few locals at the fishing club in the evening where we were given lots of great local kowledge on the best places to go and things to see. The restaurant at the club also offered great value for money and a courtesy coach so you can get pick up from Bowentown Beach Holiday Park and dropped off later in the evening.

We are already planning our next Family Parks holiday through the centre of the North Island and as each of the Parks offers a unique destination we always know we will experience new fun and adventure with great hopsitality no matter where we stay.

For more information about Family Parks visit: www.familyparks.co.nz

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