There is a cassette only dump station which is connected to a Septic tank which I’ve never used but plenty do and there is potable water too. I waited until I went back through Whitianga and used that Dump Station.
I rocked up to the “Office” door and Margaret popped her head around the door with the usual smiley face she has. A really nice lady and its amazing that she pretty much runs this now on her own now.
All the proceeds from Camping are sent to the Charity of the moment. Last time we were here it was St Johns in Whitianga.
I met Dave and Helen who were in their Caravan from Whangamata who were with their friends who were next to us. Dave is a Self Containment officer so it was really interesting talking to him about Motorhome and Caravan things.
There was also a really nice guy from Nelson staying there called Bim who is travelling around the North Island with his friend in his Motorhome with a boat. With the wind blowing Dogs off Chains that day, neither Dave or Bim were keen to battle the elements out in the bay in their boats.
I went for a couple of walks along the beach and got some updated images.. Its a sensational place to stay and its a place you never get sick of.
This is a relatively new park and as I was in the area, I thought it would be rude not to pop in and have a nosey.
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Its right on the main turnoff for Whitianga and just along from Countdown and opposite the Waterways so its in a great spot.
I was heading further North so didn’t stay the night but there was plenty of room with about 10 Motorhomes and Caravans there. It comes complete with Potable water at the entranceway and I’m sure I saw a rubbish bin there too.
With a river flowing around it and easy to walk through bush, this really is a lovely spot to stay.
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I dropped in out of the blue and with my NZMCA card was charged $10 with power which I thought was amazing. This included some Wifi, access to Toilets, Showers and a well set up Kitchen.
After settling down with Rafe, opening some vents and plugging in, I set off to have a look around.
I was blown away by the beauty of the bush and the river. There are quite few permanent Caravans attached to buildings set up as Baches but not many of them were occupied.
Although I could get some wifi via my Netspeed connection, it was a bit ropey and the cell phone service was erratic too. Even text messages were tough going but it is all about enjoying talking to each other and enjoying the scenery.
Only 3k’s from the Coroglen pub on a nicely formed gravel road, it is easy to get to.
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Neat Oven in the Kitchen
Great social area
One of the Bach’s
I spent a very pleasant couple of hours chatting to a couple of 20 something year old Danish Soldiers who had recently been in Afghanistan which was really interesting as my youngest son was there in NZ’s first rotation when he was 17 about 2001. They’re both travelling around NZ together in a small van.
A really nice spot, nice hosts and really good value.
This is as good as it gets without going to a tropical island and includes all the nice things that go with it.
Fiona and I first came here about 8 years or so ago when there was an accommodation deal with an apartment block next door where we could walk through a hole in the fence. It was just magic and we have often talked about when we could go again.
There is something seriously nice about sitting in the pool having cocktails and beautiful sea food chowder while you’re enjoying the heat from the thermal waters.
In December this year, they’re celebrating their 10th Anniversary so we might have to pop back in then too 🙂
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Just over 10 years or so ago, longtime Whitianga entrepreneur Alan found out he had some thermal water under his property but it was just a case of finding it. After sinking 4 bores down at huge expense, he struck gold and the Lost Spring was found. Over the course of a few years, he then set out to create what we see now as the Lost Spring Hot Pools and Restaurant.
The detail in the Caves and Volcanos with waterfalls and the Gardens are amazing and its something else to swim in and out of them.
You’ve probably gathered by now that I’m a real sucker for some nice Hot Pools but these really do take the cake!
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On the Swing Bridge over the pool
Looking out of a Volcano back to the old Schoolhouse
The swing bridge
Outside the Restaurant
Part of the Restaurant (Schoolhouse)
The old Schoolhouse
Rafe in the Motorhome Parking with palms and nice things all around 🙂
Alan now runs it with his daughter Allana and it just gets better and better with the addition of a Day Spa and some elevated Massage Therapy rooms overlooking the pools.
They also have some overnight parking for customers Motorhomes so if you spend the day there, you can blob out straight into your Motorhome afterwards.
One of the neat things here is the old Whitianga Schoolhouse was moved and restored and is now the Restaurant, Reception and changing room area.
The whole experience is a real treat and trust me, you will feel very spoiled!
If you’re in the area, this is an experience you won’t forget and remember you can park your Motorhome there if you’ve had a swim.
Friends Gary and Dianne have just spent 3 months Motorhoming around France and a Mediterranean Cruise so it was good to be able to catch up with them and hear all their news. We last saw them well over 6 months or so. We arranged to meet “half way” between Taupo and Auckland and that was Waihi Beach 🙂
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Several weekends ago, the grandsons Ayden and Liam came to stay the night with us. Liam left his comfy Bunbun (soft toy rabbit) behind so we needed to stop in at their place in Ardmore on the way and drop them off. We haven’t seen son and daughter in law Alex and Sarah much lately so it was nice to see them for the night.
We set off for Waihi Beach NZMCA park early the next morning and stopped at Ngatea for a Latte, as you do and while sitting in the sun, I received a call from Tracey to say she would highly likely have an offer for our house by the following morning… WOW .. after the best part of a year in trying to sell it.
So with that start to the day, we were off fizzing through the Karangahake Gorge and into Waihi Beach.
I expected the NZMCA park to pretty full but there was only a hand full of caravans and Motorhomes scattered around the outside when we arrived. The weather was stunning so we sat outside and had cups of tea until Gary and Dianne arrived in the Neismann & Bischoff.
More phone calls arrived and with confirmation that an offer was coming and what it was, we knew we had something to celebrate 🙂 .. and celebrate we did. Fiona even had two bottles of cider !!
It was really nice to hear some of the highlights of Gary and Diannes trip and some of the places they stayed at in France and good to catch up too.
In the morning, we spent most of the morning with phone calls and sending and receiving documents and by late afternoon, it was in the bag! A great day..SOLD .. cash unconditional too!
The next day.. more fine weather and we set off on the bikes into Waihi Beach shops to get some groceries from the 4 square which is about 1 k away. An easy flat ride.
Another nice day in the sun. Later that day Robin and Linda who recently sold their house in Waihi and bought a Morelo that they’re now living in, popped in to say hi and later joined us for a drink. Really nice to see them too.
After they went, Gary and I walked down the road to the local Fish and Chip shop to hunt and forage for tea and the girls were very happy with the result.. complete with Oysters and Scallops 🙂
The NZMCA park is a great addition to the park network and is very hand to the beach, shops and there is a Cafe right next door too, and don’t forget the Fish and Chips!
A neat weekend and great to see everyone.
The Netspeed Speedtest
The Bowentown Holiday Park is in one of the best locations with one of the best Beachs !
With a friendly crew and with the NZMCA off season deal of pay for two nights, and get two thrown in, it was just too tempting! Their normal tariff at $23pp powered I thought was very reasonable anyway, given the facilities provided.
With Tania’s cheery voice on the phone and confirming there was a space for Rafe, I was underway.
The Bowentown Holiday Park is at the end of a long peninsula right on the beach. It is well setup up with a newish Amenities block with TV room, Games room, huge Kitchen and an amazing space age looking Laundry. There is also a spa pool area there too. I was offered a park right up against the hill overlooking the beach and the rest of the park. It was a breeze getting in and settling Rafe and I was off for a look around and down to the beach. A magic spot.
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The view from Rafe
What a view
The walk to Waihi Beach
More great parking
Looking up to Wahi Beach
On the Boardwalk
The park has just changed hands after 30 something years, with new owners Mike and Bec settling in and only just 4 weeks in, have already got a plan of attack for new improvements. Two of the cabins are well into a full refurbishment with more to come!
The beach here though is the feature of course and being right next to it, it just doesn’t get any better. Even in Winter!
A nice park, nice people and I’ll be back soon.
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I was on my way to Bowentown but couldn’t help but pop in and have a nosey at one of our new Parks. Its also got a Cafe a few doors along so very handy.
As I drove in one of the first things I saw was Robin and Linda’s brand new Morelo. They’ve sold their house and the new beast is now their new home. It comes from the same stable as the Dethleffs in Pokeno so I was keen to catch up and see how it was all going.
They’re having fun. They’re really pleased with it. At 8.4 metres long it was the height that’s impressive.. they’re massive!
We had a good natter and my 5 minute chat and quick stop to get some piccies turned into an hour or so! .. Nice people.
The park had about 20 odd Motorhomes and Caravans in it and there was plenty of room for more.
Its in a great location being an easy walk to the beach and to the shops and the Cafe next door will be pleased to see the park open.
Another great place to park and a great addition to the network of parks.
Karangahake Gorge is just amazing. We walked around here a year or two ago but didn’t quite get to the Windows walk for some reason. Well.. its wild.
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After parking Rafe in the carpark next to two other Motorhomes, I set off with the box brownie and headed across the suspension bridge crossing the Ohinemuri River.
The old Powerhouse used to be at the other end but all that can be seen now is the concrete base.
The walk is supposed to take an hour and is 2.5 kms. I headed off up the right hand side of the gorge along a pathway which had some mine entrances heading off into the hillside.
As the walk went further on, the pathway was cut into the sheer cliff face and protected by barriers. Just stunning with the river below. Knowing that this was a loop walk back across the other side, I couldn’t see anywhere across the other side that looked like it could accommodate a track!
As I went further on, I came across another suspension bridge crossing the river and a track leading up some steps into a Tunnel. Just as well I brought my cell phone for some light although a torch would have been better .. note for next time!
The original tracks are still in there for the Gold Diggings train too.
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Close to the river
Easy Motorhome parking
Looking up the river
One of the mine entrances
Look at those sheer cliffs. This must be where the tunnel is.
The old gold process buildings
Where they were.
The Tunnel with one of the “windows”
Looking down on the track that I’d walked up.
Coming out of the tunnel
Rafe beside the river
As the Tunnel went on their were little exits (Windows) out across the river and eventually it came out to a well formed track.
I bumped into a couple of chaps from Spain enjoying the walk who were keen to do more walks. A family with small kids went through too so its suitable for all ages.
Further along there was the ruins of the processing plants that occupied most of the hillside. Its not a big area so its amazing what they fitted in there at that time.
After a chat with my Spanish friends at the end of the track, I headed back across the main swing bridge to the carpark where there was originally a whole township. An amazing spot! .. I’ll definitely have to come back here again.!