Raetihi Holiday Park & Cabins

Raetihi Holiday Park & Cabins

Raetihi Holiday Park & Cabins

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This review was selected by raetihi_park of Raetihi Holiday Park & Cabins on Tue 26 Jul, 2016.

Emma-Louise Crawford's avatar

Emma-Louise Crawford

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Very friendly and great service! We kept our car here whilst canoeing down the river (with the associated 'Whanganui River Canoes'), and stayed in one of the cabins the night we returned. Simple, cosy and nice - Raetihi Holiday Park had everything we needed!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in April 2014

Raetihi Holiday Park & Cabins responds:

Hi there Emma, thanks for staying with us - we loved having you here, and are glad you enjoyed a trip on the river with us too!! See you next time you stay :)

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Ellie

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely loved this place! Such great value at 15pp with fully stocked kitchen. Friendly staff who kindly helped us find their glowworm Dell after hours! The perfect place to wind down after the tongariro crossing. Would definitely come back

Reviewed 5 months ago and experienced in January 2020

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GreatLuAdventure

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely spot. If nothing else, go for the showers. There are heat lamps! Lost a point because paid wifi. 20pp for a powered site.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Zoe M

Ranking: 8/10

Brand New shower & toilet block with lovely free hot showers. Very good value for money at $30 for 2 ppl on non powered site. They can arrange shuttles to the bridge to nowhere bike track & canoe trips which I highly recommend. Also allow you to leave vehicles overnight while you're away.
Not quite the standard of a top 10 for cleaning etc but worth a stay.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Pim Brackenie

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Simple campsite for $15 per person for an unpowered campervan spot. $4 to use washing machine and $4 to use dryer. Hot shower and toilet facility was very outdated and was not clean, but a new facility was under construction. Kitchen and dining room seemed new and were quite spacious. Owners were very friendly.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Kim

Ranking: 9/10

$15 per person for non-powered site. Good facilities, friendly staff and a lovely dog.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Elizabeth Brock

Ranking: 9/10

Really well kept campsite, full kitchen and large social areas with free high pressure hot showers!! Great games available if you want them, best value for money site we've found while travelling the north island. PERFECT for after the Alpine crossing. Quiet too, only reason for a 9 and not a 10 was the slightly dated shower building.
Thanks for a great stay!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Raetihi Holiday Park & Cabins responds:

Hi there Elizabeth, thanks for your review - it was great having you stay :)

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Grace Craven

Ranking: 8/10

Although not the most charming campsite, this is a brilliant place to stop after the Tongariro crossing.
The site has some views of the mountains, and is set back from the main road in a grassy enclosure. It was a little bit difficult to find a flat non powered site for our van but but the cooking and washing facilities are clean and well maintained. The showers are hot, powerful and best of all FREE! It was well worth the cost after being exhausted from the crossing!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Raetihi Holiday Park & Cabins responds:

Hi Grace, thanks for staying with us. We love our views of the mountains too - and are always working on the grounds trying to make things easier for our campers!!

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Ernst Mayerhofer

Ranking: 5/10

Stayed there one night in our campervan. Clean kitchen with dishes and everything you need for cooking. Living room with sofas and dining table. Bathroom facilities are working and hot shower is free, but not clean.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Nina Conway

New Zealand

Ranking: 1/10

All started well and was thinking of booking for summer, until I fell in a hole on my second day there. It was a man-made hole, invisible at night and barely visible during the day...covered in long grass with a log as a hidden companion. I broke my arm really badly...spiral fracture to the humorous with butterfly fragment....it was and still is bad. I was stuck at the park for a week after the fall, despite the fact I was due to leave two days later and not only did the park proprietors totally ignore the situation, they even charged me for the time I was forced to stay. No one offered me any help, like a lift to the doctors. I was left to fend for myself, my 9 year old daughter and my dog on my own with only one functioning arm and the other one incredibly painful.
The 'office lady' tried her best but I've been partially disabled for nearly 3 months now and I'm struggling to get an answer to the question "Has the hole been filled in yet?"
This park was sold to me as being 'child friendly' and also 'pet friendly'. Neither is true. Please don't make the mistake I did! This web-site does not tell the truth and they don't give a damn if something goes wrong. So as the 3 month mark approaches, I clearly understand that this beautiful piece of land is managed by people who are too busy for their customers. It appears cheap and a good deal, and they say they are kid & pet friendly. They are not.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in July 2016

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Beth Goodrich

Australia

Ranking: 5/10

After reading reviews, expected a lot more from this site. Owners weren't overly nice and are incredibly up tight about cleanliness, which is fine and understandable, but requesting my credit card details in case I leave a mess is taking it a bit too far. Only one shower (unisex) and has one of the two toilets in it. Glow worm walk would've been great if half the lanterns weren't out leading us to getting a little lost. When we finally found them my partner took a small step left and landed in a metre deep muddy puddle. Washing and dryer is $4 for each but the dryer only runs for half an hour and left everything wet! Not impressed.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

Raetihi Holiday Park & Cabins responds:

Hi there Beth, thank you for your feedback - sorry your stay was not as expected !

NZ has just had it's busiest summer ever for tourism, and our Holiday Park did too - which was really fantastic, but as you can imagine with communal facilities, we really have had to remind guests to tidy after themselves.
Nearly every accommodation provider in NZ has a standard check in form and that usually includes credit card details as a request.
Our Holiday Park has five showers, and six toilets - and even better, we are working on plans to build an entire new bathroom building too which we are really looking forward to!
As you can imagine in the middle of winter it gets a little glum, and the solar lights don't retain the solar power quite as they should, however on the directions to the glow worms hanging in our communal area we do mention that a torch is required.
Our laundromat machines are less than one year old, and as long as they are not overloaded they manage to wash and dry all of our Holiday Park bedding on a regular basis. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travel throughout New Zealand.

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Trevor Mead

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

The raetihi holiday park is a great place to stay. We have a large bus and have found a spacious site.great little fairy walk down to glow worms

Reviewed over 4 years ago

Raetihi Holiday Park & Cabins responds:

Thank you for your review - glad you enjoyed the new fairy trail!

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Daniel Pietzsch

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Overall, this campground is great value for money. It's clean and well maintained, and the tent sites are grassy and have the occasional shared table-benches. WiFi is good be reasonably priced. This campground is very convenient, if you booked the Whanganui Journey with them as well.
The only negative thing we could find was the old bathroom block – it was clean, though. Overall, we'd stay here again.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

Raetihi Holiday Park & Cabins responds:

Hi there Daniel, thanks for your review - glad you enjoyed your stay - we hope you loved the trip on the river too, and the free hot drinks before and after the trip :) We agree, the old bathroom does need a bit of work - being a council owned property we are just waiting really for the council to agree with us - but we will get there. Come and stay with us again soon and check out the new deck on our kitchen building!

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Emma-Louise Crawford's avatar

Emma-Louise Crawford

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Very friendly and great service! We kept our car here whilst canoeing down the river (with the associated 'Whanganui River Canoes'), and stayed in one of the cabins the night we returned. Simple, cosy and nice - Raetihi Holiday Park had everything we needed!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in April 2014

Raetihi Holiday Park & Cabins responds:

Hi there Emma, thanks for staying with us - we loved having you here, and are glad you enjoyed a trip on the river with us too!! See you next time you stay :)

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Niels Katsma

Ranking: 8/10

For $10 I parked my car on the grass, could use a shared kitchen and took a hot shower (bathroom is pretty outdated).

Reviewed over 4 years ago

Raetihi Holiday Park & Cabins responds:

Hi there Niels, thanks for your review - we agree, we do have an outdated bathroom building - but we also have two fantastic bathrooms on our modern communal building - we will get on the the older building as soon as we are able to.

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Hya@nztrip

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

A nice and cozy place. Rebecca and Ben are great hosts and make you feel very welcomed. We booked our canoe trip on the Whanganui river with them (well maintained equipment, unlike some others in the region) and stayed in a tent on our first night. Nice green spots. A safe place to park the car while away for the trip. When we came back we decided to stay another night and booked the cabin. Our hosts prepared hot coffee and tea for all of us to warm up. The cabin and showers are clean and tidy, the kitchen is well equipped with all you need and heaters in there to warm up. Washing machine and dryer are tops. Overall great stay and definitely recommended.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

Raetihi Holiday Park & Cabins responds:

Wow - thank you so much for your great review - it was great meeting you, and we are glad you loved your time at our Holiday Park and on the Whanganui River! The hot drinks have gone down a treat this season for every guest paddling the river :)

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Scott Strutner

United States

Ranking: 7/10

From a car-travelling, tent-camper's perspective: overall a decent place, safe, well placed, has great glow worms a 2 minute walk away, but bathrooms are a bit worn out. Great clothes washers and driers. Two of each, $4 to run per machine, with hot water too! Kitchen is in good shape, standard style. Shower was hot.

Mixed: Wifi available, but not free.

Cons: One block of showers were straight rundown. The second shower available gets the whole bathroom floor soaked. Second, for tents there are 5 lights that shine directly onto the lawn all night.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

Raetihi Holiday Park & Cabins responds:

Hi Scott, thank you for your review - great to hear you enjoyed your stay :) We do have one run down shower building we have been asking our council for a couple of years now to help us out with it - but sometimes things move a little slowly :/ We are proud of the communal building with the kitchen, laundry and bathroom/shower. The wet floor shower is pretty standard in NZ for disabled bathrooms. We do need to charge for the wifi so that there is enough for everyone - if we gave it away for free, no one would be able to use it as it would use too much data! But there is free wifi just around the corner from our Holiday Park at the town library which we always recommend if customers can't afford to pay. In 2014 we spent quite a bit of money landscaping a flat camping area away from the security lights, and there is plenty of camping space there - sorry you did not find that area, but the other lights are pretty standard security lights and are required to be there. Thanks again for staying with us :)

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Catherine McKenzie

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

A group of 6 of us stayed used the holiday park to do the 3 day Whanganui river journey and its was brilliant.
We stayed in a cabin the night before and had a good nights sleep, comfy and clean!
The price of the trip was really reasonable, canoes and equipment in great nick, it's clear these guys take safety seriously. Most importantly they are really friendly and make you feel really welcome. We were able to leave our car at the campsite and get ferried to and from the river in the minibus as part of the cost.
We had ice cold beers waiting for us at the end of the trip-much needed after 3 days of paddling!
My only regret is not staying at the holiday park longer. Highly recommend this place, I will be sending people their way :)

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

Raetihi Holiday Park & Cabins responds:

Hi Catherine - WOW - Thanks for the great review!! And thanks for choosing to do the canoe trip and stay with us at the Holiday Park. Brrrr, we have started pulling out a few more of the hot drinks now as it is getting a wee bit chilly for the ice cold beers - but no doubt next summer our canoeists will be getting an icy treat!!

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Emma Crawford

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We have stayed at the holiday park a few times now and every time we are greeted with the happy friendly face of Rebecca and her gorgeous children. The campground is very well looked after and the facilities are always nice and clean. The location is so handy to lots of walking and biking tracks. We will definitely be back for another holiday.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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sally jetson

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I stayed at the Raetihi Holiday Park in April. The staff were so helpful!! They booked me for a three day trip on the Whanganui River (breathtaking!) and when I finished the trip I stayed for one more night. The staff helped me book a shuttle to the Tongariro Crossing the next morning right from the Holiday Park. The Holiday Park was really tidy, the room was comfortable and the owners had some really cute pets!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in April 2015

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Erin Decker

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Ben and Rebecca are lovely hosts (with adorable children who greeted us and performed their haka), the facilities are clean and spacious, and this is the perfect launch point for the Whanganui River Journey. The owners of the holiday park also operate Whanganui River Canoes, where you can freedom hire canoes or sign up for a guided canoe trip, including transportation to and from the river. Canoeing the Whanganui was my absolute favorite part of my 3-week holiday in New Zealand, and I would highly recommend staying at the Raetihi (pronounced REH-dih-hee) Holiday Park and booking with Ben and Rebecca. They gave us the opportunity to pack our barrels the night before and gave us hourly weather/river updates when we were concerned the river might be too high for the trip (turned out perfectly!). Ben also operates a jet boat company, so if anything were to happen on the trip, he can come to your rescue! Also, you can leave your vehicle on site during your trip, free of charge.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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havinfun

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Stayed here two nights ago as part of our mountain bike package organized by Bridge to Nowhere Lodge to do the Mountains to the sea, Mangapurua/Bridge to Nowhere cycle trail.
Centraly located in the Ruapehu region, the Raetihi Holiday Park had every thing we required to keep us very happy.
Facilities were very clean and tidy and the special three course breakfast, "specially ordered of course" went down a treat.
Great work guys.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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cobra

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Stayed here the night before we rode our bikes to the Bridge to Nowhere/Wanganui River.
Their Holiday park is ideally based for many activities in the Ruapehu region.
Very help full staff, facilities all very clean and tidy. In fact we only booked in for one night to start with, but ended up staying three. So much to do and see from this location.
Keep up the good work guys, 10/10

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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JohnJack

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Raetihi Holiday Park is one of the best places we found to stay if you are thinking of going down to the Whanganui River or doing any activities in and around the Ruapehu region.
Stayed here the night before we did the Bridge to Nowhere Tour.
The camp ground was well equipt, clean and tidy.
Mandy who operates the holiday park was very helpfull in all of our inquiries and guided us in the right direction for a fantastic two day journey at Bridge to Nowhere.
Thanks Mandy, we will be back.
John Jack.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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riverlover

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

This camp ground is the gate way to the Whanganui River National Park.
We did the bridge to nowhere tour and used this place as our base.
We found the staff there,Libby and Mandy to be very proffesional and it showed in how the place was run.
Very clean and tidy.
Thanks girls, we will be back for longer next time.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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putze

France

Ranking: 10/10

Stayed at this camp ground before we did the Bridge to Nowhere Tour on the Whanganui River. The staff here were very help full and informative. This camp ground was very well run and clean and tidy.

Reviewed over 10 years ago