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South Island ▷ Nelson Region ▷ Murchison
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Don't expect this site to honour your Kiwi Holiday Parks discount card. I was told they have left the organisation and no longer accept it although they are in the 2019 Brochure which offers the discount. The nice lady at reception (not an owner) had the decency to be embarrassed.
This place looks like the old style Kiwi holiday park but modernised maybe 15-20 years ago, by a farmer, in the style of the 70's. On arrival there was a lamb chained to a tree. What?!!
Facilities are vanilla, clean-ish to start with but not so much after a couple of days of staff inactivity. Generally well kept though. Lots of trees to provide shelter, birdsong, and ducks wandering about. The Wi-Fi is so slow that it couldn't manage all the data $5 bought for the 24-hour period. Don't even dream of streaming a TV show, it barely manages the Rankers website. I only paid the $5 because cell data was non-existent. So forget Wi-Fi.
The lamb was gone in the morning, and the chain with it.
I didn't see anybody from the site except for the nice lady at reception and another lady with a spray bottle of (I presume) cleaning fluid, as I left. There was a slightly creepy post-apocalyptic feel to the place. I guess the site just reflects Murchison, a town that time and even hippies passed by. Shudder and move on.
Why would you? Good question.
Why wouldn't you? I Don't know where to start. Certainly don't bother if you're expecting a 15% discount with your Kiwi HP card. And not if you're looking for a pleasant and rewarding holiday destination. Or value for money - there's better and much cheaper just up the road.
Mark-downs? Cheeky (scam) to use the brochure to make an offer but then withdaw it when people arrive. They should in all decency have waited out the current (2019) brochure. Grubby facilities, duck poo on outside seating, desolate atmosphere.
Return? No, I think not.
Top Tip: the Murchison Motorhome Park is 9K out of town. It's about half the price all up, and much nicer.
We loved our stay here - a 'home away from home'! Highly recommend
Not a bad campsite although a bit expensive. ( with kids in tow) it cost us $60 per night and still had to pay for showers. The playground needs work but the kids loved the animals. The owners were really nice.
It's a place to park. It was close to $40 for two of us to sleep in a car. The bathrooms were clean, but you have to pay to shower. The kitchen was pretty gross and wasn't stocked with much at all utensil/plates/cups wise. Bring your own everything if you crash here.
Of the 9 camp grounds we stayed at over this summer, this one was the worst. It is a beautiful spot and the camp sites are nice but the amenities are pretty mediocre. The tariff was one of the highest we paid but then on top of it showers and Internet were additional charges making it over priced by comparison to any of the other sites we stayed at. The animals on site do add some charm and I am sure they add a lot interest for families with children but I didn't feel that that they really merit the extra cost.
With a bit of an update of the kitchen and bathrooms and elimination of the ridiculous add on charges Kiwi Park would easily could easily come in as a favourite.
Becky and James
The lady on reception (we presume the owner) was probably the most welcoming and lovely lady, on arrival she explained the area and campsite to us, and then chatted for about 10 minutes! The campsite facilities were ok, seen better, seen worse. The bathrooms are shared (which did not bother us but is worth noting). They had DVDs for rental and animals you could pet which were nice extra touches! It was a little dirty however it was pouring with rain so it would be unfair to presume it is always like that!
The spot we had was really nice, had a grass area and a picnic table! We would come back again, but ultimately what made it for us was the lady and the service she gave:)
Nice quiet spot - a haven for sand flies! Facilities good, but need a really good clean - spider webs etc everywhere. 50c additional charge for showers is annoying - I couldn't even get hot water in the ladies basin to wash my face in the morning - options were 50c in the shower or go to the kitchen. Bit odd! Owners were friendly and the animals and playground were a nice touch for the children. Have stayed recently in similar places that were cheaper, so think this one was a bit overpriced.
Quiet and peaceful with excellent shade under mature trees. Good kitchen and shower facilities. Adjacent to river with some sand fly issues!