Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park

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Award winning seaside Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park, Home of the NZ Sea Lions, 100% NZ Pure, eco-tourism camping experience

Kia Ora - Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park is an authentic 100% NZ Pure eco-tourism experience. Kiwi owned and operated - small, eco friendly, of the beaten track, award winning seaside camp for nature lovers.

Blessed with beautiful sea views, inspiring scenery, quiet & peaceful environment on the Catlins Coast at magical Surat Bay - home to the critically endangered NZ sea lions.
Magical beach sunsets / sunrises, sea birds and native birds all in their natural environment.
Perfect when travelling the Southern Scenic Route or as a base to explore the Catlins - its spectacular waterfalls, Cathedral Caves, Jacks Blowhole,…



47 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 6.

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Bailey Dunne

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing location, we did see seals on the beach here. New and clean facilities, 2 dollars for a shower and not many so there was a short wait in the morning for a shower. Quiet and friendly atmosphere

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Don G

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

I was on a motorcycle trip by myself camping all around the south island. This was by far my favorite place I stayed. I was hesitant to stay at holiday parks, but as soon as I pulled up the owners were extremely friendly and welcoming. The beach, sea lions and facilities are amazing and it's exactly what I needed after a long chilly, wet and windy day of riding. I even woke up to watch sea lions playing in the bay directly in front of my campsite. I don't really write reviews but felt I needed to make an exception for this place. It's definitely worth staying if you are by yourself, with friends or with a family. I would 100% come back if I'm ever down there.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park responds:

Anytime for you Don. It was great meeting you, hopefully w will meet again go well mate and safe travels always

Grant & Deborah :)

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Jack James

Ranking: 7/10

Highlight of the stay was the beach walk to see the local sea lions! The little kitchen was small but functional and free outdoor bbqs were nice. Free 200mb of WiFi per night was handy to. the only shame was the showers I understand being on tank water means they need to be short but would’ve been nice if it was warm too!

Reviewed 12 months ago

Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park responds:

Not quite sure what went on with the shower temperature but they are gas operated so heat shouldn't be a problem. Thanks for understanding about the rain water it makes us very eco concuss. Glad you enjoyed our beach front back yard

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Antonio Rovira

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing location - Amazing facilities - Amazing management!
My wife and I are traveling around NZ for a month as our honeymoon trip. We have stayed in many camping sites and this spot had been one of our favourite so far.
It is a great spot with a lot of activities to do. Debra (the owner) could not be a nicer person, she really makes you feel comfortable.
We really recommend you to stay here it is really worth it!
10/10 place!

Reviewed 12 months ago

Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park responds:

Thanks for the amazing review Antonio. Yes Deborah is great thats why I married her. lol So glad you enjoyed your time with us safe travels

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Gary Prescot's avatar

Gary Prescot

Ranking: 10/10

We loved this place so much we didn't want to leave. When we went, the new owners had only been there 2 weeks. Grant and Deb were great. Facilities are great and super handy for a beach walk. Watch out for the crocodiles though. The showers are a pain but they are on tank water so it's understandable. They have heaps of DVDs to borrow at no charge ( but please be honest). I can't wait to get back there one day.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park responds:

Thanks for your great review Gary. I wish we were on town supply for the showers pain in the you know where, but really happy you enjoyed your stay with . Looking forward to having you back, keep on traveling. Yay for holidays

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paul danniels


Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely fabulous stay, great staff so friendly and welcomeing. Great amenities. Very clean. Walk to veiw sea lions was stunning

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in January 2017

Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park responds:

Glad you enjoyed your stay with us mate please come again it surely is a magnificent place in the world

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Jane's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great location, we had gale force winds, but could still find a sheltered corner for a ciggy and NZ Pinot, what else do you need. Helpful staff, lovely facilities.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Alan Brown

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Quirky site, very variable pitches, so some would be rated much higher than others for space, view etc. Access to estuary and beach with lots of seals lying around. Expensive showers at 2$.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2017