Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park

Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park



47 Rankers Reviews

18 Face-to-Face

143 Camping Grounds

10 Owaka



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,…


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Operating Season And Hours

Summer - 0830 - 2030hrs Check in after 2 PM, Check out 10 AM
Winter - 0900 - 1800hrs


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Sally Smith


Ranking: 10/10

Excellent park. Beautifully clean & well kept facilities. We don't often use the kitchen/lounge facilities but these were so inviting we couldn't resist. Pity it was so wet we couldn't take advantage of some of the local walks. Recommend this park to others.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park responds:

Hi Sally - thanks for your grand review, the beach and rain forest walks are magical and it is a shame the weather curtailed your ability to enjoy them. Hopefully you can return sometime and explore them in sunshine. Take excellent care, Cheers Jude

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D J 13


Ranking: 9/10

Delightful host, great little campsite, super clean facilities where everything worked. Would be 10 except for limited showers. Stroll to Surat Bay for sealions.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park responds:

Hi and thanks.
We really appreciate your complimentary review, yes we are a small locally owned family operated business, not a big council camp.
Take care, and hope to see you agin some day
Cheers jude

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Andrew Cruickshank

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Nice site and we had a prime spot to park our van right by the water with a great view. Facilities were very good with a nice clean kitchen and the manager / owner had suggestions for walks. If you go to the beach in the early morning (to watch a sunrise maybe) be aware that the local sea lions not only like to sleep on the beach but secluded in the dunes as well! I nearly fell over one and it scared the crap out of me! Otherwise a really nice site.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2015

Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park responds:

Hey Andrew
Thanks so much for your fun and kind review. Yes i have done that too - almost stepped on a sea lion walking along the beach track. It is so worth while getting up early for the beach sunrise shots - the photo on our sign as you enter the camp was taken by a guest Barry - from Germany. Huge wow factor. Site No 1 is magic.
Again thanks, take excellent care, cheers Jude

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Jeni's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What a great Easter break we had!

The Tourist Flat (3) was well equipped and comfortable, the location was ideal and strolling along the beach was amazing! What a great place to get away from it all.

The hubby said I made a 'good call' choosing Newhaven and didn't want to leave and the wee man couldn't decide what he liked best - the beach, the trampoline, the giant chess set or the bunk beds!!!

Thank you for such a relaxing stay.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park responds:

Hi Jeni - You are so welcome and thanks for your grand review. Its a real compliment when people don't want to leave your facility - a lot of our guests do extend there stay to enjoy both Holiday Park and Surat Bay- we are blessed with beautiful environs - and then explore the Catlins from here.We are so pleased you relaxed & had fun, and we look forward to seeing you again some day.
Cheers Jude

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Jess Rose

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Wonderful! The lady who runs the camp was a real gem so sweet by showing us around and pointing out a nice sheltered spot for us to camp. Facilities were great and kitchen well stocked with utensils, there was also a living room with TV

Right next to the beach with it's own access, it was lovely to hear the waves when you wake up. Everything was meticulously cared for and the price is very reasonable @ $16pp. Only downside is it's not free wifi but that too is also really reasonably priced so if you can't live without Wifi it won't break the bank.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park responds:

HI and thanks so much for taking the time to review us. We're thrilled you enjoyed your stay, waking up to the sound of the sea is magic. Take excellent care, Cheers Jude

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Brita Topp


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful, small, clean. A wonderfully located (beach) very small - and that also means small sites, nothing for big motorhomes - and exceptionally spotless place, run by a very nice chap. It is the cosiest and most home-feeling place I have so far experienced, with a little veggie garden from which you are invited to pick. The amenities are very, very well maintained and equipped. It is truly a newHAVEN, and one can only hope that all guests appreciate it and help keeping it as it is.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park responds:

Hi Brita, Thank you for your great review, we are pleased you enjoyed the beach and feeling at home here.
Thanks, Lyndon.

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Tom's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great location, easy walk for long beach strolls. Small but well equipped and clean. Would definitely go back, a place to stay longer at.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park responds:

Hi Tom,
Thank you for your great review, we are pleased you enjoyed the beach and handy location and we would love to see you again one day.
Thanks, Lyndon.

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Anna Lutey

United States

Ranking: 10/10

My husband and I spent one night in our campervan at Newhaven and LOVED it. We spent three weeks traveling around the South Island and Newhaven was one of the best holiday parks we visited. It is VERY clean and in a beautiful location. I highly recommend them.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park responds:

Hi Anna, Thank you for your great review of our little piece of paradise, we are pleased you loved it here.
Thanks, Lyndon.