After reading reviews I was nervous to go.. but thought nothing alcohol can't mask. I have two kids.. and planned a ladies weekend away with my friends n go ti a gig at the hotel. On arrival the man wasn't very friendly.. rather rude actually.. said I looked like trouble and if funny business happened I would b kicked out. He moaned a lot.. saying he was sick of these gigs.. he needs to realise we were giving him business becos if the local gig.. He wacked my girlfriends hand away as he was telling us where he'd llike ys to park.. after our introduction to him.. we put up tent.. had a seat.. had predrinks , before gig, had an amazing view and an awsum time.. he left us be after that.. kitchen facilities were good.. we were camping.. not expecting 5 star.. and the bathroom was all good.. hot showers.. I wasn't complaining.. opononi was awsum and I'm going back for six sixty gig in Jan..
Had a great 3 nights here over labour weekend,
Fantastic hosts, great facilities and views
Will be back next year and bring the kids
Too much! Awsum dude .. this place rocks!! Coulda stayed longer but the man needed me back home.. Worth a stop over I reckon..
How did I miss this place? .. First time here but have been past several times. Great views of the harbour from most sites and a great area to explore. The Opononi pub is in walking distance and the fishing is great.
The proprietors have been here a long time and know the area and the people. A relaxing spot and nothing wrong with the facilities at all..
Hard to understand some of the previous negative comments. It is almost as if they were talking about a different motorcamp.
Sure the facilities are not gleaming glass and aluminium but is is a camping ground not a hotel and the location is amazing. As for the proprietors, Harry and Jenny are great people who would do anything for you, just try talking to them. I will be back and I suggest you put this place on your itinerary.
Dearest Jenny and Harry, Wow what a wonderful experience we had. The whole 22 Otamatea-Rodney young men, had such a fabulous time and you guys were great, accommodating, nothing was a problem and really looked after us.
Thank you guys so much again and we will be back.
Otamatea-Rodney Taniwha 2012
After being told by the male owner to "Follow me quietly" we did so in our camper to our spot on the hill where he told us EXACTLY how he wanted us to park. After telling him that we had an awning on the back of the van and didn`t want it facing into the wind he proceeded to actually grab my hand on the steering wheel and physically steer the van himself. After getting agitated with this and telling him to let go he went on about it being up to him how we parked and not caring at all what we wanted. When I told him we weren`t going to stay there and wanted our money back he grabbed me by the shirt through the van window until I opened the door on him to make him let go. When we went to the office to get a refund he refused to put the money back on the card, informing us there was a "$1 fee for using it" and wrote us a cheque for $1 less than we payed before informing me "it would probably bounce anyway"! We went next door to the chip shop to cash it and they told us that we weren`t the first people to have trouble at the site. After reading all the bad reviews when we got to the next camp site we really wished we had done so previously! I strongly urge you not to put money into their pockets.
Awesome time there beginning of Jan 2012. Owners helped us to stay away from young concert goers, even though we were there for the same concert. Treated well, smiles, helpful, all in a packed full camp. Definately will return on future visits to opo. Facilites were fine, a good atmosphere too.
We stayed at the camp over the xmas and new year period 2012. We have done a lot of camping in Northland, and Opononi Holiday Park is the WORST campground we have ever stayed at and we will NOT BE RETURNING!! The camp owners are rude and arrogant with very little people skills!! The ladies showers had no locks, no soap at all, paper towels and toilet paper would regularly run out and would not be refilled to the next day!! Surely a very big hygiene issue!! The power regularly overloaded so washing machines and driers would stop working, campers would put in extra money which got gobbled up and when we discussed this with the owners they were very disgruntled by the inconvience!! Then the top part of the camp had no water for three days!! The owner said that maybe a tent peg had gone through the pipe!! If that was the TRUTH, then FIX IT!! Opononi and the Omapere area is a beautiful spot but if you are travelling here, DON'T STAY HERE, BOOK A BACH!! We have just discovered for the same price as staying here we could have had a bach instead!! THUMBS DOWN TO OPONONI HOLIDAY PARK!!
Absolutely fantastic town with lovely friendly people bar the management/owners of the opononi beach holiday park. On a busy night in the town featuring concert and fishing competition the campground was absolutely chaotic with management making people wait outside for upwards of half an hour while they tried to organise the campers etc exactly as they saw fit irregardless of the wishes of the campers, being told in no uncertain terms that vehicles could not come and go once sited in campground as this would make it muddy, we were forced to walk everywhere as they would not allow vehicles out! After one night of maddening nazi-like patrols by management on a noisy quad bike (which were ineffective and did nothing to stop the loud music, fighting and drinking till 3-4am) we were then charged for 2 nights accomodation although we booked in for only 1, and when asked to refund the fee for the 2nd night they silently pointed out a sign saying no refunds.As we had prebooked and paid by creditcard, albeit on the understanding we were going to stay 1 night and would pay the 2nd IF we decided to stay, there was little we could do. Thoroughly disgusted at this behaviour and the accompanying attitude. not a good way of getting return customers. And the said fee....$50 per night for a powered caravan site.
It seemed the chap on the quad was more interested in being helpful to the young female campers and laying down the law for the more peaceful campers, than actually sorting out some of the more serious issues as far as family campground goes. Will NOT be returning there!!