What a place. Originally I stayed here just to rest before taking on the forgotten world hwy. Wet weather forced me to stay an extra day so I decided use that time to see what there was to do in the area. Much to my suprise and to the amazement of other New Zealanders Taumarunui is a great place to visit.
I had a great time here and ended up staying for a week. Culturally there's a lot of history, plenty of good walking tracks and great fishing and boating on the river. You can also see New Zealands famous glow worms. There amazing and it's free. Just as good as the Waitomo Caves but without the hefty price tag.
The holiday park is right on the river and a very comfortable place to stay. The kitchen is fully equiped with pots and pans as well as plates and cutlery. Everything is well maintained and very clean. Good internet and great bathrooms.
Something all holiday park users appreciate is a good shower. You know what I'm talking about. I stayed in over a dozen holiday parks in NZ and the one thing most of them have in common is little or no water pressure. Not here. The showers here are fantastic. Steaming hot with high water pressure which felt so good I didn't want to get out.
I was travelling solo but this is a great place for families. The owners are constantly working to improve the parks facilities with new cabins, artwork and activities for kids. They're well travelled (Phil's from England and Helene's a local), have great stories to tell and often get a log fire going outside the kitchen just to make your stay a little more comfortable.
My journey took me to Taumarunui twice. The first time on my way to New Plymouth and the second on my way to Lake Taupo. It's central location provided a good pivot point to travel to many locations on the North Island. I didn't have to stay the second time but my first stay was so enjoyable that I wanted to drop in and say "Hi" to Phil and Helene as well as pat Des the dog and Julia the pet pig. The other thing I wanted was a good shower and after having travelled extensively over the entire North Island I can report that these are the best showers in NZ.
If your in the area this is the place to stay. The rates are cheaper than local hotels and cabin prices for backpackers who travel in pairs are the same as you would get in a hostel. There's also good shopping just a few minutes away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 4km south of Taumarunui, situated beside the mighty Whanganui River and bordered by a native bush reserve, this is where your Ruapehu District adventure starts! An ideal base for fishing the many local rivers and kayaking the Whanganui River, the start/finish point for the renowned Forgotten World Highway, and only 35 mins north of Tongariro National Park and Whakapapa Ski Field. ... more less