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Discover New Zealand’s Top 5 Campsites Near Me

Gaming Club Casino: Fiordland National Park
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New Zealand is a wonderful place for camping, so naturally it has some great campsites and holiday parks. The sheer diversity is all part of the appeal: If you want minimalist facilities in spectacular wild landscapes, you’ll find them in New Zealand. And if you need family-friendly accommodation and features, then you’ll find that too.

Before you travel, and especially before a camping trip, you should find the right place to stay. And it’s also important to bring along the things you need. But remember, just like a mobile blackjack game where it’s important not to ‘overload’ your cards by scoring more than 21, you should not travel with too much baggage. Just take the essentials.

So here’s a look at the Top 5 Campsites near me to give your planning for a great holiday under canvas a head start.

1. Waihi Beach Holiday Park

Gaming Club Casino: Waihi Beach
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Located on North Island in the Bay of Plenty region not far from Auckland, the Waihi Beach Holiday Park is described as the park ‘where bush meets beach’. It’s set in five acres of stunning native bush, and has some mature Pohutuakawas which line the track and provide natural shade running down to the picturesque Waihi Beach itself.

Things to do: This area is a fantastic place for hiking and outdoor activities as well as beach and water sports.

What to see: This is a coastal campsite which has the magnificent Bay of Plenty on its doorstep. A traditional Maori area with much Maori culture to see, the region also has some old gold and silver mines which can be explored – organised tours are available.

Park highlights: Family-friendly features include a playground, heated swimming pool, games room and a family play room for the under-fives, and a jumping pillow. In addition, there are also spa, sauna and gym facilities and a TV room, as well as pedal go-cart hire and DVD hire. During standard holiday periods, the park also runs a Kid’s Club with various featured activities.

Food: BBQ’s and a pizza oven.

2. Timaru Holiday Park

Gaming Club Casino: Canterbury region
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Situated within Canterbury, South Island’s largest region, Timaru Holiday Park is spacious, modern and affordable campsite near me with everything you need to enjoy a perfect camping holiday. Open all year, Timaru combines the ready accessibility of a holiday park in an urban location with the peace and seclusion you would expect of a prime country setting. For instance, there’s a supermarket only five minutes walk away, and both the town centre and Caroline Bay on the Pacific Ocean can be comfortably reached on foot.

Things to do: Nearby Caroline Bay is a wonderful sheltered sandy beach for swimming and water sports. Timaru is also a great place to see Little Blue Penguins and other wildlife. The town has cafes, museums and an art gallery, and there are also local walking and cycling tracks.

What to see: Timaru is a convenient centre for exploring Maori artefacts and culture, especially the rock art of the Aoraki district.

Park highlights: Timaru offers family-friendly facilities such as a family bathroom as well as cot and high-chair hire. There’s also a playground and jumping pillow, plus a TV room, library, free Wi-Fi and DVD hire. Bikes can also be hired on-site, and pets are welcome by arrangement.

Food: BBQ area and communal kitchen facilities.

3. Red Beach Holiday Park

Gaming Club Casino: Hauraki Gulf
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Around 25 minutes north of Auckland Harbour Bridge, the Red Beach Holiday Park is a North Island gem situated on the lovely Hibiscus Coast. The iconic Red Beach itself is a wonderful sandy beach which is two kilometres long. In addition, the park owns ‘Jacobs Ladder’ – a private beach which offers safe swimming and the chance to do a little sea fishing.

Things to do: Waiwera Hot Pools offers a choice of activities: wild rides down the slides or a chance to relax and enjoy the sensual luxury of a thermal pool. Snowplanet is the only indoor snow dome in New Zealand where skiers can enjoy fun on the slopes throughout the year.

What to see: Shakespear Regional Park, one of Auckland’s finest parks, is close by. For those who enjoy wildlife, a visit to the Island bird sanctuary of Tititiri Matangi in the Hauraki Gulf is an absolute must. There’s also an adventure park and a 7.5-kilometre cycle track with scenic views of the estuary.

Park highlights: With a Kid’s Playground, trampoline, basketball and table tennis, there’s plenty of on-site activities. There’s also an organised Kid’s Cub, plus free Wi-Fi and a TV room with Sky TV.

Food: BBQ area and communal kitchen.

4. Motueka Holiday Park

Gaming Club Casino: Abel Tasman National Park
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The town of Motueka is the South Island gateway to the magnificent Abel Tasman National Park, a real tropical paradise. Motueka Holiday Park is near Motueka town centre, yet can offer peaceful parkland with mature trees and birds.

Things to do: In town, there’s a great range of holiday activities available including pony trekking, hiking, skydiving, paragliding as well as helicopter rides or aeroplane flights. And for those who enjoy water sports, there’s also swimming and sea kayaking.

What to see: Don’t miss Nelson Market, held each Saturday, for its fresh produce and local crafts. Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles provide far more than local transport – for instance, hiking and seal viewing tours. But they are also a great way to relax as you take in the stunning views.

Park highlights: Family-friendly facilities include an adventure playground, a heated swimming pool and a jumping pillow. There’s also wireless Internet, a movie room and a private spa. In addition, the park provides mountain bike and pedal go-cart hire.

Food: BBQ area and communal kitchen facilities.

5. Te Anau Holiday Park

Gaming Club Casino: Fiordland National Park
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Discover the family-owned and family friendly atmosphere of Te Anau Holiday Park set amid the lush scenic landscapes of the historic Southland region. If you want quiet spacious accommodation, you’ll certainly find it here.

Things to do: There is mini golf and a BMX track close by, plus plenty of nature and wildlife options. The area also provides stunning walks and cycle trails, as well as water activities.

What to see: The park is only a short walk away from the magnificent Lake Te Anua and South Island’s Fiordland National Park.

Park highlights: Kid’s playground, Giant Connect 4 and Kangaroo Jumper. There’s also a TV/ Recreation room equipped with Sky TV.

Food: BBQ area and communal kitchen facilities – also shops and restaurants nearby.

The Top 5 Worldwide Easter Trends

Easter chocolate
Easter chocolate
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Easter is a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. The New Testament says this occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion. It is preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.

In countries with a large Christian population or history, Easter is often a public holiday. As Easter is always on a Sunday, many countries in the world also observe Easter Monday as a public holiday and some also have Good Friday (the day of Christ’s crucifixion).

1. The Easter Egg Hunt

Obama rolling eggs with children on the White House lawn
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As an ancient Pagan symbol of new life and rebirth, the egg became associated by the Christians with Jesus’ crucifixion and subsequent resurrection.

Although the roots of the Easter egg hunt aren’t known, many believe it dates back to the 1700s and the Pennsylvania Dutch in the US. They believed that a rabbit called the Oschter Haws laid eggs in the grass. Children then built nests for the rabbit to lay in so they could search for its eggs after. The Oschter Haws eventually became known as the Easter Bunny, no longer laying eggs, but leaving treats instead.

Today’s most famous Easter egg hunt is held at the White House on Easter Monday. The “egg roll” party has been hosted by American presidents and their families since 1878. It is held on the South Lawn and is one of the oldest annual events in White House history. The First Lady Dolley Madision is credited with the original idea of a public egg roll and there are stories that President Abraham Lincoln hosted some informal ones during his tenure.

2. Decorating Eggs

giant Easter eggs in Croatia
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During their celebrations of springtime and the new life it brings, ancient peoples would include the symbolic eggs (as mentioned above) by decorating them. These coloured eggs would then be given to their friends and families as gifts. When Christianity spread, this tradition was integrated. The most common colour used to dye them was red as a symbol of Christ’s blood shed as he was crucified.

Today, different countries have different techniques for decorating their Easter eggs. For example, in Ukraine intricate folk designs are drawn onto eggs and then they are dyed. Rather than dying eggs, the people of the Czech Republic blow the egg out of its shell and then wrap and weave thin wire around it.

3. Easter Fire

German Easter Fire
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During the Easter weekend, large fires are lit at dusk in Northwestern European regions including Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Northern Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Austria. The tradition has been around at least since the 16th century, although likely was performed by the Saxons long before. These fires were traditionally lit to symbolize Spring’s victory over Winter, chasing its darkness away. They also symbolized fertility and the ashes were used in fields and meadows around town to help the new crops grow. Today these fires are more an excuse to come together as a community and enjoy yummy food and drinks.

4. Pot Throwing

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Primarily an Orthodox Easter celebration on Corfu, a Greek island, pot throwing is believed to chase off evil spirits. The origin of this surprising custom is not clear, however locals believe that the Venetians started it when they ruled Corfu from the 14th to 18th centuries. At the beginning of each new year, the Venetians would throw away old belongings to make way for the fresh new ones.

After the Venetians left, the Greeks adapted the custom by replacing the old belongings with clay pots and shifting the date to the highly-important Easter holiday. When these pots are smashed, the spectators take pieces home as good luck charms. Some also believe that the pots are a symbol of the new crops that will come with the arrival of springtime.

5. Pouring Water On One Another

men drenching woman with water in Hungary
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Easter Monday is also known as Wet Monday in Eastern European countries such as Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary. Some say Wet Monday gained its name when Christianity came to Poland and the Prince Mieszko was baptized on Easter Monday. It also may have its origins in a Slavic pagan ceremony in which the Corn Mother fertility goddess was “watered.” A doll or wreath made from corn received this water to encourage the crops’ growth.

Whichever the origin, the Śmigus-dyngus tradition lives on through the pouring of water on girls and boys. On Monday, boys pour water on girls and spank them with willow branches. Willows being the first tree to bloom in the springtime according to legend, the spanking serves to transfer the tree’s vitality and fertility. The wettest girl has the highest chance of getting married. The next day it is the girls’ turn to throw water on the boys and spank them back.

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