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Rouen, France
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed our stay in this place. Staff was very welcoming and helpful. Nice DVD collection. Room were good for the price. The beach is very close and we managed to see pinguins AND 5 sealions ! The only issue is that we have to pay 2 dol to have a hot shower. We recommend this place.

Thank Thomasrc2
Jude M, Owner at Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park, responded to this review

Hi Thomas and thanks so much for your review - we are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us and everything meet your expectations - you sure were lucky with all the wildlife you captured - we would appreciate any photos emailed through to us or to our face book page - and thanks for your recommendation. Take excellent...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small park which backs onto A beach, very clean and tidy. We spotted a few sea lions on the beach out the back of holiday park. The two ladies who worked there were very lovely. Only 5km away from cara and Neil's horse riding which my mum did- she loved it!

Thank Ez R
Jude M, Owner at Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park, responded to this review

Hi Ez R Thank yo so very much for your grand review - we really appreciate it and are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us at Surat Bay - it is a magical spot - it was great to meet you both and so glad your mum enjoyed the horse riding. Maybe see you again in Darwin one...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our Hosts were very welcoming even though we arrived well after 6pm. We were shown to our Flat and all the facilities were pointed out to us, along with the pathway to the beach. Nothing was too much trouble. We had all we needed in our flat but told we were welcome to use the kitchen and communal areas too....

Thank Jane H
Jude M, Owner at Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park, responded to this review

Hi Jane thank you so very much for your stellar review - we so appreciate hearing that we are meeting our our guests expectations - and that you enjoy what we have to offer - the sun is shining this morning - a celebration given the spring weather the summer has offered so far - hope your ongoing travels and...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We loved our time here at this small and friendly campsite. The owners were lovely, chatty and helpful. The facilities were good and comfortable. Access to the beach is a short walk over a little bridge where you will find sea lions resting on the Ssands. Albert in particular, is a real character and treated us to an amazing display...

Thank LilybetE
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What a gem of a camp ground, small site with camp kitchen and dinning lounge. Site has easy access to the river and beach to check out the seals. The site has a few cabins, powered sites and non powered sites. We are in a 2 person tent and the site was perfect for us with lovely grassy pitches for...

Thank katyguest2016
Jude M, Owner at Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park, responded to this review

Hi Katy and thank you so very much for your review it is really appreciated - and we are so pleased your enjoyed your stay with us and that the Holiday Park meet all your needs. The Catlins is unique in its diversity and wildlife and offers so much without a huge cost - great for families and tourists alike....

Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 17 January 2017

This place was a highlight of our South Island trip and couldn't fault it. We loved the location - sunsets, heart of the Catlins, beaches, sea lions - and the staff (lady with braids) was very friendly! Great facilities and we loved watching the fireworks over the lagoon on NYE. Quiet, relaxing, peaceful, off the beaten track.

Thank hanamiko
Jude M, Owner at Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park, responded to this review

Hi Hanamiko - and thank you so very much for your stellar review - we really appreciate it - and so happy to be the "highlight" of your South island trip". The New Years Eve fireworks are spectacular over the water, and you are right Surat bay is so relaxing & rejuvenating. Wishing you New Years blessings, take excellent care,...

Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 16 January 2017

Stayed 3 nights in tourist cabin. Cabin was clean and comfortable, as was the communal kitchen and games area. Kids had a great time on the trampoline. The weather was crazy but it was wonderful to be right at Surat bay so we could duck out whenever the weather calmed down a bit. Amazing to see sea lions swimming in...

Thank alyshia l
Jude M, Owner at Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park, responded to this review

Hi Alyshia - thanks so much for your stellar review we so appreciate hearing we are meeting our guests expectations and that you & your beautiful family enjoyed staying in one of our Tourist Flats. We enjoyed meeting you and we hope your holiday and travelling experiences in NZ continue to be magic - Australia is a beautiful country too....

Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

We stayed 7 nights in #1 and 2 campsites. Amazing spot looking over the Bay/estuary. Loved the wildlife and proximity to Catlins attractions. Unfortunately the weather was pretty awful the whole time and the site was very exposed to the Southerly/SW. Clean and welcoming.

Thank Andrea W
Jude M, Owner at Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park, responded to this review

Hi Andrea and thank you so much for your kind review - you and your family were great guests, with a excellent attitude - despite the windy weather - and we enjoyed meeting and getting to know you and your family. Your kayak trip was epic - we are still eagerly awaiting news of any sea lions pups born here....

Timaru, New Zealand
Reviewed 9 January 2017

My wife and I stayed here for 8 nights starting from Boxing day last year. On arrival we were greeted by friendly and informative staff. We had booked in advance as we have a medium size caravan and it is advisable at the busy time of the year. The park is a greet place to stay and we did day...

Thank Q5018WJcolinb
Jude M, Owner at Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park, responded to this review

Hi and a very Happy New Year to you both - thank you so very much for your glowing review - you have made my day -its great to know we are on the right track and our guests are happy with what we are trying to achieve. We really enjoyed getting to know you and yes you are so...

Whakatane, New Zealand
Reviewed 7 January 2017

We stayed three nights in January in one of the self catering motel units at Newhaven Holiday Park. We loved it. It was warm, spotlessly clean, comfortable and in a lovely location beside the beach and river. From the holiday park we explored the Catlins region and found this a great base to do so. It is close to Owaka...

Thank Pauline M
Jude M, Owner at Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park, responded to this review

Hi Pauline - thank you so very much for your outstanding review - it is appreciated as we work hard to meet our guests expectations - it is great to know we are on track, and you found us a great spot to base yourself while exploring the delights of the Catlins. The sun is shining bright this morning and...

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  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Suites
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Conference Facilities
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Newhaven Holiday Park (NHP) is an authentic 100% NZ Pure, eco-tourism experience. We are an award winning seaside accommodation Holiday Park, blessed with beautiful sea views, inspiring scenery, quiet & peaceful environment on the Catlins Coast at beautiful Surat Bay. Surat Bay is home to the rare and critically endangered NZ sea lion. Experience natural encounters, watch them swim and play, the whole family posing for your photo. Delight in magical beach sunsets, sea birds and native birds all in their natural environment. NHP provides beach access to Surat Bay where an excellent beach walk links to Cannibal Bay, or explore our Newhaven rain-forest walk. Newhaven Holiday Park is perfect when travelling the Southern Scenic Route being an ideal retreat in natural idyllic surroundings. We are the ultimate place to base yourself while exploring the Catlins Coast, spectacular waterfalls, Cathedral Caves, Jacks Blowhole, bush walks, penguin viewing at Nugget Point, horse treks, golf course, canoeing/kayaking, swimming, fishing, white baiting-sunset viewing. The only footprint you leave is the one in the sand. Stay and Play at Surat Bay. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park

Address: 324 Newhaven Road | The Catlins, Surat Bay 9585, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Surat Bay
Price Range: ₹ 3,428 - ₹ 6,385 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park 2*
Number of rooms: 6
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“Some tent sites are small so if you have a large tent I would suggest you mention this on booking so that you are allocated a larger site.”
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“Any of the cabins would be great depending on number of people staying and budget. Retro caravan looks really coold”
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