Beach, Breaks & BBQ's

Tucked away in a sandy bay, with a backdrop of coastal farmland, Martins Bay Holiday Park looks out onto magnificent views of the Hauraki Gulf islands with Rangitoto in the distance. Welcoming locals and tourists alike, Edwina Vine, manager of the Auckland Council holiday park, enjoys the surprise and delight of visitors as they discover this little piece of Auckland.

“Martins Bay offers a home away from home where people can relax on the beach, swim out to the pontoon, or jump in a kayak and explore the bay. There’s plenty to do or nothing at all,” says Edwina.

Being a mum herself, Edwina ensures that families have lots of entertainment options. Over the winter the playground was completely upgraded and now includes swings and a climbing tower with slides. A foosball table in the recreation room sees plenty of action and there are games and books to borrow. Add to that the lure of kayaks and paddleboards for hire, as well as a well-stocked ice-cream and soft drink selection.

Catering to all budgets, there’s a huge range of accommodation from simple powered sites for campers and campervans to cabins that range from standard to self-contained. Choose one of the four beachfront caravans, which offer the unique holiday experience of sleeping next to the ocean in a queen bed, with bunks for the youngsters next door. Complete with an outside deck, it’s the perfect set-up for families.

Guests can enjoy use of all the facilities, including a large kitchen and BBQs, hot showers and laundry to clean up after a day at the beach or exploring the local area. 

Last year, Auckland Council decided to trial some glamping tents across their network of holiday places and Martins Bay jumped at the opportunity. Edwina loves being able to bring a different experience for those who want to try camping but don’t want to buy all the equipment and love to sleep in a comfortable bed.

“The beachfront glamping tents were snapped up last summer, so we’ve increased the number of lotus belle tents and will add our first eco-structures in the new year. Eco-structures offer a new luxury dimension to camping and are designed to withstand heavy rain for those occasional summer storms!”

Martins Bay is a great base from which to discover the local area. The holiday park has a path directly into Scandrett Regional Park for those looking for some history, incredible views of the Hauraki Gulf and a good workout. Warkworth and Matakana are just down the road with great wineries and shops to explore.

If fishing is your thing then Martins Bay has an excellent fish cleaning area, an authorised fish weigh-station, boat cleaning facilities, boat and trailer parking, bait for sale and an all-weather boat ramp not far away.

With something for everyone and approximately ten minutes from Snells Beach, heading out from Warkworth, Martins Bay Holiday Park is perfect for those looking to get away for the week or the weekend.  

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