Activities

There’s so much to do in and around Sandspit Holiday Park, you’ll never be bored! We’ve got great activities to keep the kids and adults alike entertained.
Or if its relaxation you’re seeking, there are plenty of spaces around the park just right for ‘getting away from it all’.
While you’re here, it’s a must that you check out all the fantastic local attractions.
Once you get to know the area a little better, you’ll find yourself wanting to come back time after time, because one trip will never be enough.

Camp Activities

One of the best things about Sandspit Holiday Park is the range and accessibility of camp activities.

Keep the kids or yourself entertained kayaking around the bay in one of our free kayaks; get competitive playing outdoor chess or on the life size snakes & ladders, or just spend some time together strolling the several bush walks close by.

If you’re here over the January holiday period, we organise fun-filled activity days for the kids with lolly scrambles every night and camp events to get everyone involved.

Whether you’re a family of 10, or a couple escaping the city for the weekend, there’s so much to see and do at Sandspit.

Water Activities

When the tide is in, you can use one of the free kayaks available on the foreshore to explore the bay. Life jackets must be worn at all times and are available beside the boats. To ensure everyone’s enjoyment, all equipment should be returned when you’ve finished.

Games

The centrally located Games Hall has a table tennis table, a soccer (foosball) table, air hockey table and a coin-operated pool table for hours and hours of competitive entertainment, also located at the back of the Games Hall is a springfree trampoline for children of all ages to enjoy.

Table tennis balls are available in the office for $1. Good table tennis bats are reserved for the more careful adults and are provided at the office. There’s also a life sized snakes and ladders game on the concrete patio outside the games hall, complete with a large dice. A large outdoor chess set can be found by the barbecue area and croquet and pétanque sets are available from the office.

Giant Art Trail

The park's own Giant Art Trail is located behind the park on the drive leading to the walking track. There are 7 pieces to find with the first just up from the water tanks and the last just after you enter the bush track.

Camp Walks

Sandspit is not just full of fun activities, there’s also breath taking scenery to marvel at on the several walks around the area. One of the closest bush walks is found at the back of the grounds.

There’s a road that leads up a hill past the resident donkeys and sheep
(see ‘Animals’ below) and an olive grove up to a spectacular 200 year-old Pohutukawa tree. Take the time to walk in under it, around its old gnarled roots and appreciate the years this old native has seen. To make sure it lives to see another 200 years, we do ask that you refrain from climbing the tree.
From here, back track to the mown grassed area and follow the track through untouched New Zealand bush, full of native birds and flora.
At several points you can stop to enjoy the natural views out across Kawau Bay to Kawau Island and out beyond to the Pacific Ocean.
There are several lesser tracks which lead off up to Brick Bay but they are steeper and best for the able walker.
Keeping to the main track, you’ll find it opens out to a lovely grassed area that gently rolls down to the beach. There’s a great tree swing here where you could spend time just looking out on this world class vista.
Finally, head back along the beach to return to the camp ground. Along the way, check out the natural rock formations along the beach front which look like pools of stone, and see some of the older permanent batches perched along the water’s edge. If you don’t want to get wet, this walk is best when the tide is out. print this walk

For those who would rather stay on the flat, why not talk a stroll down to the main wharf or new local marina.
To do this, just walk out the camp entrance, cross the road then head towards the boat club until you see the boardwalk, and follow it down to the main wharf.
Or, if you’re feeling energetic, visit Snells Beach on foot ­ follow the coast line around and out of the bay at low tide. Make sure you leave plenty of time though ­ this walk takes about one hour each way.

Animals

A camp ground is not complete without a mascot! At Sandspit Holiday Park, we’ve got more than that, with a resident family of donkeys, grazing just behind the grounds.
You can visit the animals anytime, but please avoid feeding them ­ they’ve got special diets and we don’t want them to get fat!
Sandspit Holiday Park loves animals, however we don’t have room for family pets sorry.

BBQ Area

Our BBQ area is free to use for campers, it has 3 large industrial hotplate style BBQ's with plenty of lighting and seating. The hours of operation is from 8am to 10.30pm every day.

Library

For those of you who like to relax with a good book, a lending library is available for all campers, with books and puzzles for all ages and preferences.

Internet Access

A wireless hotspot is provided by IAC (internet access company) and is available in & around the park, see the office for an IAC access card or search for the IAC hotspot and log on yourself.

Local Activities

The surrounding area, including Warkworth, Matakana, Leigh and several idyllic east coast beach coves, boasts a range of local attractions and activities.
Matakana is famous for its laid back vineyards and local produce, while Warkworth has a range of restaurants and cafes when you need a break from the beach side barbeques.
For the more adventurous, there’s the Goat Island Marine Reserve for up close snorkeling experiences with Snapper, Kawhai, John Dory or Kingfish. Goat Island’s fish are just for looking at, but if it gets your taste buds fizzing, why not take a fishing charter from Sandspit Wharf out into Kawau Bay and try your luck catching some for dinner.
And when all these activities have left you in need of some relaxation time, there are plenty of beaches and coves where you can find a spot of your own to just pass away the hours reading or snoozing. Bliss!

Kawau Island

Wonderful day trips to Kawau: Royal Mail Run Cruise ­ Learn about the history and admire the beauty of Kawau Island, High Speed Discover Tours ­ 2hour tour past Beehive Island to Moturekareka Is, Motutara Is, see the shipwrecked Rewa, old quarry, copper mines then on to Kawau. Enquire at office for more information. view website

Goat Island

An amazing Marine Reserve. Thousands of fish that eat out of your hand. You can hire flippers, snorkel and masks from Seafriend Marine centre. view website

Glass Bottom Boat (Goat Island)

If you don’t want to swim then experience Goat Island on a glass bottom boat.
To book Ph (09) 422 6334. view website

Sheep World

Unique hands on experience. Hand feed baby lambs (in season) and tame sheep. See how farmers control working dogs with whistle and voice and how dogs control sheep with eye and bark. Join in the drafting. Get a really close up view of sheep shearing. Eco-discovery trail, adventure terrain, pond encounter. view website

Waiwera Hot Pools

20 minutes south of Sandspit are the hot pools. A wonderful complex with different sized pools and water slides. view website

Artisans Trail and Wine Trail

Collect a pamphlet from the office and visit some of the vineyards and galleries.view website

Honey Centre

Visit the honey centre and watch live bees working. view website

Matakohe Kauri Museum

One of New Zealand’s top tourist attractions. Allow a couple of hours as it’s not to be rushed.
view website

Horse Riding

Mackenzie‘s - Warkworth Ph(09) 425 8517. Horse and pony rides for all ages. Suits beginners and experienced riders. view website

Warkworth Museum

Set in Peaceful surroundings the history of the area is displayed, the old Warkworth Gaol, a bushman’s hut and a tiny post office. Two magnificent Kauri trees can be found here. Largest collection of old clothes in N.Z. view website

Matakana Farmers Market & Matakana Country Park

Operating on Saturday Mornings. Country Park is a huge complex at Matakana with horses, llamas, children’s play area and exhibitions.view website

SnowPlanet

Based in Silverdale, 30 minutes south of Sandspit. Giant snowdome, three lifts, a terrain park, separate learners area, kids play sessions, gear hireage. Experience the thrill of real snow at any time of the year. view website

Brick Bay Sculpture Trail

Experience contemporary New Zealand Sculptures in a unique landscape of native bush overlooking the Brick Bay Vineyard. view website



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