Camping is one of those hit and miss experiences – it can be utterly miserable or it can be one of the best holiday’s you have ever had. Treasure Island for us definitely fell into the later category – we had brilliant company, sensational weather, beautiful scenery and a fantastic camp ground to stay in.
Treasure Island is like being transported back into the good old days of camping. It’s all of the best camp grounds that I went to as a kid rolled up into one except that now I am the parent laughing into the night with a bottle of wine and great friends while the children explore through the day and make friends – unhindered by parents and rules.
With hedges throughout the camp Treasure Island didn’t feel like it had 100 camp sites with each area divided into smaller camping areas with a handful of tents. The sites were large and flat with well manicured lawns.
When you are arrive you are greeted by a sign saying “if unattended, please take a site” which sums up the relaxed and casual attitude of the camp owners.
They were friendly and helpful and even loaned us a BBQ one night to cook on site with.
As well as a well stocked camp store they also have an on store bakery (with pies that may just be worth driving from Auckland for) and barista coffee’s. At night the store closes and from 4 – 8 the takeaways is operating with delicious fresh fish. Check the hours first though as they differ Summer v Winter.
Superbly located between the estuary and surf beach at Pataua Island Scenic Reserve you are literally on the door step of tons of free family entertainment and the most stunning scenery. We’ve put our favourites for you here.
There are children running and riding bikes everywhere during the day, making friends and hanging out at the great playground (the type we used to play on when we were young). At night the campground takes on a whole new vibe, with exhausted children tucked up in bed and the sounds of glasses clinking and parents laughing as they sit under endless stars.
Our advice – grab a group of like minded friends and head to Treasure Island. Just make sure you book in advance as we hear it books out over summer and rightly so…