Camping Diaries – Shelly Beach Top 10 Holiday Park

This year we returned to the Shelly Beach Holiday Park, reason is, last summer we had booked to camp here however the Coromandel were hit with some freak storms and a lot of the campsite especially tent sites were damaged and bogged down.  So we were put up in the Homestead which was a very old house on the grounds, and it was beautiful.


We returned this year to camp in our tent.  It’s a 2.5hr drive from Auckland so it doesn’t take too long to get there, but being the Coromandel there are lots windy roads along the coast and mountains which seems to stretch out the journey a bit.  We were very lucky when we arrived with the weather, it was a bit overcast so putting up the tent wasn’t too bad as it was not stinking hot.  However it took us about 2.5 hours in itself just putting up the tent and fully setting up the place.  We were wrecked!

Our girl’s don’t sleep in sleeping bags as they find it a bit restrictive (actually neither do we) so instead I got them these single bed comforter sets from The Warehouse which are perfect.  Once camping is done they get washed and put back in their bags for the next trip away.  The following day our friends arrived so that was pretty exciting, it’s always great going away with company.  We helped them set up and then it was time to relax.  As you can see from the photo below, yes we do have matching tents!  These are the Kathmandu Retreat 360 tents and its so spacious you never feel cramped.


When we arrived the campground was fairly empty but it didn’t take long for it to fill up! There were loads of caravans and campervans that checked in and a whole heap of tents.  I loved going around and checking out everyone’s set up.  The campers around the place were also so friendly to each it was great.



I found the campground to be really clean including the facilities like the shower blocks and kitchens.  They were always clean and are really big and spacious.  There is a laundry on site as well.



The campground doesn’t have a massive playground, just a small climbing frame with a slide, but they do have this amazing jumping pillow which is huge.  We never saw the kids all day, after breakfast they would all head off towards the playground and we would only see them when it was meal times!  They made friends with the other kids from the playground as well, and that’s the great thing about camping, you get to form this amazing community and connect with other people.  We also took our swing ball set which provided some entertainment for them as well.


When the tide has gone out and the sun is starting to set, it’s the best time to take the kids to the beach and look for crabs and pipi’s. The kids had loads of fun looking for all sorts of treasure on the beach.


It’s the first holiday that we actually got so much time to sit back and relax.  We didn’t do too much, just drove around to a few places to have a look at the beaches, we had lunch at The Mussel Kitchen which is an absolute must if you are heading down to Coromandel.  I even managed to read so much during this trip something that I was never able to do at previous holidays, so that just goes to show how much time we had to chill!

The only glitch to the trip this time was….


My husband is notorious for snoring, this time though he was joined by my friends husband too!  Due to the close proximity of our tents, you can imagine the volume!  It seems like they had a bit of a duet going all night long.  So after two nights of getting no sleep at all, literally nothing, that at 5:30am one morning I was walking on the beach and by 6am showered and ready for the day!  Anyway I should explain that I am an extremely light sleeper and I think over the years it has gotten worse, which makes sleeping for me a bit of a problem.  So the only way for me to get any sleep was to sleep in the car!  That’s right, for the remaining nights of the holiday I slept in the back seat of our car.  I had makeshift curtains with some towels and put the seats back and I was set.  Even though my body ached at least I got some sleep!

Besides this glitch, we had an amazing holiday and wish it was for longer!  The next trip certainly will be, I just need to sort my sleeping out (any tips welcome)!

Happy camping!

Ronell x



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