Jamie Christian Desplaces For the best part of a century, the iconic Takapuna Beach Holiday Park has stood watch over the Hauraki Gulf, offering its guests one of Auckland’s finest views of Rangitoto Island. “It’s such a unique spot,” says Marius Rothmann, who has helmed the park for the past seven years. “It’s not very often that you find a holiday park that’s basically in the city, but also on the beach. In most places in the world, this land would be stuck under a high-rise building, hotel or complex. That’s what our guests love about it so much.”
The idyllic strip of coastline, however, may be under threat, not from a high-rise hotel, but a proposed high-performance sailing centre. Marius has been battling the Devonport – Takapuna Local Board for the past couple of years. “We’ve had a lot of public support,” says the owner. “One of our neighbours started a Facebook page and there are around 11,000 likes.” There was also a petition, with thousands more signatures. Marius appreciates the support, though, he says, he wasn’t surprised by it. He hopes the issue will be resolved soon. “We are such a popular park,” he goes on, “well used and well loved by the people. It’s been here since the 1930s and I’m proud to be a part of something with such heritage. We just want it to continue.”
The park attracts close to 30,000 guest each year, and all of Takapuna benefits. “The community spirit in Takapuna is fantastic,” says Marius. “Businesses show each other a lot of support and I know they welcome the guests that we attract. It’s so interesting meeting people from all over the world. People go for a stroll along the seafront and stop to chat with our guests outside their caravans. It’s a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere. I love meeting people, and if they’re happy, then so am I.”
Holiday Park Highlights Experience
One of Auckland’s most spectacular sunrises as day breaks over majestic Rangitoto Island. Over a kilometre of pristine white sandy beach right on the park’s doorstep gives way to calm waters for safe swimming and sailing.
A range of affordable accommodation includes waterfront campsites, deluxe caravans, park motel units and family kitchen cabins. Easy access to a range of water activities, such as yachting, kayaking and kite surfing.
Wildlife lovers can spot an abundance of seabirds, including blue penguins. Dolphin and orca sightings have been known too. Explore the rock-pools of the Takapuna Reef, a fossil forest revealed in the last Ice Age 7,200 years ago.