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Prop at Bay View Snapper Holiday Park for World Rugby - Napier Art Deco and all that NZ jazz

May 31, 2011
Prop at Bay View Snapper Holiday Park for World Rugby - Napier Art Deco and all that NZ jazz

Bay View Snapper Park Holiday Park is clean, quiet, spacious and well maintained on nine acres of landscaped grounds next to the beach.

Eight kilometres (about 10 min.) north of Napier (Ahuriri) on the east coast of the North Island it is a good spot to prop any time of year. Talking of prop, with the Rugby World Cup in September Napier has plans for rugby fans.

Napier in the Hawkes Bay Region will host two international rugby teams during Rugby World Cup 2011 in September.

On Sunday, September 18 France will play Canada and on Tuesday, September 27 Canada meets Japan in Pool A matches of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

McLean Park in Napier is one of the smaller venues to host games at the 2011 Rugby World Cup but nonetheless it is still an excellent stadium with a capacity of 22,000 for the tournament.

Bay View Snapper Park Holiday Park has a range of accommodation to suit individual tastes and budgets. Accommodation options range from stand alone tourist flats, self contained units with sea views or park motels with beach front views. The park at 10 Gill Road, Bayview Napier can handle motorhomes to 12 metres.

Bay View Snapper Park Holiday Park is a transformation which started in1993 when businessman Jim Coyle purchased a nine acre disused Railways depot at Bay View, north of Napier.

He intended to sub-divide but compliance challenges soon derailed those plans and Jim hit on the idea of creating a campground instead. He had considerable vision and a love of hard graft. He tackled a grey-fields site strangled by blackberry and bereft of amenities. Fortunately Jim was a dab hand with a bulldozer and a king of DIY.

Landscaping started immediately, with Jim shaping the grounds, using an excavator to shift river silt from beneath the shingle. Trees were planted, Two for every one still standing, says Jim. It was a steep learning curve. When I started, I didnt even know what an agapanthus was. Incredibly, by Christmas 1994, the park was ready to accommodate its first campers.

Early visitors must have found the grounds spartan. But by choosing to stay at the baby Snapper they encouraged and supported Jim in his endeavour and development continued.

By 1998, the transformation was well under way.

Tourist Flats Bay View Snapper Holiday Park
Tourist Flats Bay View Snapper Holiday Park

Compare this photo taken in 1993 to the happy campsite (below) in 1998, and you get an idea of the work involved. Shoved aside are the gravelly greys, replaced by swathes of green grass and a rainbow of tents. Trees and shrubs were taking hold, too.

Now Bay View Snapper Holiday Park has an established feel about it. The gardens have matured to create a verdant feel, as has the hardy kikuyu grass Jim imported from Mahia. The efficient office and tidy amenities block sit slightly elevated, overlooking the camp towards a large, seaward bank that provides shelter from the onshore breeze.

Close to the entrance, the unpowered camping area is charming, with thoughtfully planted trees and shrubs for shade, and spongy grass underfoot. Powered sites are arranged in a hedgerowed grid.

The park has one cabin and nine tourist flats, including a row of eight motel units sitting proud atop the bank with expansive views up and down the coast and out to sea. There are a handful of campsites along the top, too. These are exceptional spots for the camper or motorhome traveller close to the beach.

The communal facilities block is no-frills but ship-shape. The kitchen, for example, is full of practicality.

The office, in the same block, is equally as welcoming, exuding an air of come as you are, well sort you out. Jim and his team bounce along with affability and thought for the environment, too. Green schemes including solar heating, recycling, composting and the use of sustainable products have earned them an Enviro Silver Award.

1993. All gravel and no grass (Bay View Snapper)
1993. All gravel and no grass (Bay View Snapper)

Bay View Snapper is a great base from which to explore .

It is only a 10-minute drive to downtown Napier, and close to the park there is heaps to do including fishing, wineries, and cycling the coastal pathway.

The Rotary Pathways project started in 2002, has been a huge success.

There are km's of pathway connecting Bay View all the way to Havelock North. There are a number of different routes that can be taken and it is a fun, safe and scenic way to explore Hawkes Bay.

The northern point of the cycleway can be accessed from Snapper Park and offers a huge stretch of lovely coastal scenary along Bay View, Westshore beaches, Ahuriri and Marine Parade.

It's a nice smooth, flat pathway so is an excellent surface for walking, running or cycling. Or just kick back and relax in a quiet, seaside haven.

Rugby World Cup: Canada has appeared at all Rugby World Cup Tournaments since 1987. Their best result was reaching the quarter-finals in 1991, where they lost to New Zealand 13-29.

Canada will play Tonga on September 14 at the Northland Events Centre in Whangarei. They then take on France at Napier's McLean Park on September 18, then Japan on September 27 again in Napier. In their final pool match, they will face Rugby World Cup 2011 hosts New Zealand on October 2 at Wellington Regional Stadium.

Napier, New Zealand's Art Deco City, sits on the edge of the Pacific Ocean on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. It is situated in the centre of Hawke's Bay just 18 km from its sister city Hastings. It has a population of about 60,000 and is 332 km north east of the NZ capital Wellington.

In 1931 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed 256 (the figures varies according to source) people and changed Napier forever. Napier rebuilt in a grand style. The latest look of the 1930's came to life with Art Deco the design flavour.

Christmas 2009 and a park full of happy campers (Bay View Snapper)
Christmas 2009 and a park full of happy campers (Bay View Snapper)

Palm trees and Norfolk pines underline the ambience of stripped classical and Spanish Mission buildings.

Every February, Napier hosts an Art Deco Weekend, featuring a vintage car cruise, jazz bands, a bi-plane swoop, balls, dinners, exhibitions and entertainment with a 1930s theme. Dates for Art Deco Weekend 2012 are Feb. 14 to 19.

Numerous events will be held during the Rugby World Cup. For 2011 the Art DecoTrust has moved Bluewater Hotel Deco Decanted Weekend to amalgamate with the Rugby World Cup Events the Trust is holding between mid Sept - mid Oct. More details regarding the dates and events will be available soon on

Art Deco Trust Walks and Tours in Napier. run several types of tours and an art deco shop.

Art Deco originated in Europe in the early years of the 20th Century, and its heyday was from 1920 to 1940. It became widely known following the great Exposition des Arts Modernes Decoratifs et Industriels, held in Paris in 1925 and from which its name was ultimately derived.

Hawke's Bay is considered one of New Zealand's leading food and wine destinations.

With its Mediterranean climate visitors come to the area to sample vintages from more than 70 wineries, fresh produce at the Farmers Markets, epicurean delights and gourmet experiences at a great variety of restaurants, cafes and bars.

Hawkes Bay is New Zealands oldest wine region. Mission Estate Winery which was New Zealands first winery and Church Road Winery which was established not long after are located in Taradale, Napier. The region has over 70 wineries, 40 with cellar doors offering tastings and a la carte dining.

National Aquarium of New Zealand, Te Whare Tangaroa O Aotearoa
New Zealand's largest display of aquatic life and unique New Zealand wildlife, including sharks, stingrays, living coral, kiwi, tuatara and a huge range of fish species can be seen at the National Aquarium of New Zealand.

It is a fun and educational place to visit for all the family. Open 9am-5pm every day of the week (except Christmas Day).
Located in Napier, the National Aquarium is one of the premier Hawke's Bay Tourist Attractions.

The National Aquarium, on Napiers foreshore, stretches like a huge stingray on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. It is designed to be a centre of education, entertainment and cultural experience. No part of New Zealand is more than 130 kilometers from the sea, making marine education and curiosity natural amongst New Zealand's four million population.
Thousands of strange and wonderful creatures live in the National Aquarium of New Zealand.The National Aquarium of New Zealand is involved in many conservation programs, both national and international.

Some are historic while others have only come online since the Aquarium was opened early in 2002. National Aquarium visitors see many rare species. Swim with the sharks in Napier it is the only place in New Zealand where this experience is available. It is not necessary to be a qualified diver and the activity is fully supervised.

At 10am everyday at the National Aquarium of New Zealand in the Pania Reef tank Daring Dan the diver takes to the water in a feeding frenzy with his fishy friends.The National Aquarium of New Zealand is in Marine Parade Napier only 10 minutes walk from Napier CBD.

Napier and Hawks Bay attractions and things to see and do while staying include:

Hot air balloon rides.

Helicopter scenic flights.


Cycling and tramping (hiking).

Napier Aquatic Centre.

Art deco walks and tours.

The Faraday Centre - learn about technology of everyday items.

Napier Municipal Theatre.

National Aquarium of New Zealand.

Ocean Spa- Napiers premier heated pools and health and fitness complex.

Par2 MiniGolf.

Winery tours.

Gannet Beach Adventures.

Dive Centre Napier.

Splash Planet NZ's only water based theme park, Hastings (Nov. to Feb.).

Hawkes Bay Farmyard Zoo.

Wool World at Clifton Station.

Cape Kidnappers Golf Course.

Te Mata Peak for stunning views.

Ocean Beach Wildlife Reserve

Fabulous beaches.

Sunday Farmers Market Hawkes Bay Showgrounds.

Photographers Paradise!

Editors Note: GoSee thanks Fergus Brown CEO of Holiday Accommodation Parks Association of New Zealand (HAPNZ) for providing the basis of this free Information Article for the benefit of GoSeers.

Bouncing fun for children Bay View Snapper Holiday Park
Bouncing fun for children Bay View Snapper Holiday Park
Hedged powered site Bay View Snapper Holiday Park
Hedged powered site Bay View Snapper Holiday Park
The fishing is good Bay View Snapper Holiday Park
The fishing is good Bay View Snapper Holiday Park