For a wonderful family weekend, the Athenree camping Grounds with Hot Pools is top of my list.

At the northern end of the Tauranga Harbour it is 15 minutes north of Katikati or south of Waihi, and an easy central point from anywhere in the North Island.

Well situated near an estuary with a beautiful coastal outlook, the camping grounds have spotlessly clean modern amenities, and two thermal pools. The small pool has a high temperature to relax in, while the larger one is tepid and big enough for family supervised fun.

A calm coastal walk past a boat anchored in the estuary.

A family out fishing with Dad in the estuary.

Early morning kayakers out on the Atenree estuary.

Excellant BBQ facilities and a large modern kitchen makes meal-time a pleasure.

Great communal areas for dining.

Safety in the 2 hot pools is the first consideration.

Stunning kereru mosaic in the Athenree Mineral Pools’ area.