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The story goes back to the mid sixties, when a young couple named Gordon and Thelma Crosby packed up their ’64 Holden Cruiser and headed north in search of new opportunities.  They found themselves responding to an advert to lease what was then the Papamoa Holiday Camp.  

They took on the lease and raised their four children in an idyllic kiwi camping lifestyle.  Back then there were only enough room for 16 camp sites and Papamoa was a largely untamed and undiscovered secret.


Fast forward to 1986 when handlebar moes and stubby shorts were in style, and Gordon and Thelma’s son Bruce Crosby decided to buy the camp from his parents (along with his lovely wife Donna).  Bruce was no stranger to Kiwi ingenuity and was a bit of a dab hand with tractors - creating the wonderful terraces and landscaping that you see around the park today!

They too raised their tribe of kids on-site, and had the brilliant idea of extending the Resort’s range of accommodation from just campsites through to cabins, units and luxury villas.  “People said we were crazy when we first built the Beachfront Villas,” said Bruce, “But the rest of the parks in New Zealand soon followed suit when they saw how much our guests loved them.”

There have been a lot of changes here over the years that the Crosby family have looked after the Resort.  Although Bruce and Donna are still involved, their daughter Rebecca (a.k.a. Bex) has now taken over the reins.  She does a fabulous job of running Papamoa Beach Resort as you see it today and has many exciting ideas brewing for the future...watch this space!

Papamoa Beach Resort has proudly provided treasured memories for generations of holidaying families from across New Zealand (and the world) for over 50 years now.  

We look forward to you becoming a part of our story!