As a family we often choose to stay at a Top 10 Holiday Park. They have a good range of accommodation to suit different budgets. You will find everything from motel units, cabins, bunk-style accommodation through to camping. You will also find plenty of activities around to keep the kids entertained with playgrounds and bikes for hire.
The standards can differ from one Top 10 to another in terms of their upgrades. We often find that the accessible accommodation is last to experience the love of a renovation in many places, hence they can be a little dated. This was definitely the case on our last visit to Wellington’s Top 10. However, both accessible units were clean, comfortable and an affordable option for us.
The Top 10’s also have a 2-year membership available where you can receive discounts on the following :-
- 10% off accommodation at all TOP 10 Holiday Parks
- Discounts at 500 activity operators, cafes & restaurants throughout New Zealand
- 15% off on Interislander ferry travel
- 10% off Scenic Train journeys
- 10% off accommodation at over 180 BIG4 Holiday Parks around Australia
- Savings with the Mobil & NPD fuel card (NZ residents only)
We stayed here as it was the most convenient available accommodation we could find that suited our needs. The following day we were catching the early morning Interislander Ferry. to cross the Cook Strait to Picton, a small picturesque town located at the top of the South Island. We needed to be staying somewhere that gave us easy commute to catch the ferry.
Although a good 15-minute drive away it was motorway most of the way.
We found the reception very welcoming and barrier free. It had clearly seen the love of a fantastic recent upgrade. There was a designated wheelchair friendly area as part of their reception desk. A small shop where you could buy some basic essentials and a full activity booking and information desk. The glass doors slide open automatically and the area was clutter free from furniture with plenty of room to move around in.
Family Access Unit
Parking is available in front of the access unit. The outside terrain is flat and concrete. A well ramped entrance will welcome you to a glass ranch sliding door for entering the property.
Inside the living area has sufficient space. Furniture is moveable to make it more comfortable to get around. The kitchen is small but workable.
The bedrooms all have fan heaters making the rooms warm and cozy. We found the beds quite comfortable and the light switches perfectly placed. Our Finlay claimed the Queen bedroom because it was easier to transfer him from wheelchair onto bed.
The shower lacked a shower seat but apparently there is one available on request. The bathroom had good space to move around but we found the toilet was too far from grab rail, toilet roll and the flush was too high for reaching. This bathroom was not suitable for our Finlay however so we made do without a shower for the night.
Studio Access Room
On our return from the South Island we decided to stay again at the Top 10 Holiday Park. Unfortunately the family unit was booked out so we had to book into the Studio Access Room and the rest of the family stayed in a nearby regular unit.
The unit had parking to the side with a ramp that wrapped around allowing only the small lip to access into unit through french sliding door.
We didn’t have a hoist with us on this occasion but on measuring the gap under bed, we found that it would just accommodate the legs if need be.
There is plenty of room to move through a wide sliding door. The shower is open with a curtain and the shower head is on a slide rail. However, no fold down shower seat and if sitting the soap is hard to reach. The Reception did advise that a shower stool or plastic (garden) chair was available on request.
Please be careful when using plastic garden chairs. If these chairs have spent time outside in the sun the plastic can weaken. They are not designed to be used as mobility aids.
Quick Access Information for Studio Unit
- Max. Room Capacity | 3 persons
- Bathroom |Roll-in Shower | Grab Rails Toilet & Shower |Shower Head (Mounted on slide rail) |Doorway minimum 760mm | Basin accessible from sitting
- Entry | Ramp Lip/Step-free Door| Sliding Doorway minimum 760mm
- Bedroom/Kitchen/Living |Transfer space of >900mm on each side of bed with movable furniture
For more information
If you’d like to know more about the facilities at Wellington’s Top 10 Holiday Park you can check out their website here