Stayed here over the Christmas/New Year period and i loved it! The resort is nice and close to shops, but Papamoa itself is close but not too close to Mt Maunganui and all the hustle bustle. It has a nicer calmer feel.
Stayed here over the New Year period last year - Fantastic campground. Very clean facilities and right on the beach, also very close to shopping centre. Reasonable prices and great for families. Would definitley stay here again.