We stayed in Miranda Holiday Park for nearly 6 weeks in June/July 2009 and had a wonderful time. We are new immigrants to NZ from the USA and hope to settle in Mount Maunganui. Miranda was our first stop on the way to the Bay of Plenty. The park itself is beautiful and quiet. The hot mineral pools are heavenly to soak in during the cool winter days and evenings. Russ and Sasha, the managers, were exceptionally helpful and made our stay a joy. They had a few wonderful surprises for us ☺. The accommodations in Miranda Holiday Park have first class kitchen and bathroom facilities and great views over the pools tucked in palm trees and the Coromandel Range in the distance. The highlight in our apartment was a large spa/jacuzzi bathtub with a choice of either mineral or regular water. We could not have asked for more. Just 25 minutes away from the park is Thames, a small town and gateway to the lovely Coromandel Peninsula. We shopped for groceries and other necessities there. 10 minutes away is Kaiaua, an even smaller town on the ocean, with its award winning Fish and Chips Restaurant and Takeaway. In Miranda there is a bird refuge where we could spot many interesting species of birds from Antarctica. All in all, Miranda Holiday Park gave us a great experience, thanks to its outstanding management, staff and beautiful natural surroundings. We recommend the park to anyone who wishes to relax in a quality place with some of the most charming hot pools in New Zealand.