Year to end with mainly fine weather

SIOBHAN DOWNES
Last updated 05:00 31/12/2013

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Holidaymakers dampened by wet weather need not abandon their tents just yet - there is "light at the end of the tunnel", MetService says.

While there were showers over most of the country yesterday, it should clear up today, MetService meteorologist Dan Corbett said.

"We are seeing light at the end of the tunnel, it is looking better, and, believe it or not, New Year's Eve for a good part of the country is going to be dry," he said.

"It's going to be one of those days tomorrow, people will be outside, they might be at the campsite - hopefully drying out. Just a good day."

Places worst hit during the storms, such as Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty, were looking good over the next couple of days, as was Hawke's Bay, Mr Corbett said.

But the weather was in a "rollercoaster" phase, which could mean a "slightly damp start" to the new year.

"The weather is just in a bit of an up-and-down active phase . . . so they'll want to take the waterproof tent and a raincoat," Mr Corbett said.

"There could be a couple of showers, but not as mean or nasty as we've seen."

Meanwhile, hardy Kiwi campers have not let the wet weather dampen their spirits, holiday park owners say.

Despite heavy rain, flooding and even a mini tornado over the weekend, camping grounds at North Island holiday spots remained near full capacity yesterday.

A spokeswoman at Cooks Beach Resort in the Coromandel said yesterday that reports of flooding and evacuations had been exaggerated.

"Some tents got flooded, yes, but nothing to the extreme of what it sounded like," she said.

"The sun is shining, people are still here, a few people left and now they're coming back."

In Mt Maunganui, it was business as usual at Golden Grove Kiwi Holiday Park.

"We had a few bedraggled tenters but never had any flooding or anything, so everything kept operating," owner Deborah Sullivan said.

"They've got a bit of stuff stretched out to dry and it's sunny now. Everyone stuck it out."

Further south, at Ohope Beach, after a downpour on Sunday it was "beautiful blue skies" and a promising forecast, Top 10 Holiday Park operations manager Justine Knowles said.

"We had a few people due in who were a bit hesitant and have delayed a day, but certainly it doesn't seem to have had any major effect on people, which is great," she said.

"Certainly, it's all about this time of the year for us, and if it goes poorly with mother nature it can have a dreadful effect.

"But so far, so good for us."

Waihi Beach had also escaped the brunt of the weather, with a small amount of flooding, chief fire officer and Beachaven and Top 10 Holiday Park owner Ian Smith said.

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