Communal tarp to the rescue

GERMARI HERSELMAN
Last updated 12:29 02/01/2014
Mark Wright

Mark Wright from Palmerston North and Cerey Rohloff from Lower Hutt shelter under tarpaulins by their tents.

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The heavy rain and thunderstorms yesterday did not chase away campers at Whites Bay, in Marlborough.

Many tents were closed up when the Express arrived at the popular DOC camping ground. Their occupants had gone into town for a break from the rain.

Campers Cerey Rohloff, from Lower Hutt, and Mark Wright, from Palmerston North, were not bothered, though.

Camping with 10 other friends and family members, they took shelter under their communal tarpaulin.

Mr Wright said a bit of rain was "just another part of camping" and something you prepare for.

"It is all part of the experience and gives us the opportunity to collect fresh rainwater," he said.

The group arrived at Whites Bay on Saturday and plan to leave on Sunday.

New Year's Eve was festive in the camp, which is tucked in among the trees, and they happily welcomed in 2014 without anyone around them getting out of hand, they said.

"There were some youngsters making some noise, but we joined in having a good time and that solved the problem," Mr Wright said.

He had hoped to do some more fresh water fishing but the rain would make that impossible with faster flowing muddy rivers.

Mr Wright said he enjoyed the quiet that came with the rain.

"Seven of our group went into town to stock up on some supplies and give the children a change of scenery," he said.

Any more rainy days would be filled with board games and reading, he said.

"You can't beat Blenheim - we love it here and the campsite is beautiful.

"We spent a couple days in Dunedin over Christmas and it rained constantly; here there are at least breaks between the downpours," he said.

The forecast for the next three days is mainly fine weather, although with strong northwest winds tomorrow and Saturday, rising to gales in exposed places.

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