Campers settle in for a great holiday

Last updated 13:00 28/12/2013

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Kaiteriteri Beach Motor Camp has its "No vacancy" sign out, with 2500 campers new and old flocking to the popular beach for the summer holidays.

The 400 sites are full with the usual Christchurch crowd as well as some holidaymakers from further afield and closer to home.

Nelsonian Toni Mockler and her family have been there each summer for over 20 years, as it gives them a chance to catch up with friends from Christchurch.

She said she enjoyed the community of the campground but thought it was a little emptier this year compared to previous years, despite the "No vacancy" sign.

Jackie McLean, from the Kapiti Coast, has been coming since she was a one-year-old, and now brings her daughters to the campground to create another generation of family memories.

"It's easy to come to one spot, and they've got two sets of grandparents and all their uncles and aunts," she said.

Christchurch mates Jackson Fletcher, 17, and Tom Fisher, 16, have been coming for years and know each other from school.

They arrived before Christmas, and said the weather so far had been "pretty good".

They liked the friendly atmosphere of the campground, having barbecues with their neighbours and "chilling" at the beach.

Uwen Haywood and John Figures, from Cornwall, England, had fled the West Coast rain, chasing the sun to Kaiteriteri. They said they were impressed by how well managed the campground was to handle the number of people there.

Camp manager Paul Lovell said the summer holiday season was off to a great start, and it was great to see several generations of visitors returning to the campground as well as newcomers.

"The camp is full, and everyone has been enjoying the beach and the weather."

He said people started arriving a bit earlier this year, and there had been a "gradual migration" rather than a big rush just before Christmas.

There had been no trouble, as the campground staff and police worked together to monitor the area and its liquor ban, and in preparation for New Year's Eve, he said.

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