Visitors get warm welcome

CHARLOTTE SQUIRE
Last updated 13:00 30/12/2013
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CHARLOTTE SQUIRE / Fairfax NZ

SUMMER SOUNDS: Local musicians Patrick O'Houlihan, Dan Antell, Jo Barlow and Amira Mudfaery welcome tourists to Golden Bay on a hot day on the Village Green.

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Holidaymakers are pouring into Golden Bay, with businesses enjoying the rush and buskers being paid in numerous currencies, including peaches.

Golden Bay Holiday Park managers Leigh and Wayne Palmer said the season was shaping up to be a positive one thanks to the warm, calm weather. They still had a few gaps on the odd day at the park, but said it would pay for people to book.

At Pohara Beach Holiday Park, manager Brent Clarke said 72 families had arrived since Friday with Cantabrians grateful to leave torrential rain down south.

He'd noticed more and more families were choosing to holiday at his camp ground before Christmas. New year at the Pohara camp ground would be a lot of family fun, with the odd bonfire on the beach with marshmallows, and some late nights.

In Takaka, Wholemeal Cafe owner Wayne Green said business was busier than last year on Christmas Eve, but the rush would begin about January 2 and 3. The rain would drive customers into the cafe as there was "nothing else to do".

On the Village Green in Takaka craftspeople and musicians gathered for a summer market, with visiting organic farm workers Sergi Orlove and Marcus Schrock selling homemade lemonade and delicacies wrapped in grape leaves from a vine they'd pruned at their host's property.

They described their culinary efforts as "handmade freshness" and offered them for a "donation" to those willing to sample them.

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