Caravaners swarm into township
Motorhome rally doubles Tapawera population
Hundreds of motorhomes and caravans rumbled into Tapawera at the weekend for the "Music in the Mountains" rally.
The New Zealand Motorhome Caravan Association's annual event attracted about 400 visitors, which more than doubled the rural town's population.
Henry Clark, president of the association's Nelson Tasman Area Committee, said Tapawera was "bursting at its seams".
A makeshift motor camp at Tapawera Area School was spread out over three rugby fields.
Local clubs and organisations were making good use of the busy weekend, fundraising with food stalls and a book fair on Saturday and Sunday.
Mr Clark said the local fire brigade and the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter would also benefit from funds raised during the rally.
First-time visitors Doreen and Derek Kirk, of Picton, said they were attracted to the event by its "wonderful, friendly, and organised" atmosphere.
It went off like a "a well-oiled machine", and was "worthy of attending", they said.
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