A South Taranaki couple feel right at home the second they pull into New Plymouth's Belt Rd Seaside Holiday Park.
Colin and Wendy Evans, of Normanby, have been staying at the campground during the Christmas holidays for the past 10 years and call the place their "home away from home".
"I walked into the office and said ‘I'm home' and that was exactly how I felt," Mrs Evans said. It was the peace and quiet of the location coupled with the sound of rolling waves that drew the family back year after year.
"The awnings go up, the fridge is stocked, and we're ready to go," Mrs Evans said.
"Colin works hard all year, so it's good to see him relax."
Each year spent at the park brings with it different memories, ranging from being trailed by a nosy seal to orca sightings.
"Every year there's something spectacular," Mrs Evans said.
The Evans have the same site booked ready for next year and they are not the only ones who have returned faithfully each summer season.
Campsite neighbours Doreen and Darcy Hermond, of Wanganui, have spent the past 25 years at the holiday park.
Meanwhile, various campsites around the region have also been busy accommodating holidaymakers out to take advantage of the warmer weather.
Owner Teresa Hayston, of Urenui Beach Motor Camp, said all its 163 sites were fully booked until January 4. Mrs Hayston said 80 per cent of its campers were regulars who stopped by every year and more guests were expected after the New Year holidays.
Oakura Beach Holiday Park is also experiencing a steady flow of visitors and owner Jan Rawlinson expects the park to be fully booked by New Year's.
Holidaymakers hoping for a space at the Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park will be disappointed to learn the park is at capacity throughout January.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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