Big plans afoot to boost piece of Patea paradise
The owner of Patea's only beachfront campground has big plans for his piece of paradise in 2014.
After welcoming in the New Year last night with a sheep on a spit, music and fireworks, Hennie VanDeventer is keen to get back to revamping the campground, which he and his family have owned for the past 18 months.
"I want it done yesterday," he said.
The Patea Beach Motorcamp, which yesterday was at 70 per cent capacity, is a short walk from the rivermouth and beach.
Mr VanDeventer said the site also housed three cabins, all of which had been fully booked for over the new year period.
With help from his wife and daughter, Mr VanDeventer said the gardens had already been made over and new signs put up.
His next project included installing a slide for the kids and increasing the size of the grounds.
Mr VanDeventer aimed to hold at least two major events at the motorcamp in 2014, hoping this would attract international visitors.
"I want them to stay a bit longer and spend money in Patea," he said.
One family who have made a return trip to the town are the Solomons from Tokoroa. Parents Lea and Shaun said they liked how their children could "just get to play" during their week-long stay by the beach.
Mrs Solomon said the area was great for young children and the family planned to visit Patea's Aotea Utanganui museum as well as the pools during their stay.
Their annual holiday to Patea is set to become a family tradition and they intend to come back next year.
"We randomly chose it and we liked it so we came back," said Mr Solomon.
Taranaki Daily News