Holidaymakers have to embrace great indoors

20:26, Jan 05 2014
 Wayne Reeves
CURLED UP: Wayne Reeves finds ways to pass the time at the Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park.

Monopoly boards are out at campsites around New Plymouth as holidaymakers wait for a bout of bad weather to pass.

Foxton camper Wayne Reeves and his family have been at Fitzroy since Friday, but the welcome they have received had not been warm, he said yesterday.

"It's rained 15 hours non-stop, since four or five o'clock, but the wind dropped at some point during the night."

Downpours and strong winds struck the region and prompted a temporary Severe Weather Warning from the MetService.

The Taranaki Regional Council calculated that in the 24 hours to 3pm yesterday 40.9mm of rain fell in New Plymouth and a substantial 124.5mm in Inglewood.

At high tide yesterday the sea was particularly rough at the Waitara River mouth.


While swimming and sunbathing was off the agenda for the Reeves, the family of three found other ways to keep themselves entertained in their waterproof tent.

"We've been playing board games inside, and we've got power, so lots of movies. We've taken walks along the beach in between showers," he said.

There has also been plenty of reading, and yesterday was the perfect day for a trip to the museum.

"We're here to relax, to get away. If the weather gets too bad, we can take shelter in the back of the van," he said.

Neighbour and New Plymouth woman Rebecca King was sticking out the storm, and found taking naps the ideal way to pass the time.

Taranaki Daily News