Canines join camping fun

ANNA PEARSON
Last updated 08:51 02/01/2014
Benji the dog
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UNDER COVER: Karina Spicer checks on Benji at Leithfield Beach motor camp.
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FISHING: Campers enjoy a quiet New Years day. At Waikuku Beach Holiday Park two flounder caught by Jason Sherlock, left, after a week fishing with no results was a good harvest. Brother, Matt Sherlock, second left, Jake Horne, Nicole Chambers and Caitlin Horne looking on.

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It's a dog's life at Leithfield in North Canterbury where Casper, Chillie, Benji, Thor and Scruffie saw in the New Year.

The five canines were among Laurie and Louise Sayers' extended family at Leithfield Beach Motor Camp yesterday.

Laurie Sayers, 53, of Christchurch, said he liked how the camping spot was handy and informal.

The Sayers have six children, some of whom now have children of their own. Laurie said it was great to have the family all together for New Year.

"The weather forecast was terrible and we thought if it gets too bad, we'll go home, but it has been great. We're just relaxing and not doing a hell of a lot to be honest," he said.

"I'm a wee bit past the camping stage - I'm only doing it because it's easier for the grandkids, but I have to admit . . . things are a bit easier than they used to be with electric pumps, airbeds and tents that put themselves up."

Louise said it was great being allowed to have their dogs with them at the camp.

"You don't have to worry about putting them into kennels," she said.

Her daughter Evelyn, 12, said the dogs made her feel safer in her tent.

Waikuku Beach Holiday Park was jam-packed with families when The Press dropped by yesterday.

Cat Kennedy, whose parents own the holiday park, said it was almost at capacity.

"New Year's Eve is our busiest time. From [today] through to the weekend is . . . quite a big exodus," she said.

Christchurch man Willie Sherlock, who was at the park with his two teenage sons, said it was a convenient holiday spot.

"You don't have to go far to have a lot of fun," he said.

Christchurch couple Cheralee and Gary Hughes and their two children visit their caravan there most weekends in summer.

Cheralee said: "We tried camping in a tent and my husband, who is English, didn't like that very much."

Gary said: "As far as the kids are concerned, we're a million miles from home, but we don't get the, ‘Are we there yet?' It's glamping, rather than camping."

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