Second round for camping grounds

18:22, Jan 07 2013
BOOMING: Holiday parks in South Canterbury are having a bumper season.

Business is booming at South Canterbury camping grounds as a second round of holiday-makers head to the district.

Camping ground managers admit their busiest period is over, but they are still running to keep up with demand as people continue to flock to the area.

Kathryn Horrell, of Geraldine Kiwi Holiday Park, said though many people had already packed up and returned home, another round of campers had started filling the site.

"We're in our second wave of people now."

She said the second influx did not reach peak levels, but was still enough to keep staff busy.

"We've been full basically since a couple of days before Christmas, up until a couple of days ago."


She said holidaymakers from Christchurch, Ashburton and Dunedin made up the majority of their customers.

There was also an increase in tourists from further afield staying at the camping ground this year after heavy rain caused road closures on the West Coast, she said.

"We got quite a spinoff when the roads were blocked off ... so that created quite a lot of business as well."

Joan Chamberlain, of Kurow Holiday Park, said although staff were "keeping busy" there was still plenty of room.

"A lot went home on the 3rd or 4th [of January], but we've had another wee round come in - but it's not as busy as it was."

Kurow campers have put up with a holiday of all seasons over the past two weeks, with heavy winds and rain.

"[The wind] ripped awnings - they think 'We won't let it rip any more'," she said of the campers who packed up early.

She said, despite the weather, the number of campers stopping at the park was on a par with previous years.

Glenmark Holiday Park owner April Clifford said there were still people flocking to the ground for a slightly later holiday.

The Timaru Herald