Popular Temuka is fully booked

ESTHER ASHBY-COVENTRY
Last updated 05:00 23/01/2014
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ESTHER ASHBY-COVENTRY/ Fairfax NZ
POPULAR TOWN: Temuka motelier Claire King has been busy over the summer break.

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Temuka's accommodation providers are having a busy summer season as past visitors come back and overseas tourists stop on their way around the South Island.

Phoenix Motel co-owner Clare King said she had been almost fully booked for the past seven weeks.

She had noticed that people were often using Temuka as a base to travel to Tekapo or Oamaru. "It is central here, and visitors love it." Others stopped for a night or two before travelling further afield.

A mother and son from Palm Springs, United States planned to stay for one night and ended up staying three, Mrs King said.

"They went to Arrowtown, then returned and stayed another night. They liked the peace and quiet."

Often, visitors from China or Germany booked online or said they had friends who had recommended Temuka to them.

Mrs King and husband Baden have been in the motel business for nine months.

"I love it - it's like having a house full of guests."

Some guests at the motel were friends with campers at Temuka Holiday Park, she said. "It's all good for other businesses in Temuka as well."

Temuka Holiday Park co-owner Morris Kellas said the campground had been full until after New Year, with a lot of "one-nighters".

"People fly to Christchurch and drive their campervans down. It starts getting dark, so they stop here," Mr Kellas said.

As well as short-term guests, he had 41 Asian fruit pickers working at Waipopo Orchards who were booked in from the end of February to the end of May.

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- The Timaru Herald

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