What’s the traffic like in Nelson / Tasman at present?
Tahuna Beach Holiday Camp, the southern hemispheres largest motor camp, reports that they are “already stretched at the seams, despite having a capacity of almost 3500.”
The camps manager Carol Wood said in the Nelson Mail that “she had noticed there were not as many backpackers traveling around in campervans” and “…that bookings were down on previous years, but those who had booked were staying for longer.”
She also added “we are usually able to offer people lots of choice for camp sites before Christmas, but on Christmas Eve had been scratching to find six places”
Mapua Leisure Park reports in the local Nelson Mail that 1500 of its 2000 plus places are taken.
Kaiteriteri Motor Camp was getting there, sooner than last year and its booked out for longer. They have a capacity of 1800, but at this stage its only 70% full at present.
Pohara Beach Top 10 Holiday Park reported that they can hold 1200 campers, & are full through to mid-January 2009.
Nelsons Brook & Matai camps report they are busy too.
And even our dog friendly camping ground, at Quinneys Bush reported as very busy. Its a great place to visit that I remember fondly from many childhood visits. There big claim to fame is the selection of multiple flying fox’s, plus that great river right on the edge of the grounds.
Although being filled by others glad to find a vacancy at this time of year, there are anecdotal reports that there’s been a few more than usual Xmas cancellations this year, many citing a desire to stay closer to home. On top of Xmas costs, issues like petrol prices & future 2009 job security have had such a wide coverage in the media that its only normal to be top of many people’s mind, and affects things like extra discretionary Xmas spending. eg a summer family holiday
I guess the photo on the front page of last Saturdays Mail expresses it best though………captioned next to the photo “..reckons he has a million dollar view for a handful of coins. With fishing rod in hand, and a beachfront camping spot Mr D said it was a holiday that he always found rejuvenating.”
Here’s an idea of some more things to do while in town [although the Chez Elco is not open any longer]
And just in case the present traffic situation seems a bit off normal, on the 2nd Jan the 18th annual Jazzfest starts in Nelson, NZ’s best summer Jazz festival, comprising 70 events over 5 days scattered in venues all around the town, with International & local artists.
Example… how about visiting the local ASB Aquatic centre [its covered year round obviously] to enjoy ….“Splash out on Jazz”…and you’ll hear “Breez’n from 3:30pm to 6pm on 3rd January, and then if you aren’t too wrinkled, stay on for “Mahdu” from 5:30 to 8pm. Actually I know of Mahdu and their sound is fantastic for such a young group of folk, now only if I can find those togs…
So from Sunny Nelson to you, have a HAPPY NEW YEAR.