Dunedin Holiday Park manager Daniel Grubb (right) receives
a Keep Dunedin Beautiful supreme award from Otago Peninsula
Community Board member and Keep Dunedin Beautiful
representative Paul Pope at the park yesterday. Photo by
Hundreds of murals depicting Dunedin, native planting and
tidy grounds are keeping the Dunedin Holiday Park beautiful.
It was one of two supreme winners in this year's Keep Dunedin
Beautiful (KDB) awards, which targeted accommodation
Presentations of supreme awards for the holiday park and
Hereweka Garden Retreat were made yesterday by KDB
co-ordinator Darlene Thomson and representative Paul Pope, of
the Otago Peninsula Community Board.
Mrs Thomson said the gardens at Hereweka were incredible and
the facility also impressed in respect of its structural
surfaces, recycling facilities and litter-free grounds.
''The cottage garden made up of native plants and colourful
flowers helped give this retreat a real wow factor,'' judge
Janine Hunt-Ross, of the Dunedin City Council, said.
Dunedin Holiday Park was similarly tidy, and comprised
hundreds of painted murals of wildlife, attractions, people
and places of the wider area, KDB chairwoman Jan Tucker said.
''Every Dunedin resident should see this magnificent camp
ground, resplendent in hundreds of murals depicting Otago
"I can't believe that I have lived in Dunedin this long and
never knew what a fabulous place we had on our doorstep,''
Park owners Rex and Gaynor Moss bought the 3ha property about
14 years ago and have since worked hard to transform it.
''We've spent millions on it. The money that's come in, we're
reinvested in it,'' Mr Moss said.
Murals were painted by artists Rodney Rive, of Twizel, and
Wayne Jenkins, of Dunedin.
Natives, including rata and pohutukawa, were also planted to
suit the coastal climate, he said.
The park was managed by Mr and Mrs Moss' daughter Kirsty and
her husband Daniel Grubb and had achieved high Qualmark
Also recognised in the annual awards with certificates of
excellence were the Milton House Bed and Breakfast, Silver
Peaks Lodge and Leith Valley Touring Park.