Pictured about to enjoy Christmas dinner are (from left
around the table) Lily Wilson (9), Bella Dykes (10), Boyd Wilson, Mary Witsey, Alex Dykes (13), Harry Wilson (12), Bryce Dykes (10) and Peter Dykes. Joan Wilson was also present but is not shown. Photo by Mark Price
Camping grounds in Wanaka hosted some families yesterday who
were not following their traditional Christmas pattern.
Instead of Christmas Day at home, followed by a mad Boxing
Day rush to their preferred campsite, the Dykes and Wilson
families, of Invercargill and Winton, were among those who
sat down to Christmas dinner at the camp.
Spokeswoman Mary Witsey said the two families had been
camping together at Alexandra for the past five years but
this year decided to try one of the non-powered sites at
Wanaka's Lake Outlet Holiday Park to give the children an
idea of ''roughing it''.
However, there were still Christmas lights and decorations,
as well as Champagne and pancakes for breakfast, and roast
chicken, new potatoes and pavlova and trifle for lunch.
Despite overcast weather, the families planned some
after-dinner jet skiing and kayaking.