Holiday haunts

Park in peninsula wildlife sweet spot

Park in peninsula wildlife sweet spot

If you are sick of city life take a 20km drive down Otago Peninsula from Dunedin to Portobello to find the perfect escape. Shawn McAvinue visits Portobello Village Tourist Park.

Lake Waitaki spot attracts regular campers

Lake Waitaki spot attracts regular campers

Lake Waitaki, in North Otago, has always been a popular spot for summer visitors, but one camp site in particular has its own appeal for the hundreds of people who return there for summer holidays year after year. Andrew Ashton examines what makes the Fisherman's Bend Reserve so addictive.

Blissful isolation in the back of beyond

Blissful isolation in the back of beyond

It's a community with a holiday population of a couple of hundred people, few of them are related, but all treat each other like close family. Reporter John Lewis takes a look at one of Otago's most popular holiday haunts, Toko Mouth.

Lake View pulses with happy campers

Lake View pulses with happy campers

At Labour Weekend, management of the Queenstown Lakes District Council holiday parks was taken over by a newly formed private company called Council Camps Revitalised Ltd. The company consists of two couples with long histories in the camping ground business and full of ideas about how to improve the holiday experience of those who choose to camp. On Boxing Day, Mark Price took the pulse of one of the camps - the Wanaka Lake View Holiday Park - as it began to fill up for New Year.

Quiet haven for families

Quiet haven for families

A short drive past lupins and cabbage trees, beyond a stone fence chicane is Purakaunui, a settlement just over the hill from Dunedin, but ''a million miles away''.

No power needed for simple pleasures

No power needed for simple pleasures

For the 26 families who make the annual Christmas pilgrimage to a 90-year-old fishing village on the Kakanui River, near Oamaru, there are no gaudy Christmas lights on display, no annual re-runs of Mary Poppins on television to suffer and no electricity to cook Christmas lunch - but that is the way they like it, and that is the way they want to keep it.

Enjoying life's simple things in Warrington

Enjoying life's simple things in Warrington

People don't go to Warrington for a holiday because of what's there.

Family holidays where the heart is

Family holidays where the heart is

Bannockburn, an area steeped in golden history, has a special appeal that sees generation after generation of the same families escaping Dunedin and Invercargill to holiday at the local domain. Sarah Marquet went to meet some of those people to find out what brings them back each year.

Basic Lindis camp site steeped in history

Basic Lindis camp site steeped in history

Once an area bustling with activity during and after the Central Otago gold rush, the Nine Mile historic reserve in the Lindis Valley is now an idyllic riverside camping and picnic spot steeped in heritage. Lucy Ibbotson visited the reserve on Boxing Day.

Former party spot now a peaceful haven

Former party spot now a peaceful haven

''Cheap and cheerful''is how a Scottish couple describe the Twelve Mile Delta camping ground just 10km from the hustle and bustle of Queenstown's summer crowds.

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