Lake Outlet Holiday Park owner Glenn Tattersall will be
breathing a sigh of relief on Christmas Day.
The camp's new sewerage and wastewater system is expected to
be operational after months of development.
"It will be connected up before Christmas. Yes, that is this
week ... I think we have four and a-half hours to spare, but
everything is on track," Mr Tattersall said on Tuesday.
Summer holidaymakers have started to fill the lakeside camp,
which can cater for between 500 to 600 visitors.
A flood of late bookings have been made by Christchurch
families unable to go to their usual camps in the Nelson area
because of recent storm damage.
Mr Tattersall and his partner, Tracy Addison, took over the
lease on the camping ground, next to Lake Wanaka and the
outlet of the Clutha River, about four years ago.
Since then they have worked with landowner Callum Urquhart,
the Queenstown Lakes District Council, the Te Kakano Trust,
Bike Wanaka and others on improvements such as trail
development, the removal of wilding pines, native tree
planting and replacing the old septic tanks with a
long-awaited underground wastewater system connected to the
"It's been a giant leap forward ... It has secured the future
of this place.
"We are really rapt ... With the new system, we can expand
over time. Now we've got the scheme, we can build new toilets
and showers and a new central facilities building. But that
is all in the future. We are at the design phase," Mr
They would apply for resource consent next year, he said.
Between 5000 to 7000 native trees and tussocks had been
planted since camp development began, he said.
Lake Hawea Holiday Park manager Mike King was enjoying the
calm this week before the Boxing Day storm.
Numerous groups were booked for the day after Christmas, but
campers from Christchurch, Rangiora and Queenstown had
already claimed familiar spots.
"We have a ground core of people who have been coming here
for 20 to 30 years," Mr King said.
These would be complemented by young people coming with
And the families would contend with about 300 people between
the ages of 18 and 22 booked in to the camp between December
28 and January 2.
Mr King was "looking forward to a very populated guest
season", and said he believed tenting had become more popular
this year because of the economic downturn.
It was great to see the grass still green at this time of
Santa was tipped to make an appearance on Christmas Day
bearing lollies, face-paint and other goodies for the