All the comforts for campers at Whare Flat festival

Talia Low (left) and Magic Chirnside (both 14) enjoy a mocktail in Neil George's portable spa pool during the Whare Flat Folk Festival yesterday. Photo: Gregor Richardson
Talia Low (left) and Magic Chirnside (both 14) enjoy a mocktail in Neil George's portable spa pool during the Whare Flat Folk Festival yesterday. Photo: Gregor Richardson
Neil George has been turning more heads than the acts on stage at the Whare Flat Folk Festival this week.

The Macandrew Bay ventilation technician has built a portable spa pool which he put on the back of a trailer and took on holiday to the festival at Waiora Scout Camp.

It was all part of a dare.

''Over a few beers and a lot of leg-pulling about two months ago, the gauntlet was thrown down that we needed to take a spa pool to the music festival.

''This is the result. It runs off a 12-volt battery to pump water through a gas califont which heats the water, and we've got a generator that we use to blow the bubbles.''

He said the spa pool could be picked up and put on a trailer by two or three adults.

''The important thing is to take the water out first.''

The pool was towed to the North Taieri spot behind his 1964 Morris LD5 van, which was also a ''head-turner''.

He said both the spa pool and the van had made him very popular with other campers at the festival.

''We've thoroughly enjoyed being here.

''We're that well set up here that it's been great just sitting under the trees here, watching the world go by and listening to the music.

''Let's be fair, holidays can be quite stressful. So it's nice to have a wee soak and relax at the end of the day - absolutely.''

Mr George was one of more than 500 people who attended the Whare Flat Folk Festival, which started on December 30 and concludes today.

The event allows campers to enjoy music, entertainment and workshops in the natural surrounds of Waiora Scout Camp.

john.lewis@odt.co.nz

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