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For more than 40 years, four generations of the Nisbet, Hassall, Hammond and Jephson families have been making the trip from Dunedin to the Ardgour Valley near Tarras to camp beside the river.
Jane Nisbet first came to the spot with her parents more than 40 years ago and says the location is perfect.
"It’s the memories, I think, which is why everyone just keeps coming up again every year.
"It’s just a great family time."
When her parents first camped at the site it was a fairly basic set-up, of a few tents, a fire to boil the water and a few logs to sit on, she said.
"We like to keep it a bit more rustic; it’s just the charm of the place."
Each year about 20 campers from all four families pitch their tents during the Christmas and New Year break for a few weeks of swimming, eating, drinking and a generally "fantastic" time.
They do not have to worry about overcrowding as the farmer who owns the land allows only them on the property.
"We’re really lucky the farmer lets us on his property every year. It really is the perfect spot."