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Accommodation filling for holiday season

GISBORNE and East Coast campgrounds are close to capacity four months out from the region’s busiest time of year.

Bookings for the Christmas and New Year period have been coming in fast, and some managers say their guests rebooked before they left last time.

Waikanae Top 10 Holiday Park manager Barb Biddle said all their self-contained units were fully booked from December 22 to January 15, and had been for the past six months.

Mrs Biddle said they have campers that have come back every year for more than 10 years and always request the same camp site.

“Most guests make their bookings between January and March for the following Christmas and New Year period.

“We also manage bookings for Churchill Park and this is fully booked from December 1 to January 20, give or take a few days in between each booking.”

Tolaga Bay Park manager Elizabeth Kaa said all their cabins were already booked, with a couple of tents sites left and a long waiting list hoping for cancellations.

“Most people start leaving around January 5 but then the casuals start pulling in.

“I enjoy that time of the year. It’s like summer never ends because everyone is always talking about it.”

Tatapouri By The Sea manager Lin Dugdale said they still had a few places left but they were usually taken by the end of November and December.

Rhythm and Vines festival CEO Kieran Spillane said demand for their camping had been extremely strong this year.

“Our premium campsites are already sold out and we expect our remaining campsites to be booked out within the month. Those wanting to join us for the New Year are encouraged to get in quick so not to be disappointed.”

Anaura Bay motor camp only has short term stays available from December 23 for two weeks over the busy holiday period.

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