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High-spec beach accommodation a hit

New high-end accommodation units at the Waikanae Beach Top 10 Holiday Park are drawing praise from holiday-makers and providing an unexpected benefit for the park’s other guests.

As part of a four-year $8m redevelopment of the park, six two-storey units were completed just after Christmas.

GHL commercial property and projects general manager Rob Budd, who oversaw the project was rapt with the finished product.

“I am really pleased with the outcome,” he said. “It all went to plan from a construction perspective, and working with the Dawson crew and the team of subbies was a seamless and enjoyable process.”

Construction was done by Gisborne-based Dawson Building Company, who were awarded the $1.4m job through a selective tender process.

“We’re really pleased with them. They completed it right on time, when other construction companies said they couldn’t do it in time for the New Year.”

The two-and three bedroom units are fitted out with a fully-equipped kitchen, TVs, air-conditioning, walk-in showers, and feature polished concrete floors.

Mr Budd said given the proximity of the units to Awapuni Road, which carries a lot of heavy traffic, a sound engineer had also been employed to ensure adequate noise insulation.

An added bonus of that was the new apartment block also reduced noise for other campers.

“Part of the design thinking was the logging industry is here to stay, so how do we operate alongside it,” GHL chief executive Tracey Johnstone said.

If successful, there could be an opportunity to extend the units to include more along the Awapuni Road side of the park.

The addition of the new apartments, which sport “stunning” ocean views, means the park has accommodation fit for every budget — from the humble tent site through to a cabin, motel and now the apartments.

The next project is the renovation of two of the existing motel unit blocks, which contain 16 units.

Mr Budd said that would be a major project. While he and his team had just started the initial design phase it would likely include new kitchens and bathrooms, as well as improve the flow of the units.

The work would be done through winter to minimise disruption to the park.

The park is the region’s largest accommodation provider providing on average 46,500 guest nights a year and playing host to upwards of 450 guests a night in the peak holiday season.

Departing from the park this summer was long-time manager Matt Moore.

Ms Johnstone said Mr Moore and his team had worked tirelessly to ensure visitors had a positive customer experience and an enjoyable stay.

The company wished him all the best for the future.

ALL FINISHED: The new accommodation units at Waikanae Beach Top 10 Holiday Park. Pictures by Liam Clayton
GHL commercial property and projects general manager Rob Budd and GHL chief executive Tracey Johnstone in one of the units.