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Looking forward to busier summer days: Covid continues to dictate tourism in Te Tairawhiti

No First Light Wine and Food Festival.

No Longline Classic music festival.

No wonder it was notably quieter in the city than the usual annual Labour Weekend buzz.

The summer camping season kicked off over the holiday weekend and places like Anaura Bay attracted good numbers of campers.

Town, however, was less busy than a normal Labour Weekend in places such as the Gisborne Holdings Ltd-owned Waikanae TOP 10 Holiday Park.

Park operations manager Haze Richardson noted that but is looking forward to an anticipated busy summer season at the popular venue despite the uncertainty created by the pandemic.

“Covid continues to dictate tourism in Te Tairawhiti,” GHL commercial operations general manager Jeremy Raymond said.

“Labour Weekend was noticeably less busy than usual due to the postponement of events and the travel restrictions for those in Auckland, Northland and the Waikato.

“Our summer is looking busy but we know this can change quickly due to Covid.

“We continue to follow the guidelines from the Ministry of Health, Holiday Parks NZ and TOP 10, ensuring both our staff and guests are safe.”

Gearing up for a busy summer: Labour Weekend was relatively quiet at the popular Waikanae TOP 10 Holiday Park but operations manager Haze Richardson (pictured) is anticipating a busy summer despite the uncertainty created by Covid. Picture by Liam Clayton