Thursday, 12 December 2019

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New NZMCA park in Whitianga opened

Thames-Coromandel District Council mayor, Sandra Goudie, formally opened the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association’s new motorhome and caravan park in Whitianga on Saturday morning last week.

The opening was organised by the Hauraki/Coromandel Area Committee of the NZMCA and was attended by more than 100 NZMCA members.

The new park is situated on Whitianga Waterways land adjacent to Joan Gaskell Drive. The canal-front land is earmarked for the future development of a luxury hotel. The previous NZMCA park, the first in Whitianga, was located on the opposite side of Joan Gaskell Drive, close to the current Whitianga Waterways sales office. Waterways development work on the site of the first park required the establishment of the new park.

The NZMCA is leasing the park from the Whitianga Waterways. The Waterways previously donated the lease proceeds back into the Mercury Bay community.

Before cutting the ribbon on Saturday, Mrs Goudie thanked the Whitianga Waterways for providing the park to the NZMCA. She also thanked the members of the NZMCA for using the park. She said Thames-Coromandel District Council is fully in support of the establishment of motor caravan parks around the Coromandel Peninsula.

There was a carnival atmosphere at the opening. Coffee and ice cream were available to purchase and NZMCA members could browse through several art and craft stalls as well.

“We fully expect for the park to move again at some point, when Waterways will start work on their luxury hotel,” says Murray Bennett, a Whitianga resident and one of the NZMCA Hauraki/Coromandel Area Committee members. “Up to that time, we have one of the most spectacular parks in New Zealand and I want to invite all NZMCA members to make use of it.”

It costs NZMCA members only $3 per person per night to stay in the park. Since the opening of the first park in Whitianga in December 2016, people stayed in the park in excess of 6,500 “bed nights.”

“If the NZMCA members spent $50 per day in Whitianga while staying in the park, which I think is a conservative estimate, the town has received a financial injection of more than $825,000 over the past three years,” says Murray. “If there wasn’t an NZMCA park in Whitianga, that’s money that would never have come into town.”

Pictured: Mrs Goudie cutting the ribbon of the new park with Rod Berry (on the left), NZMCA Hauraki/Coromandel Area Committee chairman, and Murray Bennett looking on.

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