Mahia Beach Holiday Park to reopen

LET’S GO CAMPING: Looking forward to reopening the Mahia Beach Holiday camp are Svarn and Sharelle Cresswell, with children Scarlett, 3, and Logan, 1. The motor camp has been closed for most of the year and the couple have put a manager on their Tiniroto farm to take on this and the Top 10 Holiday Park in Hastings as a new venture. Picture by Liam Clayton

MAHIA Beach Holiday Park is about to reopen after being shut for most of the year.

Former Tiniroto farmers Sharelle and Svarn Creswell are getting set to welcome holidaymakers to the camping ground from next month.

The couple bought the popular Moana Drive camp from the Fulton family, who established the holiday park in 1963.

The camp has had various lessees, the last of them closing the facility in March after claiming they could no longer operate a non-compliant camp.

The new owners and their three children Carson, 5, Scarlett, 3, and Logan, 1, moved to Mahia from Tiniroto where they ran a sheep and beef farm for five years.

Mr Creswell, originally from Gisborne, has a background in shearing and has worked all over the world, with stints in Australia, Wales and Italy.

Mrs Creswell, originally from Rotorua, is a qualified hairdresser and managed a salon in Gisborne for 10 years before moving to the Tiniroto farm.

Mr Creswell’s family have run holiday parks for many years, so the couple have been given a lot of helpful advice for starting out in the industry.

“We are very lucky. We have a lot of good contacts, which is a huge help,” Mrs Creswell said.

The couple, both in their early 30s, are flat stick trying to get the holiday park shipshape for the summer season.

Mrs Creswell said their main aim was to modernise and smarten up some of the units with fresh coats of paint and refurnishing.

“Structurally, the park is sound so we are just focusing on getting it all looking nice and up to scratch.”

Some areas, like the kitchen, are in need of a complete overhaul, with new ovens and equipment needed, she says.

“We are very lucky to have the help of our wwoofers’ (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) Naomi and Manuel, who have been helping out.”

The pair worked with the family on their Tiniroto farm and have joined them at Mahia.

The Creswells have started taking bookings and have a busy schedule ahead, as they are also in the process of taking over the Top 10 Holiday Park in Hastings. They will divide their time between the two facilities.

The Mahia Holiday Park will be a Kiwi branded park, the first Kiwi-branded holiday park on the East Coast.

— Wairoa Star

MAHIA Beach Holiday Park is about to reopen after being shut for most of the year.

Former Tiniroto farmers Sharelle and Svarn Creswell are getting set to welcome holidaymakers to the camping ground from next month.

The couple bought the popular Moana Drive camp from the Fulton family, who established the holiday park in 1963.

The camp has had various lessees, the last of them closing the facility in March after claiming they could no longer operate a non-compliant camp.

The new owners and their three children Carson, 5, Scarlett, 3, and Logan, 1, moved to Mahia from Tiniroto where they ran a sheep and beef farm for five years.

Mr Creswell, originally from Gisborne, has a background in shearing and has worked all over the world, with stints in Australia, Wales and Italy.

Mrs Creswell, originally from Rotorua, is a qualified hairdresser and managed a salon in Gisborne for 10 years before moving to the Tiniroto farm.

Mr Creswell’s family have run holiday parks for many years, so the couple have been given a lot of helpful advice for starting out in the industry.

“We are very lucky. We have a lot of good contacts, which is a huge help,” Mrs Creswell said.

The couple, both in their early 30s, are flat stick trying to get the holiday park shipshape for the summer season.

Mrs Creswell said their main aim was to modernise and smarten up some of the units with fresh coats of paint and refurnishing.

“Structurally, the park is sound so we are just focusing on getting it all looking nice and up to scratch.”

Some areas, like the kitchen, are in need of a complete overhaul, with new ovens and equipment needed, she says.

“We are very lucky to have the help of our wwoofers’ (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) Naomi and Manuel, who have been helping out.”

The pair worked with the family on their Tiniroto farm and have joined them at Mahia.

The Creswells have started taking bookings and have a busy schedule ahead, as they are also in the process of taking over the Top 10 Holiday Park in Hastings. They will divide their time between the two facilities.

The Mahia Holiday Park will be a Kiwi branded park, the first Kiwi-branded holiday park on the East Coast.

— Wairoa Star

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