New own­ers for hol­i­day park

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JO MCKENZIE-MCLEAN

A re­tired po­lice of­fi­cer and for­mer banker have moved from Levin to Millers Flat to fol­low their dream of run­ning a hol­i­day park.

Marise and John May moved to the tiny Cen­tral Otago vil­lage in Septem­ber af­ter pur­chas­ing the Millers Flat Hol­i­day Park.

‘‘The kids have grown up and we were look­ing for a change of life­style,’’ Marise May said.

‘‘We’ve looked at camp­ing grounds over the years but never done it. John spied this on Trade Me. I was walk­ing the Mil­ford Track with friends and came to have a look in Fe­bru­ary. We looked around for a day and put an of­fer in and that was that. We thought it was time for us to have a change and we wanted some­thing that of­fered a great life­style and where peo­ple were happy to come for a hol­i­day.’’

While John May had never lived in Cen­tral Otago, he was ‘‘sort of back to his roots’’.

His fa­ther was born on Bendigo Sta­tion and his grand­fa­ther ran two ho­tels in Cromwell.

Marise May said the past month had been busy with the pair un­der­tak­ing a huge clean-up, in­clud­ing spruc­ing up the cab­ins, ablu­tion blocks and work­ing on the old the camp shop. There was also a car­a­van avail­able to hire.

‘‘It wasn’t un­til we got here we re­alised how much work there was to do.’’

They planned to res­ur­rect the old camp shop and sell cof­fee and ice creams, as well as other good­ies.

The bike trail run­ning through the vil­lage, and link­ing it to other towns, was a draw­card, and they had teamed up with Al­ti­tude Bikes to of­fer a bike ser­vice to clients, she said.

‘‘We will have trans­port and bike hire based out of here. We are right in the mid­dle of the trail and can drop peo­ple off at points along the trail. Peo­ple don’t al­ways have room for their bikes.’’

The pair had also been busy mak­ing gi­ant con­nect four games and a check­ers set which were prov­ing pop­u­lar with campers.

They de­scribed the camp­ing ground as the tra­di­tional Kiwi hol­i­day desti­na­tion that did not cost huge amounts, and was not over crowded. There were great fish­ing spots and they had a key to the com­mu­nity pool.

The hol­i­day park had 70 pow­ered sites, and had two bunk rooms, three kitchen cab­ins, two ablu­tion blocks, a kitchen and laun­dry.

For more in­for­ma­tion check them out on Face­book.

John, Shan­nan and Marise May - the new own­ers of Millers Flat Hol­i­day Park.

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