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