Great place for both visitors and locals
that time. They moved to the area from the Bay of Plenty.
‘‘We wanted to buy a holiday park and this one fitted our criteria, but prior to that I’d never heard of Himatangi.’’
The camp contains 34 permanent caravans and holiday homes and has 65 camp sites, two self-contained cabins, four bunkrooms and four units with their own kitchens.
Denis says Himatangi’s a great place to live. ‘‘Everything is within walking distance.’’
American tourists Trevor May and Cassie Rosa, from California, thought Himatangi Beach was a bit off the beaten track, but they decided to call in on their way to Wellington and so liked what they saw thought they would stop there for the night. ‘‘It’s beautiful,’’ says Cassie. They were heading for the South Island as part of a 25-day visit to New Zealand.
‘‘We were in Australia and knew we had to see New Zealand as well.’’
They have enjoyed surfing and hiking and were looking forward to visiting the South Island. ‘‘New Zealand is a beautiful country. Around every corner the scenery is like a postcard,’’ says Trevor.
On holiday: American tourists Trevor May and Cassie Rosa, from California, enjoyed a brief stopover at Himatangi Beach. For Denise Bush and Barry Jarman their place of relaxation has become their place of work.
From Lower Hutt, they were regular visitors at Himatangi Beach, having owned a house there for 10 years.
When they heard two years ago the store was on the market, they decided to buy it. They still have their beach house, but live in the store’s accommodation.
Denise says it’s a challenging business to run, as they need to cater to meet the needs of the locals and the weekenders and visitors.
‘‘It’s a bit of a juggling act, as they have different needs,’’ Denise says.
A coffee shack was added to the store and this has proved so popular it has been expanded to become a cafe, offering meals and snacks daily.
An ATM machine has been installed in the store and the eftpos system updated. Denise says it’s complex business. ‘‘It’s not just a dairy, there’s a lot of work behind the scenes.’’
The store has a staff of 12 and is open 12 hours a day during the summer.
Margaret and Denis Penney have been part of the Himatangi community for nine years, running the camping ground during