Great place for both vis­i­tors and lo­cals

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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

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