Re­vamped hot springs ready for an open day

Matamata Chronicle - - News/sport -

It’s been one year since the new own­ers at Opal Hot Springs ren­o­vated and re­vi­talised the at­trac­tion that peo­ple travel from all over the coun­try to see and now they are cel­e­brat­ing their mile­stone with an open day on Satur­day, March 3.

Three years ago Ge­orge and Rachel Helms fell in love with the 6-hectare grounds that of­fer hot min­eral out­door and pri­vate pools, a range of accommodation, pic­nic ar­eas and walks, af­ter they had a hol­i­day there.

‘‘Own­ing a mo­tor camp had al­ways been a dream of mine, so when we came here for a hol­i­day, I just loved it,’’ Mr Helms said.

‘‘I have en­joyed ev­ery minute of be­ing the owner. It doesn’t feel like a job be­cause it is fun and ev­ery day is dif­fer­ent.’’

With a vi­sion to once again make Opal Hot Springs a favourite tourist des­ti­na­tion with a friendly at­mos­phere, they quickly got to work and have had a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in vis­i­tors ever since.

Paint­ing ameni­ties, tidy­ing gar­dens and fences, re­fur­bish­ing the mo­tels with new car­pet and fur­ni­ture, and gen­eral main­te­nance were all part of the task be­fore them.

‘‘We have had so many good re­views and com­ments in our vis­i­tors’ book now, I can’t be­lieve how much we have ac­tu­ally achieved,’’ Mr Helms said.

‘‘So many peo­ple get out of their ve­hi­cles when leav­ing and thank us.

‘‘It makes us re­alise we are head­ing in the right di­rec­tion,’’ he said.

They have also re­freshed the shop with more stock; now peo­ple can walk right into it and have a look around.

Opal Hot Springs has fa­cil­i­ties for bar­be­cues, birth­day par­ties, con­fer­ences and more.

It of­fers a range of pools in­clud­ing a 25m lane pool, two ther­mal pools and the pri­vate nat­u­ral 40 de­gree Cel­sius Ra­maroa pool with new mood light­ing which is pop­u­lar with users.

Opal Hot Springs is open daily 9am to 9pm.

Wel­come: Opal Hot Springs own­ers Ge­orge and Rachel Helms in­vite peo­ple to an open day on March 3.

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