Min­eral spring hol­i­day park on mar­ket

Piako Post - - PROPERTY -

One of the few New Zealand hol­i­day parks and camp­ing grounds to con­tain its own ther­mal bore­spring pool fa­cil­ity has been placed on the mar­ket for sale.

The Te Aroha Hol­i­day Park camp ground is lo­cated on some 2.427 hectares of ru­rally-zoned free­hold land.

The hol­i­day park has a smaller se­lec­tion of cal­cium-based min­eral spring bathing pools. When first built in the 1960s, the park’s main swim­ming pool was used as the Te Aroha’s pub­lic swim­ming venue by lo­cal res­i­dents and pri­mary school pupils.

Te Aroha’s ther­a­peu­tic ther­mal waters were dis­cov­ered in the late 1880s when the town was a do­mes­tic tourist mag­net - draw­ing thou­sands of vis­i­tors from across the Auck­land, Waikato and Bay of Plenty re­gions. In its hey­day, Te Aroha’s ther­mal waters ri­valled those of the now more famous Ro­torua re­gion.

The Te Aroha Hol­i­day Park at 217 Stan­ley Road South on the out­skirts of the town con­tains a mul­ti­tude of ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions – rang­ing from pow­ered car­a­van and tent sites, through to var­i­ously con­fig­ured bud­get cab­ins and self-con­tained cot­tages.

Nightly rack rates range from $33 for a two-per­son camp site or $38 for two peo­ple in a camper­van, up to $ $85 for two peo­ple in a cot­tage or $110 for two peo­ple in a self-con­tained mo­tel unit.

The site has been op­er­at­ing as a camp ground for five decades – ser­vic­ing a core group of hol­i­day­mak­ers who reg­u­larly camp at the hol­i­day park every Christ­mas/New Year break, as well as the short-stay ‘‘free in­de­pen­dent trav­ellers’’ sec­tor, and most re­cently by a grow­ing num­ber of recre­ational cy­clists.

Te Aroha Hol­i­day Park free­hold land, build­ings and business are be­ing mar­keted for sale at auc- tion on Novem­ber 9 through Bay­leys Hamil­ton.

Sales­per­son Josh Smith said the business was be­ing sold as a go­ing con­cern at a time when Te Aroha was cur­rently un­der­go­ing a resur­gence in tourism pop­u­lar­ity off the back of the Hau­raki Rail Trail, which opened in 2012 and has steadily been ex­panded over the past five years.

‘‘Te Aroha is di­rectly on the Mata­mata to Paeroa axis of the trail, and as a re­sult the town is ben­e­fit­ing from cy­clists com­ing in to use the main min­eral pools or stay­ing at the Te Aroha Hol­i­day Park to com­bine both the pool fa­cil­ity and ac­com­mo­da­tion in park-like set­ting,’’ Smith said.

‘‘The Hau­raki Rail Trail Char­i­ta­ble Trust is con­fi­dent that the cur­rent route will be ex­tended even fur­ther - with the Te Aroha to Mata­mata leg ex­pected to be op­er­a­tional within two years.’’

A swim­ming pool com­plex con­sist­ing of a heated plunge pool, a 16-me­tre-long swim­ming pool, and sep­a­rate tod­dlers pool.

Smith said the business was also be­ing sold with a fourbed­room owner/man­agers home, which in­cluded the camp ground’s of­fice and re­cep­tion area.

He said the cal­cium-rich bore wa­ter used to fill the Te Aroha Hol­i­day Park plunge pool was heated to around 40 de­grees Cel­sius by gas burn­ers, while the main swim­ming pool op­er­ated nat­u­rally at around 24 de­grees Cel­sius.

‘‘The op­por­tu­nity here is for a new owner to take on a wellper­form­ing business and in­vig­o­rate it to the next level off the back of grow­ing tourism ac­tiv­ity in this part of the Waikato,’’ he said.

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Mo­tel units at the Te Aroha Hol­i­day Park. It is one of the few New Zealand hol­i­day parks and camp­ing grounds to con­tain its own ther­mal bore-spring pool fa­cil­ity.

Aerial view of the hol­i­day park.

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