A sneaky trailer park set up for Adele fans

Auckland City Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - DILEEPA FONSEKA

A ho­tel pro­pri­etor selling ac­com­mo­da­tion for the Adele con­cert came up with a trail­blaz­ing way to get around coun­cil reg­u­la­tions - a trailer park.

Shayne La Rosa, pro­pri­etor of Shoot­ers Sa­loon Ho­tel, Bar and Cab­ins was selling ac­com­mo­da­tion for Adele fans at 11 fur­nished cab­ins on the sec­tion next to his Kings­land bar when Auck­land coun­cil ruled the cab­ins non-com­pli­ant, only a month be­fore her con­cert.

‘‘I didn’t want to let peo­ple down,’’ La Rosa said.

So he of­fered a re­fund to those who wanted one, and a more coun­cil-com­pli­ant choice to the oth­ers - car­a­vans.

‘‘The coun­cil turned up and, you know, I thought they’d just go bal­lis­tic,’’ La Rosa said.

‘‘But they said ‘when we saw the car­a­vans we thought good on ya Shayne for find­ing an­other way to get around it’.’’

He hired four car­a­vans for the week­end and dropped the price of ac­com­mo­da­tion to $75-100 a night which he thought was ‘‘quite dear for a car­a­van’’ then re­funded peo­ple the dif­fer­ence be­tween their pre­vi­ously booked ac­com­mo­da­tion and their new trailer park digs.

La Rosa said it cost him $300 per car­a­van, $1200 in to­tal, to hire four for the week­end of the Adele con­cert

‘‘There was one cou­ple they wouldn’t let me re­fund them, they said ‘nope you’ve helped us out, this is what we want’.’’

But there were plenty of oth­ers to take their place, right up to Adele’s fi­nal day, three peo­ple can­celled their car­a­van book­ings on the day of the con­cert so La Rosa put them back up on­line at 11.00am in the morn­ing and they were snapped up within hours.

He even had three or four peo­ple walk in and ex­press in­ter­est in stay­ing in the car­a­vans long-term.

La Rosa’s hired car­a­vans were hauled off Mon­day af­ter­noon and says he’ll be selling his cab­ins off but hasn’t aban­doned plans for build­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion at two sites neigh­bour­ing his ex­ist­ing ho­tel.

Adele was brought to tears on her fi­nal night at Mt Smart Sta­dium as she re­called how far she’s come and that she might not tour again.

The Bri­tish singer thanked the crowd for com­ing to the fi­nal night of her world tour. As the rain poured, she told the 40,000 plus crowd they were the only rea­son she did this.

It was her fi­nal in­ter­na­tional date on a gru­elling world tour that started on Fe­bru­ary 29, 2016.


Shayne La Rosa set up a car­a­van park in Kings­land to ac­com­mo­date Adele con­cert­go­ers. 28-AKL-car­a­van

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