Camp­site up for sale in Whi­tianga

Hauraki Herald - - OUT & ABOUT -

A pop­u­lar and long-stand­ing sea­side camp­ground in the Coro­man­del town­ship of Whi­tianga has been placed on the mar­ket for sale.

The land, build­ings and busi­ness sup­port­ing the Har­bour­side Hol­i­day Park over­look­ing Whi­tianga har­bour are spread over 14,373 square me­tres.

The prop­erty con­tains a mul­ti­tude of ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions - from pow­ered tent and car­a­van sites through to tourist flats, along with all the so­cial in­fra­struc­ture found at stereo­typ­i­cal New Zea­land camp­grounds.

The pre­dom­i­nantly rec­tan­gu­lar site with its ex­clu­sive drive­way ac­cess across the road from a sandy beach has been op­er­at­ing as a camp ground for al­most 50 years – es­tab­lish­ing a ‘core’ group of hol­i­day­mak­ers who reg­u­larly camp over the Christ­mas/New Year pe­riod.

Cur­rent busi­ness and prop­erty op­er­a­tors Chris and An­gela Evans have owned the site since 1984 - run­ning the park them­selves for many years. Har­bour­side Hol­i­day Park is cur- rently op­er­ated un­der a man­age­ment con­tract.

The sea­side camp­ground is be­ing mar­keted as ‘turn-key’ op­er­a­tion - com­ing com­plete with all op­er­at­ing in­fra­struc­ture, in­clud­ing 98 in­di­vid­ual grassed sites for tent campers, car­a­vans and camper vans – with 61 of the sites pow­ered, and 37 un­pow­ered; 7 cab­ins and 4 self-con­tained tourist flats; sep­a­rate laun­dry with laun­dry tubs, coin-op­er­ated wash­ing ma­chines and dry­ers; in­door com­mu­nal din­ing area and read­ing room; com­mu­nal kitchen fa­cil­ity and re­fur­bished shower blocks.

Leisure ameni­ties in­clude an in-ground swim­ming pool, TV room, and chil­dren’s play­ground.

There is a three-bed­roomed owner/man­ager’s house with the camp ground of­fice at­tached.

Sales­per­son Josh Smith said trad­ing ac­counts for Har­bour­side Hol­i­day Park showed the camp­ground’s busiest oc­cu­pancy pe­riod was from the week be­fore Christ­mas, through un­til the be­gin­ning of Fe­bru­ary when the school year be­gan.

Smith said the lay­out and in­fra­struc­ture of Har­bour­side Hol­i­day Park meant the venue could be staffed through­out the bulk of the year by a ‘hus­band and wife’ man­age­ment struc­ture.

Smith said there was the op­por­tu­nity for Har­bour­side Hol­i­day Park to grow its rev­enue stream by in­creas­ing the in­ven­tory of fixed ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions to de­rive a higher dol­lar value per guest night.

The Har­bour­side Hol­i­day Park is be­ing mar­keted for sale by auc­tion at 11am on May 17 through Bay­leys Hamil­ton.

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