John Freeman's campsite in the 1950s

Camping in the 1950s

In 1953 we travelled over Arthurs Pass to the Glaciers, where it rain most days. Next was camp was at Punakiki for three nights and then onto Tahuna to dry out out tent and ourselves, and it was at Tahanua Beach Camping ground that we caught up with the news about the terrible accident at Tangiwai […]

Warren and Bev Jackson

Then and now at Tahuna Beach

The Jackson family decided to start having family holidays at Tahuna Holiday Camp in the 1950s. Every Christmas the car and trailer would be packed up for two to three weeks of fun in the sun. The tent, canvas stretchers, food, Tilly lamp, clothes, games, etc were all packed, with not a inch of room […]

Bonfire on the back beach in 2014

Back beach bonfire

Keryn Cawood has been coming to Tahuna Beach for 30 years, over the Christmas and New Year period, with extended family and friends – camping on the same sites every time. She says she wouldn’t change it for the world. This photo was taken on the back beach behind the camp on the last night before they all […]


Story prompts

Do you want to share your holiday memories – and be in the running to win a share of $8000 in prizes in the Collective Holiday Memories competition – but aren’t quite sure what to write about? Here’s a few prompts to help you get started: 1. How does your daily routine change when you […]

Flooding at Tahuna Beach Holiday Park back in 1986

Summer Storm

At first it was just a rumble in the distance that barely disturbed the quiet summer night. I needed to go to the toilet block, but I wasn’t going anywhere with that strange noise around. I squeezed my eyes shut and shuffled further into my sleeping bag. Perhaps if I ignored it, it would go […]

This is the back beach, just behind the camp. It was one of many hot, calm evenings this past summer in Nelson. Took the kids for a walk along the beach before bed and they spent ages watching the tiny fish swimming around their feet at sunset.

Sunset in paradise

Hayley Barrett has been coming to Tahuna Beach Holiday Park every Christmas since 1978 when she was three years old. She started bringing her husband twenty years ago and now they bring their children who look forward to their summer caravan holiday all year, the same way she did when she was a kid (and still does now!)

Sofia has been coming to Tahuna Beach on holidays since she was six weeks old

Etched in sand

Julia Daly’s father has holidayed at Tahuna Beach for 60 years and first brought her along when she was only six weeks only. She is now 33 years old and brings her own children. Sofia is four and first came at six weeks and Henry first holidayed at Tahuan when he was only two weeks old.

The Hortin family campsite in 1955

Free entertainment by the beach

I was two years old and my sister was five when, back in 1953, our family made the first long car trip from Ashburton to Nelson – a tradition that continued for many years, with a trailer behind the car packed high with all the camping gear. Our tent was a motor tent (green roof, […]