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, […]

Marion Whyte & Paul Dayman in their courtyard at Tahuna Beach Holiday Park

Inspired Living 

“We live here out of inspiration, not desperation.” So declares long-time permanent camp resident Paul Dayman who lives with his partner Marion Whyte in an area of the camp its residents call The Heights. Looking west across the camp towards the snow-capped Mt Arthur Range, home is a comfortable caravan and insulated annexe, with a […]

Walking back to the tent after having a fun time on the beach February 2015

The happy followers

Ayumi Murdoch’s image, titled “The happy followers”, is the July Photo of the Month in the Collective Holiday Memories competition. Ayumi, her husband, son (now nine years old) and daughter (now 12) have been camping at Tahuna Beach over the summer holidays every year since 2009.

Went for evening walk on the beach and we found a stage for dancing, December 2014

It’s show time

Ayumi Murdock is a 45 year old mother of two children. “My husband, kids and I have spent the Christmas holidays at Tahuna Beach every year since 2009. We enjoy camping, swimming, fishing and playing holiday park activities.”

Izaak aged 15 months old on tractor ride at Tahuna Beach

Family holiday

Michelle Betts has been camping at Tahuna Beach Holiday Park for the last seven years with her kids Izaak and Tyler and parents. Izaak and Grandad used to love the tractor rides around the camping ground.


The annual holiday argument

My first memories of holidaying at Tahuna Beach Camp start in the 1940s. We lived in a small coal mining town on the West Coast and every year for our annual holidays we came up to Tahuna for a month. It seemed like most of our street in Dunollie came too, plus many others from […]


Awesome holiday memories

As the summer holidays got closer each year, preparations for a long stay at Tahunanui Camp would begin, including packing the caravan with what we would need for the holiday. I was primary school age when we started camping here and would count the days down until we hooked the caravan up and set off […]

Jessica Milne's daughter's favourite thing to do at the camping ground try all the fitness stops

Our first camping trip as a family

Two years ago my family and I had an amazing first camping trip away as family. It was my daughter and partner’s first time camping trip ever, all of us had so much fun with all the activities available at the Tahuna Beach. My daughter was initially so scared of the water slide but as […]