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Why We’re Celebrating

We’re really proud that New Zealanders have been making Collective Holiday Memories here at Tahuna Beach since 1926.

In 2016, we’re celebrating!

The Tahuna Sands Association first took over responsibility for development of the site back in 1926 and soon built changing sheds, a playground and a kiosk. Locals and holidaymakers started enjoying the site – many naturally wanted to stay overnight – so the motor camp officially opened in November 1937. Almost 80 years ago, 700 holidaymakers camped on site – the beginning of a summer holiday tradition that has continued to this day for many generations of families. The holiday park now occupies about 22 hectares running alongside the beach in Nelson, which was voted New Zealand’s number one summer holiday destination in 2016.

To celebrate 90 years of the site being available, TBHP is:

  • Run a national competition inviting holidaymakers to share their Tahuna Beach holiday memories – FIND OUT MORE & ENTER HERE
  • Inviting New Zealand artists to enter a sculpture competition that will culminate in a temporary exhibition at the camping ground
  • Host prize-giving events at the park in Summer 2016-17, during which the winners of both competitions will be announced
  • Curating a temporary historic exhibit alongside the prize-giving events.

In 2017, we’re planning to:

  • Publish a commemorative book
  • Commission and install new interpretative heritage panels throughout the park.
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