Long Term Campers’ Stories

As well as inviting everybody who has ever stayed at Tahuna Beach Holiday Park to submit their memories (short stories and photos) as part of the Collective Holiday Memories competition, we will be inviting local writers/journalists/historians to write articles about some of our long term visitors.

Harry Osborne driving the fun tractor at Tahuna Beach Holiday Park

Harry the Fun Tractor Man

Every morning, weather permitting; Harry Osborne hitches the ‘fun trailer’ onto a bright red Massey 135 tractor and waits promptly near the Tahuna Beach Holiday Park gates for his passengers. The trailer, which is decorated in colourful comic-book-like postage stamps featuring kiwis in different costumes, seats about 40 occupants. Depending on how many children, parents […]

Coursey family

Home away from home for 56 years

A dark blue wave intersects with patches of blue and silver in the striking custom paint job that adorns the sides of Jude and Dave Coursey’s caravan, which they inherited back in 1997 from Jude’s father. The 25-foot home on wheels now serves as “caravan central” for Jude and Dave’s extended family during the three […]


Without a care in the world

Walter Nash was prime minister of New Zealand when Diane Harris’ family first embarked on the road trip from Ashburton to Nelson on Boxing Day in 1958. At the time, the road up the coast via Kaikoura was only gravel. Diane’s family made the journey in a Humber 80, towing a trailer full of camping […]