Your Photos

To be in the running for the Best Photo and People’s Choice Photo awards, we invited New Zealanders to submit images of Tahuna Beach and the Tahuna Beach Holiday Park.

We are proud to announce the shortlist includes:

  • Michelle Betts – Boogie boarding
  • Denis Cains – Us in the bush
  • Keryn Cawood – Annual Tahuna holiday 1
  • Keryn Cawood – Annual Tahuna holiday 2
  • Lara Colyer – Crazy Bikes
  • Julia Daly – Memories
  • Troy Dando – Cutting Surf
  • Troy Dando – Fire in the sky
  • Troy Dando – Mega Haka
  • Kay Evans – Beautiful Setting
  • John Freeman – Tahuna Beach Camping in the 1950s
  • John Freeman – Travelling to Tahuna Beach in the 1950s
  • Liz Gregory – Back Beach
  • Liz Gregory – Box Kite
  • Liz Gregory – I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
  • Graham Gregory – Reclining at the local branch
  • Graham Gregory – Sunlight Filters through clouds over Tahuna
  • Liz Gregory – The most coveted site
  • April Jarden – Sunset over Tahunanui
  • Bryan Lawrence – A 1984 Camp Romance
  • Ayumi Murdoch – It’s show time
  • Ayumi Murdoch – The happy followers
  • Monica Reeve – Sensational close of day 1
  • Leola Stenhouse – Blackadders, Dalzells, Bootes, Nelsons and Stenhouses
  • Leola Stenhouse – Catch of the day
  • Leola Stenhouse – Gil Stenhouse arriving at the camp
  • Leola Stenhouse – Stenhouse campsite at Tahuna
  • Leola Stenhouse – Stuarts, Bootes, Dalzells and Stenhouses on the beach
  • Judith Walker – Off to the beach
  • Anna Wilde – Wild day with my mates

Those shortlisted are now in the running for a share of around $8000 of prizes.

Public voting for the Collective Holiday Memories short story and photo competition has now closed.

The winners of Best Photo and People’s Choice Photo will be announced on Friday 6 January 2017.

In the meantime, we feature below a range of  the holiday photos that have already been submitted (more will be added over the next few weeks so check back regularly).


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 […]


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 […]


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!)


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 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.


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.”


Dog beach a delight

Ro Cambridge moved to Nelson in her 50s and has never camped at Tahuna. However, she says the ‘back beach’ – a place where dogs and their owners are allowed to run free – is a delight.


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.


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 […]