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The Te Anau Top 10 Holiday Park has
won the Holiday Parks premier award at a
function in Blenheim last week.
The AA Spirit of Hospitality Award recognises
excellence in customer service and
reflects the importance that the holiday
park sector places on looking after their
guests. Considered by the Holiday Parks
Association as the top holiday park award in
New Zealand, finalists are selected based
on comment cards sent in by guests and
results from Qualmark mystery shopping.
Automobile Association New Zealand
tourism general manager Peter Blackwell
said the Te Anau holiday park were well
deserved winners. “In every aspect of
the park they deliver what the consumer
expects,” Mr Blackwell said.
Te Anau Top 10 Holiday Park was a finalist
for the award in 2006 and runner-up last
year. “I congratulate Bryan and Georgia
McChlery on their consistently high standard
of hospitality year on year,” Mr Blackwell
said. “Staying at a holiday park is a real
Kiwi experience and a must-do for both
international and domestic visitors. It is
the quality of a host’s service that makes
the experience even more enjoyable and
memorable,” he said.
Mr McChlery said he and his team were
delighted with the win. Already it had
generated a lot of publicity for the park.
“It’ll definitely raise our profile out there and
hopefully bring some customers through the
The park’s staff deserved a lot of the
credit for the consistently high standard of
service and they would be included in the
celebrations. “A night out at some stage,” he
Te Anau Top 10 Holiday Park manager Bryan
McChlery after winning what is considered the
most sought-after award in the industry.
Top 10 comes out tops
The Fiordland College Parent
Teacher Association has come up
with a novel way to beat the winter
blues while also raising money for
the school — the Fiordland Fog
The PTA has devised a spectacular
mountain bike race over the
foothills of Landcorp’s Stuart Block
farm near Te Anau to be held on
Sunday August 1 starting at 12pm.
Spokeswoman Heather Sinclair
said the inaugural event would be
a fundraiser to raise money for
sports uniforms and tracksuits.
The race was a trial run for the
PTA and, if successful, might be
expanded in the future to include a
course for walkers and runners.
The Fog Buster was the only
mountain bike race in the Te Anau
area and should appeal to a wide
range of people, Mrs Stewart said.
The course would comprise three
distances providing mountain
bikers with breath-taking views and
Clear out the cobwebs in first fog buster
The inaugural Fiordland Fog
Buster mountain bike race next
month will offer a variety of
courses and terrain to suit all
abilities — each with spectacular
views of the surrounding area.
The risk of legal action has prompted
the Southland District Council to halt
vegetation clearing on the Manapouri
foreshore while it applies for resource
Council area engineer Graham Jones
said the clearing of vegetation last
month was as allowed for under the
reserve management plan, which was
adopted in 2003.
“Most people were very positive about
the work done as it enables a view of
Lake Manapouri,” he said. “However,
some negative feedback was also
received and possible legal action
signalled if the work continued,” Mr
The council also received legal
advice that a resource consent
was needed to continue clearing
indigenous vegetation. Council
resource management manager Bruce
Halligan said Rule HER.3 in the District
Plan governs indigenous vegetation
modification throughout the district.
“The Resource Management Act
requires Council to recognise and
provide for the protection of significant
indigenous vegetation and significant
habitats of indigenous fauna. While
this is primarily aimed at private land,
it also applies to public land. “If more
work is carried out on the Manapouri
Foreshore, Council could be seen to be
in breach of its District Plan, which is
obviously not acceptable.”
Any further work would need a
resource consent and an application
for such would be publicly notified to
allow all parties to make a submission
in support or in opposition. Mr Jones
said some Manapouri people could be
frustrated, but it was essential that the
council ensured work was lawful and
that it followed correct procedure.
An application should be lodged within
a month. The council is likely to hold
the pre-hearing meeting and possibly
also the formal hearing in Manapouri.
There will be an opportunity to speak to
submissions at the formal hearing.
Legal cloud halts
great scenery regardless of their level of
fitness, she said.
The 6km recreational race would cover a
relatively flat course on four wheel drive
and grass tracks, catering for riders aged
eight and older. The 9km sport race would
be a longer version of the 6km course for
fitter riders, again aged eight and older.
The 20km classic race would target fit
riders 14-years and older which would
feature a mixture of hills and flat riding on
four wheel drive and grass tracks.
Spot prizes would be awarded throughout
the day. Prizegiving would be at 2.30pm
and barbecue food and drinks would also
be on sale, Mrs Stewart said.
Race registrations are being taken now, with entry
forms available at Outside Sports in Te Anau’s Town
Centre. Entries can also be made at 10am on the day
at 485 Manapouri-Te Anau Highway.
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