The weather certainly didn’t play nice in December or January however it didn’t deter our guests from still wanting to camp. We were at full capacity for the festive season and Waitangi weekend.
Creative Junk were on hand again keeping the kids entertained and the Urban Gardener rode her bicycle through the camp every morning selling fresh produce to our campers.
We are enjoying a busy February now that summer decided to show and have seen an upsurge in groups using our facilities which is fantastic.
The new walking track has opened and is getting plenty of use. Easy 45 minute loops through bush on the hill and is accessible from the Reserve, just follow the signs.
Sally & Wayne
There’s been a lot going on since our last update. Wayne has been busy painting the cabins and the endless dormitory windows. Our campers lounge now has a lounge suite and is a cosier spot on a wet day. With a mild winter it’s been great to be able to get outside to work.
We have landscaped around the cabins and improved the parking area. To provide some privacy a fejoa hedge has also been planted.
Our group accommodation has been getting plenty of use with Brownies, youth groups, school trips & family reunions. We hope to have more children’s activities in the camp over the Christmas holiday period as these proved a hit with the kids last year.
With all the rain the park looks great with plenty of spring flowers and the trees in bloom. We can’t believe how fast this last year has gone. We are both looking forward to another terrific season with a bunch of terrific people. We hope to see you soon. Sally, Wayne & Ash
Great to see so many campers enjoying the river and day trippers to the Reserve this summer. Christmas & New Year we were booked out. We have been quite strict this year with our one vehicle per site policy which meant the camp looked spacious and tidy with plenty of room for the children to play and ride their bikes. Thank you to everyone who helped us achieve this.
The camp kitchen had a real Christmas tree up this year...you can’t beat the smell of fresh pine. We also introduced a ‘share the love’ corner for campers to leave their non perishables. The fruit trees have been slow to take off so hopefully next season there will be plenty of fruit. Many thanks to Christine & Bridget from Creative Junk who entertained the children on New Years Eve with activities & a disco. They were a huge hit and we hope to have them again next year.
Our river tubes have been flying out the door and Wayne & I have also walked up the river and floated back. Very soothing and the water not as cold as we had expected.
The walking track directly over the bridge is nearly completed. This will be a great asset to the campground for those campers/day trippers who enjoy a bit of exercise. Thanks to the walking track workers for working in all weathers to get this completed.
Our lambs are now bolshie teenagers but still enjoy a bottle every now and again. I’m such a soft touch for a cute face. We have nearly finished with the refurbishment of the dorms, including all new bedding. The Common Room will be our next project. We want to turn this into a lounge room for the campers. We are also hoping to redesign the outdoor area of the camp kitchen before next summer. Lots to keep us out of mischief.
We hope you enjoy the rest of the Summer Months & want to wish you all a very happy and safe New Year. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Wayne & Sally
The daffodils are out and blossom is in the air. The park has had its spring clean and we are left wondering where the last 8 weeks have gone. Thank you to Will for our 2 newborn lambs. Instant de- stress therapy every 3hrs Any children visiting while they are still being bottle fed are welcome to come help us feed them.
Thank you to the Oxford Observer for their recent article on us and the park and look out for the camping guide pull out in the Press sometime in October for a feature on Ashley Gorge Holiday Park.
We celebrated yet another wedding a couple of weeks ago at the Reserve so congratulations to Louise & Ken. The sun was shining, the bride looked beautiful and the dog wore a tux.
Powered sites for the Holiday season are filling fast so please get yours booked to avoid disappointment. If you have changed your plans and no longer require your booking please contact us as soon as possible.
We are looking forward to the longer days with daylight saving nearly upon us. The park has been just busy enough for us up to now as new owners and we are on course to have everything in place for a fantastic summer ahead.
Sally & Wayne
Into our second week now in the park and the days are flying by!
So much to learn but we are so very grateful to Jan & Dave for their patience and sound advice. Give them another couple of weeks though and they may decide that living just 4kms down the road wasn't the best idea.
Dave & Jan have done an amazing job with the park and it is easy to see why they are so passionate about this area. We hope to build on this and continue to offer all guests to the Ashley Gorge Holiday Park a positive and memorable stay.
And what better way to start by holding our first wedding at the park. Congratulations to Nissa & Bret. The parks Function and Common room were transformed for the day and looked truly magnificent.
We have already met some amazing people and the local Oxford community has made us feel like one of the family already. We are looking forward to sharing our journey with you.
Wayne & Sally
Wow what a great Summer we had, lots of sunshine, warm weather and lots of campers. It was great to see so many people coming out to camp at weekends and during the odd day off during the week. The river was busy with people swimming and playing. It did get very shallow when we were not getting any rain to fill it up, but that didn't stop people finding a little hole to cool down in.
The big news is: We decided to sell our park and give someone else a chance to enjoy the great lifestyle in such beautiful surroundings. So if you come to Ashley Gorge Holiday Park after the 24th of July you will be dealing with the lovely new owners; Sally and Wayne Schist.
Sally and Wayne come to Ashley Gorge from Diamond Harbour. When they came to visit, they fell in love with the park, as we did almost 5 years ago, and now they get a chance to put a little bit of their personality into this special place, they get to know the wonderful campers who come back year after year and meet the interesting campers that are just here for a short stay. We would like to thank all our campers and visitors for their support over the last 5 summers. Your appreciation of our efforts to improve the park has made it all worthwhile. We are not moving far away as we have really come to love this area, and have made friends with the neighbours, who also have been very supportive. Hopefully we will now have time to spend socialising with some of the people who have become our friends during the time we have been guardians of this special part of Canterbury.
Jan and Dave Shelton
I’m not sure where that year went, after a very wet Easter, we moved into a not too harsh winter and now here we are; looking at Christmas Bookings!
The big news for us was joining the Kiwi Parks Group; this means all sorts of benefits for us in terms of referrals and group marketing etc. The benefits for you are: the ability to buy Kiwi Park Membership cards which entitle you to 10% discount at any Kiwi Park and 10% discount on Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry. You can also add to your Fly Buys points with all Kiwi Parks.
We took some time out from our park to visit some of the parks who are also in the group, even though there is a huge variety of differences in the parks the one thing that was the same was the warm welcome from all the operators. We will bring you more news of specials for members as they come available.
We have had a very busy school holiday period with Selwyn Guides coming the first weekend and a family reunion on the second weekend weekend with a church group coming in mid week, mostly in the Old School House Function Centre and Dorms, not a lot of people in the camp, so still plenty of room if you think you would like to bring the family out for a few days, the weather forecast is looking pretty good. The park is lovely and green and some of the blossom trees are flowering the colours are amazing, we are so lucky to live here and experience these changes daily.
Labour weekend bookings are coming in, but I think there will probably be plenty of space available if you just want to come out for a couple of days. With our late checkout you could always stay and take in the “Ashley Gorge Garden Experience” before you go home. Six amazing gardens to view and a quilt display at our very own Function Centre.
I can’t believe we have been here nearly 4 years and heading into our 5th Christmas/ New Year. We are looking forward to catching up with our returning campers and meeting a whole bunch of new people as well.
Take: over 180 Rovers, (young leaders in scouting), add Ashley Gorge Holiday Park and a couple of marquees, plus several tents, caravans and campers, put some people in bunkrooms and cabins add a dash of entertainment, a fair bit of hijinx and you have a recipe for a great weekend. We got to be the proud hosts of the “Entertain Moot 2014”. Although the weather was atrocious the Rovers did not let that get in the way of having a good time. Catching up with old friends and making new friends was a big part of the weekend, not only for the Rovers but their hosts as well. Thanks to all for making it a great success and for showing us what can be done in our park.
We had a bit of rain that weekend, we found it in the shop and in the garage when we got up Friday, then, once we figured out where it was coming from and we siphoned it out of our side lawn where it was collecting the draining water from the hill beside it, we managed to mop up the rest.
Eventually we got over Easter and the weather and started working on cleaning up the place before winter set in, we have managed to get some of the gardens tidied up and eventually got it dry enough to get the lawns mowed, but since then it has been pretty wet. We have had a few hardy campers who have enjoyed the peace and quiet and we were pleased to see them, it is not quite the same as summer but it is still a lovely place to be even in the winter.
We are back into maintenance mode and looking forward to a break away to the HAPNZ conference and to catching up with our guests who enjoy Ashley Gorge in the Winter.