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GREAT BUSINESS GREAT PEOPLE: Māhia Beach Motel and Holiday Park

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After a whirlwind Christmas-New Year period, with a booked-out campground, new Mahia Beach Holiday Park owners Svarn and Sharelle Creswell are adjusting their sails to head in a new direction.

It is one that will give the recently re-opened motel, cabin and camping facility a new lease of life.

Mr and Mrs Creswell are looking for a “couple” who are suitable enough to manage their new business, while they set-up their family base in the Napier/Hastings district.

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They are moving there in the next two weeks.

Mr Creswell says he and his wife will remain the owners of the holiday park, while the new managers hold the reins on the operations side of their business.

The Creswells are also looking to transform it into a family-orientated holiday park.

It had always been their intention to move further south, even when they were running their farm at Tiniroto.

They had been based at the farm for about five years, before moving temporarily to Mahia in November to set-up the holiday park.       

“We tend to get a lot of young guests over the summer period, which is understandable given this place is a holiday destination,” Mr Creswell said.

“Now, we want to promote the holiday park as a family-orientated accommodation place.

“We are now in the building and development phase, and we will continue to grow our business over the next year or two.

“Moving to Hawke’s Bay was always our intention… we are always looking to diversify and expand our opportunities. Here’s hoping that we will see a steady income throughout the winter.”

The entire holiday park, including the 18 rooms and 160 powered and non-powered sites, was booked out during the “New Year week”. Things are now relatively steady but busy.

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In the wake of the festive break, Mr Creswell says he and his family have also nearly completed furnishing and renovating the rooms.

This included installing new furniture and sprucing up each room.

Mr Creswell wanted to remind people that the Beach Café, at the holiday park, will remain open for the enjoyment of the locals and visitors.

If you have any inquiries, or you would like to make a booking, you can call the holiday park on 06 837 5830. Or, you can visit their Facebook page @Mahiaholidaypark.

31 October 2018

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