Camping spot home away from home
Wellington woman Merle Caldwell can't remember much about the first time she stayed at Hastings Holiday Park - she was, after all, just five months old. But she must have liked
However, Richard admits he is a Johnny-come-lately compared to Merle's family, who have been holidaying in Hastings since the 1930s. I've only been coming here every year since the 1970s he says modestly. Merle, a Lotto saleswoman, says she had missed only a few holidays at the camping ground since 1947. Richard, who sells building supplies when not camping in Hastings, says he gets a bit of stick from his workmates about his choice of holiday.
"They ask me: why the hell do you go to the same place every year? I tell them we've been all over the North and South Islands and to Australia, but that's different. Then we feel we have to do as much as possible. I can come here and the world gets along without me for a couple of weeks."