Reuben Ebrey, who with wife Alice owns and operates Himatangi Holiday Park, winner of The Spirit of Hospitality Award Reuben Ebrey, who with wife Alice owns and operates Himatangi Holiday Park, winner of The Spirit of Hospitality Award

Holiday Parks 2018 awards

Himatangi Beach Holiday Park has won the 2018 Spirit of Hospitality Award sponsored by AA Traveller.

This award is the holiday park sector’s premier award, made to the holiday park which excels in providing an outstanding visitor experience.

Park owners Alice and Rueben Ebrey are 100% committed to providing the highest level of service every day of the year.

'We make it a family rule that when we step out of our house we have a positive outlook so our ‘positive vibes’ can be felt by customers. We always take the time to engage with customers, even when we are busy.'

They analyse guest feedback and monitor all online reviews to make sure they are at the top of their game.

The judges said the park’s online reviews were what garnered the win.

The Holiday Park 2018 Awards were presented at a gala dinner in Hamilton last night (25 July).

A full list of Holiday Park 2018 Award winners follows:

Spirit of Hospitality – sponsored by AA Traveller

Winner:                Himatangi Beach Holiday Park, Manawatu

Finalists:               All Seasons Holiday Park, Rotorua
                           Athenree Hot Springs & Holiday Park, Bay of Plenty
                           Miranda Holiday Park, Coromandel
                           Russell TOP 10 Holiday Park, Bay of Islands

Outstanding Service to the Holiday Park Industry

Winner:                Richard and Noela Gunson

Richard and Noela Gunson have made an outstanding contribution to the holiday park sector. Richard served for five years as HPNZ President and is still an enthusiastic Board member. The couple travel the country regularly, visiting parks and attending HPNZ events. This generous couple are always the first to offer assistance and share their ideas. They have also travelled to promote New Zealand at overseas events.

Epay Emerging Star Award (for holiday park professionals under the age of 35)

Winner:                Peter Crawford, Manager, New Plymouth's Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park

Peter has been recognised for his highly successful and professional business approach. He took over the holiday park in 2013 as a family business and since then has grown visitor revenue by over 30% every year. (This award was announced in June).

TIA Sustainability Innovation Award

Winner:                Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve, Nelson/Tasman

The Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve employs over 110 people between November and May and around 50 between June and October. It sustains staff levels through winter by developing products such as the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park and the associated product development in accommodation and food and beverage. Free to enter, the Mountain Bike Park has taken years of hard work, commercial and environmental planning, community engagement and volunteer activity to develop it into the world-class facility it is today.

Resco Best New Build over $100,000

Winner:                Kaikoura TOP 10

More than 20 years old, the main ablution block was letting the 5-star Kaikoura TOP 10 down, with guest reviews noting it wasn’t up to the same high standards as the park’s other facilities. The owners embarked on an ambitious $200,000 facelift for the big bathroom block, and while the Kaikoura earthquake threw a major spanner in the timeline, the transformation is now complete. New features include custom-made heated mirrors, individual automatic flushing urinals and heat pumps on self-timers for guests’ comfort in the colder months.

Resco Best Upgrade under $100,000

Winner:                Rotorua TOP 10 Holiday Park

Located at the front of this award-winning park, the interior of this ablutions block was tired and dated and the wet flooring had become a hazard. The owners invested in a $42,000 upgrade, which included the addition of six new toilet cubicles and four showers, the installation of infra-red heaters which are very popular with guests, auto close doors, eco-friendly LED lighting and new double glazed windows.

Highly Commended:       Wanaka Kiwi Holiday Park

PGG Wrightsons Park Grounds Award

Winners:              Miranda Holiday Park & Rotorua TOP 10 Holiday Park

                           Miranda Holiday Park, Coromandel

It’s been a whirlwind year of constant activity at Miranda Holiday Park, with a focus on adding value and offering better amenities. Highlights include new family units, $5000 worth of new plants, an all-weather children’s playground, new street signage inside and outside the park, and an increased focus on pest control.

                           Rotorua Top 10 Holiday Park

Over the past 12 months, park owners Jasmine and Jared Adams have invested the equivalent of $75,000 to upgrade the grounds, including new outdoor furnishings, artwork and outdoor family facilities and activities. Children are a big part of the park’s marketing effort and a new jumping pillow, trampoline areas and playground keep the kids happy while their parents relax.

Predator Free NZ Park Award

Winner:                Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort

This park’s predator free programme is focused on achieving solid outcomes to reduce predators and restore native flora and fauna. The programme demonstrates good management and data collection and excellent collaboration and community engagement. There is a strong desire to educate other park owners about the importance and value of New Zealand’s Predator Free initiative. 

Highly Commended:       Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park

HPNZ President’s Award

Jason Hitchens, Leisurebuilt - for his support of the holiday park sector

AA Traveller - for their long-term support of the holiday park sector

HPNZ Board Service Award

Lee Boot, Alpine Pacific Kiwi Holiday Park, Kaikoura

Seekom Productivity Improvement Award

Te Anau Kiwi Holiday Park

ServiceIQ Award

Hanmer Hot Springs TOP 10 Holiday Park