Lockdown Story from the Olie Family
The Olie Family from the Netherlands were loving their holiday in NZ, but didn't think it would be extended, due to COVID-19
Hospitality in lock-down
We are a family of 4 from The Netherlands, traveling in NZ with our two sons aged 8 and 10 for a fabulous 3 month’s.
We started off with a few days recovering from jet-lag in Auckland, being amazed by the spotlessly clean streets and parks.
We lingered down to Wellington, enjoying great hikes and walks on route. After the spectacular beautiful Cook Strait crossing we traveled via Abel Tasman National Park and West Coast towards Wanaka. It took us about 6 weeks from the start of our holiday, and every day that we traveled further, we’ve been enjoying NZ more and more. The people. The views. The variety of landscapes. The things to do.
When we arrived at Wanaka our son immediately said: “this is the place where I would like to live when I’m a grownup.” Initially we planned to stay for about 2, 3 nights. But our sons’ vision proofed to be right: we found the perfect spot at Andrea and Justin’s campsite, so we decided to stay for almost a week. Every day again the campsite staff came up with new tips of things to do, every day again with genuine enthusiasm.
We reluctantly left to continue our travels to see more of NZ beauty.
But then...we heard about the lockdown. We called Andrea straight away. Our wish to stay four weeks in lock down at Wanaka TOP10 was based on our previous experience - the true and kind hospitality that we experienced at a fantastic campsite.
We had all the luck in the world that Andrea and Justin had a luxury, fully equipped 3-bedroom house vacant which we could rent during the lock down time.
Initially we were worried by the perspective of being locked up for four weeks inside a house - with two kids full of energy.
However, it turned out that with only a few other self-isolating guests at the campsite, the kids found this spot the perfect ‘private play-garden’ to play and run around without disturbing other campsite guests.
The best thing for them was the ride on the quad trailer which Justin’s mother; zipping around with ‘super-grandma’ is a memory for life!
Thanks to Andrea and Justin’s kind and caring hospitality for four weeks of self-isolation, seems more to be a 4-week holiday retreat. We have enjoyed having heaps of time together for genuine quality-family time and to see autumn coming.
We feel so much ‘home away from home’ in Wanaka!
In the future, when Covid- 19 is treated, we wish to return to Wanaka and definitely stay at Wanaka TOP 10 again.
Already looking forward it!
Absolutely loved staying here! Impressed with everything but would like to mention the smaller things I liked too; the daily WiFi password in te reo Māori and the explanation of the word, the nice presentation of signs and notices, the sanitiser outside the kitchen and bathrooms (thinking about...
Perfect. For the family, we were only there for two nights and it was easily accessible, clean and suitable for us.. all guests are super friendly as well which could be a reflection of the vibe from the whole place and staff. Thanks
Beautiful park with the lovely gardens and very clean facilities friendly staff and great location
Clean and tidy! Great location Friendly and helpful staff.
The park has absolutely everything you need and is so clean. The staff go out of their way to make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible.
Great service, clean and great facilities. Will recommend and return.
The lovely lady who greeted us at reception. She was informative and well spoken and took the time to ensure we knew everything we needed to for our stay to be a success including explaining that there was a shuttle to town available at a couple of times late afternoon so we could head out for a...
Very enjoyable stay, helpful staff, fabulous views.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Top 10 Holiday Park Wanaka. We loved our family studio and the accessibility to the different facilities within the site. The staff were super helpful and made our stay enjoyable. We look forward to visiting again in the future.
Very nice and friendly, lovely staff!
Desiree De Courcy