Famed New Zealand Campground up for Sale

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December 30, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

A seaside campground business located on one of New Zealand's most spectacular coastal highways is on the market for sale, according to a report by

For more than a generation, Tatapouri by the Sea north of Gisborne has been a popular summer holiday spot for campers – providing some of the first glimpses of new daylight anywhere in New Zealand.

The campground is known for its fantastic boat ramp access for fishing and diving, as well as being close to dozens of surf breaks in the nearby Makorori and Wainui bays on State Highway 35.

In its hey-days of the 1970s and '80s, the settlement of Tatapouri had a classic country pub which was a magnet for the local surfing community, while the idyllic bay was a Mecca for free campers – sleeping in the back of Holden station wagons or VW Beetles.

Now for sale, the Tatapouri by the Sea campground is licensed for up to 180 campers – including 51 powered sites for campervans and caravans, plus four log cabins with their own gas cooking and 'fridge facilities which can accommodate up to three people.

Additional campground infrastructure includes a kitchen with covered courtyard, shower facilities, a children's playground, barbecue area and office block. A well-developed network of access ways and parking areas is also woven between the various accommodation sites.

The absolute waterfront property – split into two sections – and business have been placed on the market by Bayleys Gisborne through a tender process closing on Jan. 24. The business and its two associated properties are being marketed by Bayleys Gisborne salespeople Greg Robertson and Cory Hutchings and can be bought separately or as one lot.

Robertson said Tatapouri by the Sea's current owner had completed an extensive upgrade of the camping facilities since purchasing the land and business in 2007.

"Over the subsequent four years, the Auckland-based owner worked with Gisborne District Council to draw up a subdivision option for the land," he said.

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