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First caravan park International gives Australian visitors a Haka lesson

February 20, 2007
First caravan park International gives Australian visitors a Haka lesson

Family Parks New Zealand and Family Parks of Australia reinforced their alliance at what GoSeeNewZealand believes is the first International Conference held by an New Zealand/Australian caravan park chain

The friendly FPA Chain held its annual conference in Rotorua.

ContACT Internet Solutions Managing Director Graham Wallace and partner Michele joined the conference and spent three weeks gathering information for the a GoSeeNewZealand website.

ContACT Internet Solutions, based in Canberra in Australia's ACT is the back office support for GoSeeNewZealand. Graham and Michele used a Kea camper as their base.

There was of course a traditional Haka which included FPAs Aussie members.

Despite their best efforts no warfare followed, in fact the New Zealand hospitality was outstanding. Family Parks members and GoSeeNewZealand found the conference a great learning experience.

Graham Wallace with Patricia of White Rock Tourist Park
Graham Wallace with Patricia of White Rock Tourist Park

A Plan Your Trip feature has been added to the Family Parks website by GoSeeNewZealands mother company ContACT and conference delegates on both sides of The Ditch worked to establish the accuracy of this touring feature.

GoSeeNewZealands sister internationalweb site GoSeeAustralia supported the Conference with prizes for caravan parks and Patricia and John Dobosz of White Rock Tourist Park, Cairns won the $990 GoSeeAustralia advertising package Level 6 enhancement for 12 months.

They also took advantage of GoSeeAustralia's mapping facility.GoSeeAustralia completed a Queensland Parks feature as a follow up to a support features after cyclone Larry smashed into Australia's North damaging caravan parks and driving away tourists.

Tony and Joanne Gangemi of Banksia Tourist Park (WA) told GoSeeNewZealand they regard New Zealanders as Troopers

What a fantastic country and what a great bunch of people those New Zealanders are, they said. Thanks to anyone else that put the hard yards, everything was fantastic Tony and Joanne said.
Chris, Jon and Steven from Albury All Seasons Tourist Park (NSW) are of the same mind, but they seem to have done better than most. Heres what they have to say about the first Caravan Park International in New Zealand Wow! What a great conference and holiday.

Many thanks to Waiwera (Heather and Robin), Pukenui (Jo and Mick), and for the fish you caught for our tea Mick. Tauranga Bay (Rob and Meanne) for the scallops and oysters you and Rick gave us (never seen oysters that big) also for lending your surf rod, Miranda (Rae), Bowentown (Dave and Kaye).

Steve says thanks for the kayaks and bikes Corramandel (Sean and Caron). We had a great time thanks to all you guys for wonderful hospitality and great family parks and for the parks we didnt get to maybe next time. Hope all you Kiwis can drop in for a visit when you are in Australia.

School children give a Maori Welcome
School children give a Maori Welcome
Gus CEO, Peter, Kel, Gary all life members and Mark President
Gus CEO, Peter, Kel, Gary all life members and Mark President
Gold Award for New Zealand Parks Sandspit Holiday Park Jared and Zena Morrison
Gold Award for New Zealand Parks Sandspit Holiday Park Jared and Zena Morrison
Gold Award for Parks with 100 plus sites Tallebudgera Tourist Park Accepted by Lisa Robie, Australian Tourist Park Management
Gold Award for Parks with 100 plus sites Tallebudgera Tourist Park Accepted by Lisa Robie, Australian Tourist Park Management
Gold Award for Parks with 50 to 100 Sites Foreshore Tourist Park Peter and Ruth Deane
Gold Award for Parks with 50 to 100 Sites Foreshore Tourist Park Peter and Ruth Deane
Gold Award for Parks with less than 50 sites Shelly Beach Caravan Park Anna and Lynton Brown
Gold Award for Parks with less than 50 sites Shelly Beach Caravan Park Anna and Lynton Brown
Gary Jeal Presentation
Gary Jeal Presentation
Peter MacDonald Life Member Award
Peter MacDonald Life Member Award
Dinner Dance
Dinner Dance
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Family Parks Board
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