Family Parks of Australia now lists 26 parks in New Zealand under the banner of Family Parks New Zealand, the Friendly Parks, FPA Chief Executive Officer, Noel Guthrie, told GoSeeAustralia today. "And it is envisaged that the number of New Zealand parks will increase in the future", he said as he released the chains latest Accommodation Guide which now includes FPNZ parks in the North and South Islands on pages 93 and 94.
A more comprehensive NZ Guide has been published and copies can be obtained by calling 1300 855 707.
Editor's note: To help the Australia NZ links GoSeeAustralia is updating its caravan park files with the latest new FPA's listed.GSA has arranged with FPA head office to make immediate changes to the chains membership as they become available. (Pic above is Lake Hume Tourist Park). To read what pictures are about please hold your cursor over any picture on any GoSeeAustralia feature.
So now, says Noel Guthrie, it is Welcome to Family Parks New Zealand FPNZ your Guide to the Perfect New Zealand Holiday.
Family Parks of Australia FPA is an independent group of caravan parks which offer down-to-earth facilities, services and prices throughout all Australias states and territories.
The concept of FPA was initiated in August 1990 as a result of the constant demand for information relating to suitable caravan parks in the customer's intended direction of travel, Noel Guthrie said.
It became apparent that an umbrella organization was required to serve the customer in a professional manner, be able to recommend suitable parks and provide a book-ahead service. So FPA was formed, he said.
The first Feature Park for FPNZ on the FPA site is The Waiwera Holiday Park and Thermal Pools. The park has 80 power / tent sites and 12 cabins. The Holiday Park is secluded and set between bush covered cliffs and the sea, right on the beachfront and next door to the Waiwera Hot Pool complex.
All cabins and sites have sea views. There are 12 Chalets which are standard, stand alone cabins. They are one room with a double bed and three single beds. There are power outlets in the chalets but no facilities the kitchen, laundry, toilets and showers are in the two Communal Blocks.
All FPA Parks have a minimum of three star rating from AAAT with a few exceptions where geographical location makes attaining this standard impossible. FPA Parks are also required to be neat and well presented with clean serviceable amenities. A range of accommodation must be provided including unpowered and powered sites as well as on-site caravans or cabins, especially ensuite units.
All FPA Parks are inspected by independent consultants. Parks can allow pets at the discretion of the individual Park Owners/Operators.
There has been solid effort put into forging the FPA NZ link. At the FPA Conference in Melbourne in September last year a tour of Jayco Corporation was part of the experience for FPA and NZ parkies. Managing Director, Gerry Ryan, OAM, founder of Australias leading caravan and recreational vehicle builder told visiting members of the Family Parks of Australia and their New Zealand colleagues that both cabins and Free camping were opportunities for the caravan and camping industry throughout Australia.
Gerry Ryan is pictured (above) with (from left) FPA President Mark Lindsay, Jayco Fleet Manager, Robert Ensink and far right FPA, CEO, Noel Guthrie.
The big Family Parks audience at Jaycos Dandenong South headquarters included 16 representatives from Family Parks New Zealand who attended the conference for the first time. FPA Australia and FPA New Zealand met at the sparkling new RACV Club in Bourke St, Melbourne from Sunday, September 11 to Wednesday, September 14.
The Jayco tour experience introduced FPAs delegates from Australia and New Zealand to the down-to-earth company which Gerry Ryan founded on camper trailers. He and a founding family of executives, who are largely still at Jayco, nursed the caravan builder through the Recession we had to have and grew it to its leading 44 per cent share of the Australian caravan and recreational vehicle market.
Jayco, FPA and FPNZ have the down-to-earth approach in common. With caravan park charges drawing Forum comment on many sites which includes suggestions of setting up a chain based on basic caravanning needs it is worth noting that the typical charges at FPA off peak seem affordable.
For example powered sites double off peak to peak Qld: Brisbane $25, (4km from the CBD). Airlie Beach $20-25, Cairns $20 to $25, Gold Coast $28 to $36.
SA: Adelaide $26.50 to $28.50, (17km from the City). Barmera (Lake Bonney) $20 to $28, Barossa Valley $24 to $26, Mount Gambier $20 to $25.
WA: Perth $31 to $33, (18km from the City) Margaret River $22 to $24, Busselton $24 to $30.
Tasmania: Hobart $20, (About 10 min from the CBD). Launceston $22 to $25, (10min from CBD) Bicheno $20, Devonport $16 to 22.50 (Close to Bass Strait Ferry Terminal).
NT: Alice Springs $27, Katherine $24, Darwin $23 (20min from the City).
NSW: Sydney $30 to $35 (23km from the City) Albury $22 to $26, Armidale $20, Batemans Bay $25 to $44, Coffs Harbour $24 to $33, Dubbo $19, Nambucca Heads $23 to $32, Port Stephens $18 to $35.
Victoria: Melbourne $26 to $40 (20km from the City). Ballarat $19.50, Bendigo $24, Cape Otway $20 to $30, Echuca $23 to $30, Swan Hill $21 to 28, Mildura $20 to $23 (About 5min from the CBD).
Not only are the parks involved well located many are in exceptional settings, in relation to cities, natural surrounds, wildlife, rivers, beaches, attractions and facilities. This adds a value which money cant buy and is essential to an affordable experience which rejuvenates holiday makers.
The Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources monthly E-newsletter Impact came up with some interesting statistics on caravan parks this month.
For the September quarter 2005 based on ABS numbers caravan parks had 11.3 million site nights with an occupancy rate of 52.5 per cent. Revenue available per site night is quoted as $9.55.
Holiday flats units and houses had 1.3 million unit nights occupied at an occupancy rate of 51 per cent revenue available per unit night $52.90.
On what seems a similar analysis base hotel, motel and guesthouses have a yield of $79.78 per room night available.
On the face of it GSA does not understand why anybody would run a caravan park with sites. We asked the department to help us understand. And here is their answer -
Thank you for your enquiry regarding yield for caravan parks which was published in this month's IMPACT.
The data in question (revenue per available site night, $9.55) was calculated from information provided in the September 2005 issue of ABS Cat. No. 8635.0 Tourist Accommodation, Australia, page 19.
Please note that yield information for other accommodation sources: 'Holidays/flats/units/houses' and 'Visitor hostels' are also published on an 'available' basis.
Confirming the yield calculation for caravan parks:
(a) Takings from accommodation (caravan parks, Australia): $ 206,315,000
(b) Site nights occupied: 11,338,700
(c ) Site occupancy rate: 52.5%
Revenue per available site night ($) =(a)/(b)*(c ) =($ 206,315,000)/11,338,700*0.525
Economic Analysis Team
Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources
Level 11, 33 Allara Street, Canberra City ACT 2601
GPO Box 1545, Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: 61-2-62136989 Fax: 61-2-6213 7317