2014 – 50 Years of the Tauri Family at the Holiday Park

The Tauri Family has been running the Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park for 50 Years!

Below is the opportunity to read about our family and our history at the Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park and Motels. We look forward to your stay with us to see for yourself how we have managed our Holiday Park to remain up to date with the needs of modern visitors to Lake Te Anau and the vast wilderness of Fiordland National Park.

Our philosophy is simple; we dont work in Te Anau, we live here”.

HISTORY

There are 4 Generations of the Tauri family living in Lake Te Anau with the oldest being Valerie Tauri (85) and the youngest her one year old Great Grand Son.

Valerie and Colin Tauri arrived in Fiordland in 1961 and worked at Cascade Creek Lodge on the Milford Road and worked together as Cooks before taking over as Managers of Cascade Creek.

Valerie and Colin moved from Cascade Creek to Te Anau and took over the Management what is now the Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park and was then the Te Anau AA Motor Camp in 1963.

Colin was a psychiatric nurse and was called upon for all manner of emergency situations including the floatplane crash at Lake Shirley. Colin was a Justice of the Peace, a riding member for the Wallace County and one of the founding members of the Te Anau Golf Club and Te Anau Lions Club and Marakura Yacht Club. Colin and Clint helped plant the original trees with Ivon Wilson and his “Men of the Trees” in Ivon Wilson Park.

Valerie and Colin were both good golf players and Valerie was also very good at Bowls.

Valerie and Colin’s four adult children Clint, Corrinne, Marion and Nadine all live in Te Anau.

Clint has managed the Holiday Park since 1975 until he and his wife Jill Tauri took over the Lease of the Holiday Park from Colin and Valerie in 1983, establishing Te Anau Holiday Park LTD and subsequently purchased the land upon which the Holiday Park sits.

Clint and Jill have three adult children, Felicity, Danica and Nepia who all have active roles in running the business.

Over the years Jill and Clint have continued to contribute to the Te Anau community through sponsorship, donations, employing people from the local community as well as supporting Fiordland Trades people.

Clint is a life member of Destination Fiordland and was the chairman of the Board. Jill is a current member of Fiordland Rotary Club and was the first woman president. Jill was on the Fiordland College Board of Trustees for 6 years and a Volunteer for Fiordland Ambulance for 8 years. She still donates her time as a trustee of the Meridian Community Fund.

Many buildings around the Holiday Park have a rich history; The West Arm buildings were purchased at the completion of the second tailrace project at Manapouri and have been installed at the Holiday Park. Some of the cabins were trades accommodation used during the re-build after the Te Anau Hotel fire.

Te Anau’s original Town Hall was situated where the Mitre 10 is now, this was demolished by Colin and Clint and the timber and wooden windows were used to build the Holiday Park’s Garage.

Steamers Beach Lodge was the accommodation building from the second incarnation of Cascade Creek, but before that was used as part of the Manapouri Hydro Project as accommodation.

What is now the Tracknet Bus office used to be the popular Jintz Restaurant and was run by Jocelyn Wilson and won awards for innovate cooking including a “Warm Venison Salad”. Clint and Jill Tauri and John Greaney purchased the original “Henry’s” Bar and converted and renamed it The Moose.

Te Anau artist Ted Thomas built what is now the Luxmore cabins and the school room was an original building from the Old Manapouri Hydro village which was on the main highway towards Te Anau (now Landcorp’s Kepler Farm).

At this point in time (2013), the Tauri family operates several businesses in Te Anau which include Tracknet, Fiordland Cruises – Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises, Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers and Edgewater Motel Te Anau.

Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park and Motel’s Luxmore Amenities are Te Anau’s newest purpose built Holiday Park Amenities and Marakura is Te Anau’s newest Lakefront Motel Accommodation, completed in 2011.

Over the past 5 years, upgrades have maintained the Holiday Park’s accommodation and amenities to match modern visitors needs.

Te Anau Holiday Park also operate a stoat trapping operation in the Doon to protect Whio or Blue duck populations and also any Takahe that roam from the Murchison special reserve area. We have raised awareness of the Carbon Cycle by planting donated native trees on our grounds. We hold concessions to operation guided trips including cruises in Fiordland and are a founding member of Kiwi Holiday Parks. We are Qualmark assessed and hold an Enviro Silver Award.