2020 – Over 50 Years of the Tauri Family at the Holiday Park

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

Below gives you the opportunity to read about our family and the history of the Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park and Motels. When you come and stay, we look forward to showing you how we have managed to keep our Holiday Park up to date with the needs of many visitors who travel to Lake Te Anau to explore the vast wilderness of the Fiordland National Park.

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

HISTORY

There have been 4 generations of the Tauri family live in Te Anau over the time that we have been custodians of the park.

Valerie and Colin Tauri arrived in Fiordland in 1961 and were employed at the Cascade Creek Lodge on the Milford Road, working together as Cooks before taking on and accepting the challenges in the Manager’s roles.

From there in 1963, Valerie and Colin moved from Cascade Creek to Te Anau and took over the Management of the Te Anau AA Motor Camp, which is now known as the Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park and Motels.

Colin had various roles within Te Anau, he was a psychiatric nurse and was called upon for all manner of emergency situations including the floatplane crash at Lake Shirley. He was also Justice of the Peace, a riding member for the Wallace County and one of the founding members of the Te Anau Golf Club, 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 the now established Ivon Wilson Park.

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

Valerie and Colin’s bought up four children and as adults Clint, Corrine, Marion and Nadine all lived in Te Anau.

Clint had managed the Holiday Park since 1975 until he and his wife Jill took over its lease 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 or being involved in their many businesses.

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

Clint is a life member of Destination Fiordland and was the chairperson 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; our West Arm complex was purchased at the completion of the second tail-race  Hydro project at the West Arm Power Station on Lake Manapouri. Some of the cabins were tradesmen accommodation during the re-build after the Te Anau Hotel fire.

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

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

What is now the Tracknet Bus office used to be the popular Jintz Restaurant which was run by Jocelyn Wilson and won awards for innovate and creative meals. Clint and Jill Tauri and John Greaney purchased the original “Henry’s” Bar, converting and renaming it “The Moose”.

Te Anau artist Ted Thomas built what is now the Luxmore cabins and the Doubtful Sound Kayak office was an original building from the Old Manapouri Hydro village which was on the main road between Manapouri and Te Anau (now Landcorp’s Kepler Farm).

At this point in time (2020), the Tauri family operates several businesses in Te Anau, with the Holiday Park aside, also includes Tracknet Bus Company, Fiordland Cruises – Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises, Doubtful Sound Kayaks and Edgewater Motel Te Anau.

Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park and Motel now includes the Deluxe Marakura Motels which was completed and opened in 2011.

Maintenance and upgrades around the Holiday Park are constantly evolving to match the requirements and wishes of our guests.

We are a founding member of the Kiwi Holiday Park Group, we are Qualmark assessed and hold an Enviro Silver Award.

Our Te Anau Holiday Park also operate a stoat trapping operation in the Doon to protect the ( Whio ) Blue Duck population along with any Takahe that roam from the Murchison special reserve area. We have raised awareness of our Carbon Footprint by planting donated native trees on our grounds. We hold concessions to operation guided trips including cruises in Fiordland.