After working together for 18 years, the time has come for Ian and Daphne Gamble to hand over the ownership of Hamner Springs and Christchurch TOP 10 Holiday Parks. Daughter Jacqui and her husband Dean Anderson have taken over the Hanmer Springs TOP 10 Park, while son Steve Gamble and his partner Tammara Lowdell are staying in Christchurch as the new owners of the Park.
Bought by Ian and Daphne in 1969 and opened as Meadow Park Motor Camp, Christchurch TOP 10 started out very small. Daphne and Ian's children Steve and Jacqui grew up at the park, and Steve clearly remembers playing with the children of campers who returned to holiday in Christchurch each summer holidays.
Although the Park was close to the city, it had a rural backdrop due to the greenbelt of land around urban Christchurch, with nearby properties being market gardens and dairy farms. Steve enjoyed all the benefits of a Kiwi-style country upbringing complete with learning how to drive a tractor and use a chainsaw - while still living on the outskirts of the South Island's largest city.
Steve and Tammara are excited about the future for the business. Steve's association has of course been life long - 47 years and Tanmara has been part of the park for the last 13 years. They met in Brisbane and Tammara moved to New Zealand in 2004. And they are bringing up a third generation of the family in the park with their children Casey and Radha.
"We aim to continue Ian and Daphne’s legacy here. We will be continuing to offer great value family holidays to kiwis and international visitors alike. We have restructured our accommodation prices after listening to feedback and have relaxed some of our booking restrictions to make it easier to book with us, especially directly through our website," Tammara says.
Other developments around the Park currently underway include the completion of earthquake repairs, resurfacing of roads around the park following earthquake damage, and plans for an exciting new facilities block.
Steve and Tammara have also just completed renovating a house on the property that sleeps 10 people which family groups will be able to book, providing yet another accommodation option at the park.
Overall, the Park is well on its way to a full recovery from the Christchurch earthquakes and the team are also eagerly anticipating the likely summer reopening of State Highway 1 from Picton down the coast, following the 2016 Kaikoura quake repairs.