Queenstown council’s new happy campers

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Creeksyde Queenstown Holiday Park owners Erna and Tonnie Spijkerbosch have been confirmed as operators of the council-owned Queenstown and Arrowtown campgrounds.

In a sparse statement earlier this week, Queenstown Lakes District Council said local consortium CCR Ltd was now managing four local campgrounds – and the management agreement relates to Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park, Wanaka Lakeview Holiday Park, Arrowtown Holiday Park and Glendhu Bay Lakeside Holiday Park.

After further questioning by Mountain Scene, council spokeswoman Michele Poole says the Spijkerboschs will operate Queenstown and Arrowtown campgrounds on behalf of the council, which will continue to own the assets.

An unstated number of staff will lose their jobs, with only “some” transferring to the new operating company. 

Two council-owned Wanaka parks will also be operated by Spijkerbosch associates Agerta Hofsteenge and Rudolf Sanders.

The contract with the four operators will stay under wraps because of “commercial sensitivity”, Poole says.

The announcement comes a month after Mountain Scene tipped the Spijkerboschs were rumoured to have won the contract for Queenstown’s Lakeview Holiday Park.

Back in February – after a review – councillors voted to stop running high-end campgrounds and 10 parties filed expressions of interest for the Cemetery Road site.

The council earlier stated the financial performance of the four parks was “mixed” and resulted in an overall loss.

As well as Creeksyde, the Spijkerboschs are involved in a number of local companies.

Erna Spijkerbosch, a former Queenstown councillor, is also an ex-Destination Queenstown chairperson and past-president of the Holiday Parks Association of New Zealand.