Summer writing inspirations – a classic Kiwi camping ground

It’s summer in New Zealand and here’s a photo I took of one of the country’s best known camping grounds at Clifton, northeast of Hastings in Hawke’s Bay.

Camping ground at Clifton, Hawke's Bay.
Camping ground at Clifton, Hawke’s Bay.

Camping grounds like this one were iconic for decades in New Zealand, the focus of the great Kiwi holiday in which Mum, Dad and the kids packed everything up into the car and drove off to the camping ground they used every year. Back then there were no cafes or coffee culture and travel was difficult. But it was easy to camp. They’d set up house there – just like at home – cook all their own meals in the camp kitchen, and meet the people there they met every year and generally have a fun time. Today camping grounds remain an important part of the holiday scene, and it’s inspiring to imagine the stories of the people who stay there.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2014

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