Lakes destination recognised

From left: Biodiversity contractor Layne Wadsworth, campground manager Andrew Howells and assistant manager Leanne Howells

Kai Iwi Lakes has been awarded the AA Recommended Traveller award for 2017.

Tourism territory manager for AA travel, Wendy Ambury said: “There are 280–300 advertising partners and tourism operators that we deal will in Northland alone. To achieve this award you have to get at least a 9/10 AA rating from customers. It’s something that not everybody gets and it’s certainly trying to recognise the people that are doing a good job in terms of being the face for tourism in Northland.

“We’ve got some pretty good tourist opportunities in Northland. We are really lucky in terms of the relentless effort these people put in. If we look at ourselves as a region, as a district … it really benefits from these quality providers that we have.”

Kaipara District Council parks and community manager Sue Hodge said:

“The council’s marketing approach is the use Kai Iwi Lakes as a hub. Get people to stay here and do the local attractions so the economic development is created outside of us. We create the draw card but it’s not for us to do well out of, its for the whole district to benefit from.”

Assistant manager Leanne Howells said that they work hard on creating a good atmosphere for guests and remembering the little things, like returned campers birthdays and giving a bottle of champagne to couples who get engaged during their stay, for example.

Campground manager Andrew Howells said that receiving the award was “great as it sums up what we’ve been try to do — people have to leave happy and go home relaxed. Which is what I think we’ve got right.”


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