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Heavy Rain, Closed Borders Turn New Zealand Hotspots As “Ghost Towns” This Labor Day Weekend

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Northland coastal hotspots became “ghost towns” during New Zealand‘s Labour Weekend due to torrential rain and Auckland’s continued lockdown, a report said. These factors affected the number of visitors in the region.

According to the report, the Ruakaka Beach Holiday Park has seen an enormous drop in bookings, having only 15 of the 350 campsites occupied instead of 150 over the extended weekend.

The park’s director, Anne-Marie Abel, said Aucklanders comprised 60 percent of the bookings on a typical Labour Weekend.

“I have done 14 years here, and this is the first time ever that it’s been this empty. I thought last year was a record.

“We’re in the land of nowhere as no-one can come up here…we need to get Northlanders to move. How do we survive otherwise?” she said.

Three or four staff members were usually required to run the busy campground over the holiday. However, this year, only one employee was assigned, with Abel on call.

More than 90 caravans owned by people from out of town sat vacant on the camping site.

Abel called on Northlanders to explore their backyards as a way to support local businesses.

Bad weather for Northland and border restrictions also caused a flurry of cancelations at Camp Waipu Cove.

Nearly all of the 1,500 available campsites were reserved at the campground for Labour Weekend. However, one of the staff members stated that most bookings were canceled as most of the booked travelers were from Auckland.

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