Northland coastal hotspots became “ghost towns” during‘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, theBeach has seen an enormous drop in bookings, having only 15 of the 350 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 busyover the . 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.
Abel called on Northlanders to explore their backyards as a way to support local businesses.
Bad weather for Northland andrestrictions also caused a flurry of cancelations at Cove.
Nearly all of the 1,500 availablewere reserved at the for Labour Weekend. However, one of the staff members stated that most bookings were canceled as most of the booked were from .