In 2015 the Mays were ready for a change—John had been in the police for 30 years and Marise had a long career as a bank manager.
The time was ripe for a move and the couple began exploring the possibilities of buying a camping ground. A mix of family connections, pragmatics and opportunity drew them to Central Otago. They love the climate and outdoor lifestyle.
Being together all-day, every day was something new for the Mays but they are a team that hums. Marise takes care of the office, planning, and health and safety, while John is the cleaning and maintenance man.
“We work really well together. We didn’t know if that was going to happen when we first started. Between us we both look after the customers: Marise gives our customers the warm welcome and I get to meet them around the camping ground and carry on from there.”