We’d heard many positive comments about a place called ‘Peskis.’ We were heading south so decided to stop at this NZMCA (#7879) site just south of Geraldine.
As we hadn’t been there before we decided to take the ute to check it out first, (just to be sure we’d get in). At first glance it was plain to see why it had such a great reputation. There was loads of space, it was beautifully landscaped and Dave Fisher (the owner) who met us was friendly and obliging. And having three dogs wasn’t a problem - they were warmly welcomed just as we were.
It was touch and go squeezing through the front gates, all up (truck + rig) we’re 17 metres and Bernie may have taken the entrance a tad too early. However we got in and parked up with gorgeous garden views from each window.
We were cheerfully greeted by Tui – a very cute, petite, inquisitive and friendly poodle. Dave and Sue inherited Tui, when they bought the property a year ago. It’s pretty obvious that Tui’s very happy and loved to bits.
That afternoon Sue (Dave’s wife) invited us to join her and other campers for a drink. Dave was working night shift driving milk tankers so couldn’t be there. It’s amazing when you sit down to chat with people you’ve never met before how many connections are made with people you both know.
We decided to leave exploring the grounds until the next day – the forecast promised sunshine.
The following day was a scorcher, sunny, blue skies and no wind. We wandered along the walking track through the bush to the river. The dogs loved it – new smells and a dip in the water to cool off.
|Path leading through the bush to the riverbank.|
Oodles of room to park.
I called into ‘Peskis Lodge’ after the walk. It’s a dinky, little shed on Dave and Sue’s property with a good selection of books and magazines and numerous pamphlets suggesting things to do around the area. There’s also a microwave, a kitchen bench & sink and washing machine.
The mature trees on the grounds, immaculate lawns and well-kept flower gardens (with peonies, roses, daisies, pansies and more) are a reflection of the hours of work Sue and Dave put in. As NZMCA members we’re very fortunate to have the opportunity to stay here.
|Morning dew on the peonies.|
If you’re traveling in the area and looking for a place to stay near Geraldine, then ‘Peskis’ is the perfect place.
- · Pet Friendly
- · $15 per night per van on power
- · $5 per night/person for non-power
- · $2 to use shower, washing machine and dump station (cassette only).
- · Free water supply
- · Removal of recyclable rubbish.