Campground update

Meet Shayne Lukis – Campground Manager

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Te Mana has been managing the campground at Tapahoro on behalf of DOC for a number of years. The reserve is at the eastern end of Lake Tarawera and is a place of historical significance for Ngāti Rangitihi.

Shayne Lukis was recently appointed as the new Campground Manager at Tapahoro, following on from Brice Brown. Shayne, who lives on site year-round, was born and bred in Rotorua and has been working as a security contractor at Tarawera Forest for the past nine years.

We caught up with Shayne to see how things were going at the campground and what his biggest challenges have been so far.

“Although I find the position very similar to my previous jobs, it has been quite exciting working with the groups at the grounds, who have all been amazing. This aspect has proven to be a bit of a learning curve, but I feel like I have taken it in my stride,” says Shayne.

Shayne is responsible for security at the grounds, which means he has quite a job looking after everything – making sure visitors are happy and looking out for any security risks or illegal entries.

We encourage you to experience the campground, which was once a long-term residence of our iwi and is now a vital part of our heritage. There are 50 campsites available on a first-come, first-served basis.