• Creating Disneyland in Whitianga: How one man's ‘mad' search for the lost spring of Taputapuatea paid off

    5 days ago - By NZ Life & Leisure

    Most people avoid getting into hot water, but the creator of a Coromandel resort spent two decades, and many millions of dollars, drilling for it. Words: Nicola Martin Photos: Tessa Chrisp “From passion to madness,” suggests Alan Hopping imagining the title for a book, should one ever be written about his life. In 1983, the then-Karaka dairy farmer sold his land to purchase a holiday camp one street back from Whitianga's Buffalo Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula. Alan was an unlikely candidate to run a holiday camp despite his determination to do so. He is the eldest of five siblings from...
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