One man’s dream led to a holiday spot

Basil Bodle was written off as crazy for his desire to turn Riversdale Beach into a resort area on the Wairarapa coast.

His  initial vision, when he started in 1954, was ridiculed and he was even called a lunatic by some.

But when the project finally gained traction there was no shortage of people trying to lay claim to being a part of its establishment.

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Riversdale from the air.

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