New Zealand’s mountain parrot, the kea, would be in heaven if Garry Smith’s mobile home parked within its harsh, alpine environment. It’s a kea’s dream – shiny with lots of novel metal parts. And just like Garry, this home on wheels is unique and full of character.

“That’s Garry, spelt with two ‘r’s, like Larry, Barry and Harry, not one ‘r’ like Mary.” That was how Garry introduced himself to me, the first of many interesting snippets of information he shared during our conversation.

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I first saw Garry’s house-truck parked at Mapua Leisure Park over Labour Weekend and like many people, I couldn’t help but be drawn to this extraordinary home on wheels. Although not huge, its quirkiness attracts people.

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