• Local art makes the Taipa Bridge unique

Points North

September 8th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

What a contrast! Some months after one of our more severe droughts, Northland was hit by torrential rain – up to 200ml in some places and reputed to be a once-in-500-year event. Our thoughts are with those who have experienced damage to property, stock and vehicles, and with the emergency and clean-up crews who demonstrated [...]

Double Drop-Down Delights – Review Bürstner Lyseo TD Harmony Line 745 Motorhome

September 8th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Sales at SmartRV have been pumping, as with most of the RV dealers around the country. There is no doubt owning a caravan, motorhome or RV of some type is the goal of many across the country. We checked out a couple of models, then got the keys for a test drive of this four-berth [...]

Restoring the Soul

September 8th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

When you lose your home, it’s incredibly traumatic.” These are the words of Evan Smith, Christchurch resident and spokesperson for the Avon-Ōtākaro Network (AvON), who along with over 5000 other homeowners was forced to abandon his home in the residential ‘red zone’ following the 2010/11 earthquakes. This 11km stretch of vacant land ribbons its way [...]

  • Antiques and prams abound in the main street

Winter Road Trips – RocknRobyn Chronicles

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July saw us heading off to Tauranga to catch up with RV industry players again, checking out the fabulous Cougar fifth-wheeler as featured later in these pages. Unfortunately rain followed us, so our trip was a short one. Tauranga is one of those places that makes you think ‘which way will we go’ – Paeroa-Karangahape [...]

  • Rosie - just picked up from Marty’s Panel and Paint and looking gorgeous

RnR – Rosie’s Make-Over

September 8th, 2020|Tags: , , |

Lockdown got everyone making lists; we must tidy this, paint that, plant gardens, bake or learn to cook – something. The Rock and I pondered painting the interior of Rosie (our 1998 Ford Transit four-berth ex-rental motorhome), but ordering a paint colour online was not going to work for me and with literally no tools, [...]

  • The front cab area with storage pods in the front dash, Zenec Xzent 9.5” LCD display touch-screen head unit, drink holders on both sides. Steering wheel with cruise control, head unit control paddles, easy view heating controls and manual gear stick

UK Tribute F70 MH 2-Berth Motorhome

September 8th, 2020|Tags: , , |

To give you a brief history, the UK-based manufacturer Auto-Trail Company started manufacturing motorhomes in 1982, after many years as a motor-caravan repair business. In 1984 they had a distributor established with Brownhills, a small retailer at the time but now one of the country’s biggest retailers. The ‘Navajo’ model with its squared Luton body [...]

Trout Centre teaches Youngsters the Art of Fly Fishing

September 8th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

The rapidly growing mid-North Island towns of Taupō and Turangi are well known for many things, including their stunning mountain scenery, beautiful rivers and lakes, and the wide variety of action attractions they offer, but topping the list for many – visitors and locals alike – is their world-renowned freshwater trout fishing. And for everyone [...]

  • Stafford Literary Institute stands watch over the Stafford Loop Road, now in its 150th year

From Junction to Jackson

September 8th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

Kumara Junction, 25 kilometres south of Greymouth, marks the beginning of the Glacier Highway. We swing west but don’t get far before we pull into Needful Things, a quirky treasure trove of retro, its entrance marked by a blue Morris Minor. Inside, the store is brimming a cornucopia of antiques, books, clothing and curios. With [...]

New RnR 5 – Profile 2013 Bürstner Nexxo T687

September 8th, 2020|

You won’t miss us on the road – our new RV has been graphic wrapped all over and we are looking really good. RnR 1 was our four-berth 2005 ex-Maui rental motorhome 6 months RnR 2 TrailLite gave us a treat with a 1997 model for 6 months RnR 3 Kea Dreamtime from RV Supercentre [...]

  • Back and front — VW Beetles in a row

Kombis, Pies and More

September 8th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Joc O’Donnell loves Volkswagens. And in particular she loves that icon of the Flower Power–hippy era, the Volkswagen Kombi, or Microbus if you are American. Joc (pronounced Joss as it is short for Jocelyn) and her husband Scott O’Donnell preside over the enormous, Invercargill-based conglomerate HWR, which has interests in the transport, petroleum, concrete, contracting, [...]

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