Magic Talk

March 17th, 2020|

https://rvmagazine.co.nz/magic_talk.mp3

  • The former Mananui sawmill is full of rusty relics

West Coast Wilderness Trail – Fossicking in the Wilderness

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I became officially designated a fool in a town called Ross. You see a few days earlier I had travelled up the coast with a riding mate on our way to the official opening of the Paparoa Track. Given the long journey from the Deep South, we decided to break up the road trip and [...]

  • Tony shapes the wood with traditional tools, passed down to him by his mentor (Photo: Lana Taylor)

The Trug Maker Takaka – Carrying on a Tradition

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Trug maker Tony Hitchcock is a survivor of a critically endangered species. According to the Heritage Crafts Association (of which The Prince of Wales is president), the Golden Bay artisan woodworker practises an ancient craft in danger of dying out in England, its country of origin. Trugs are traditional shallow baskets made from shaped slats [...]

  • Roundabout sculptures based on fungus

Titirangi – Beyond the Bright Lights

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Although media reports led us to believe that Titirangi was overrun by marauding gangs of rats, some as big as small cats, others the size of cocker spaniels and probably by now as large as your average German Shepherd, we didn’t see a single rat at all. Well that’s not quite true. At Titirangi’s monthly [...]

  • Heading off into the wilderness, leaving civilisation behind

Cycle + walk trails – St James Cycle Trail

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I had been looking forward to this trip for some time – a true ‘out of the way’ ride with stunning backcountry scenery – although I admit I had some apprehension. While the trail is near to Hanmer Springs, I would be cycling alone at altitude, away from roads, with no mobile coverage, rivers to [...]

  • The dining carriage has seating for those that want to sit there

Coastal Pacific – RV, Rail and Runways

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When we organised our recent trip to Christchurch, our plan was to drive to Wellington via Napier and Martinborough, ferry to Picton, then drive to Blackball, visit Greymouth, and then head to Christchurch via Arthur’s Pass to deliver the Dethleffs Distinction Trend motorhome to UCC. For the return journey we had the option of either [...]

  • Getting the Kaikōura road reopened was a huge job — but there’s still a lot of work to do and stops are frequent. However, the essential character of the drive remains

Picton to Kaikōura

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When I awoke to splendid sunshine after a sound night’s sleep at the Aussie Bay DOC camp in the Marlborough Sounds, I was feeling pretty excited by the prospects of my first drive down the Kaikōura Coast since the earthquake. My first experience of this revered stretch of our country was in late 1949 when [...]

  • Te Rewa Rewa bridge opens towards the sacred Taranaki Maunga

Cycle + Walk Trails New Plymouth Taranaki – a Coastal Embrace

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The crackling sounds of breaking waves pierce the crisp winter morning air as I amble down to the start of the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway near the Lee Breakwater. The clear blue sea stretches out to the horizon where it meets the soft powder-blue sky. The Power Station chimney towers over a container ship berthed [...]

  • Jonas Ng from Zion Motorhomes, relaxing enjoying the Waikato river views while we climbed in and out of the MORELO discovering all it has to offer

Morelo Palace 93MB Review

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I don’t have a Class 2 licence, nor does the Rock, so I jumped in with Jonas and we headed to the Tuakau Bridge to take a few photos of the beast. First, lets take a look at the Morelo’s technical details. Cab Chassis and Construction The IVECO cab chassis is substantial and incorporates all [...]

Le Voyageur 8.5CL Review

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We caught up with Laura and Brett from DeLuxe RV Group in Blenheim recently. They are a premier supplier and seller of caravans, motorhomes and RVs in New Zealand, dealing in prominent brands such as Bailey, Pilote and Le Voyageur, with sub-agents in Levin and Mt Maunganui carrying their Pilote brands. They pride themselves on [...]

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