• What’s that secret you’re keeping?

Timber Town – Waimiha Ruapehu District

November 9th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

When Allan Dick was here in 2009 (he’s been everywhere, man!), he called this mill a time capsule and “one of the most remarkable places in New Zealand”. It’s also our heritage. New Zealand was virtually built on timber, mutton and minerals, and the Endean/Ottaway sawmill near Waimiha typifies the way a mill town would [...]

  • The Hangatahua Stony River rushes by the Blue Rātā Reserve

Hangatahua Taranaki Travel – Sacred River

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The Hangatahua (Stony) River has always been a special river to the people of Taranaki. The river is referred to in Māori mythology with the arrival of Mt Taranaki and is commonly regarded as the most sacred river in Taranaki. I remember summers in the seventies and eighties, returning from surf trips and stopping at [...]

  • The extra-large Sky-roof panoramic window and large side- and nose windows make this area so light and offer incredible views when parked up – just what you want to see. This area also makes up into a large bed

Hot off the Boat – Adria Adora Caravans

November 9th, 2019|Tags: , , |

Newly arrived at Country RV in Mt Maunganui are the new range of Adria Adora caravans from the UK, offering models to suit families wanting bunk beds for kids, or couples wanting single beds for themselves. Rob Axton at Country RV tells us these models will tick the boxes for many buyers. Adria is a [...]

  • Designed for those who want two single beds, but providing the option to pull out the extension and realign the area to a large double. Storage underneath, and overhead with lockers and shelving options

Dethleffs Globeline Profile

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Classy motorhomes are a speciality for Zion Motorhomes, who operate from their equally classy sales centre in Pōkeno south of Auckland. If you attend motorhome shows you will know what we mean about classy. Jonas Ng at Zion is the authorised distributor in New Zealand for some of the best quality German-built RV brands on [...]

  • Motupipi Hill in Takaka, where conservation coexists with recreation on a series of unique cycle trails (Alistair Hughes)

The Motupipi Hill Cycle Trail

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Golden Bay, in the Nelson Tasman region, is a remarkably beautiful part of New Zealand. The area has long offered rich opportunities for tramping, rock climbing, sailing, kayaking, caving – a vast range of outdoor activities to be enjoyed within a stunning natural setting. All were catered for bar one notable exception, one that has [...]

  • On the kerb side we see the large awning, grab hand rail at the entry door, storage and service openings along the side. Up high on its galvanised twin-axle chassis. Stone guard and window cover over the front. I like the flashing over the front window – excellent for keeping water away from windows as well as hiding the window cover fixtures

I-SPY Leisure Line Freedom Off-Roader

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Well-known caravan manufacturers Leisure Line in Hamilton are constantly meeting the latest trends in design, listening to their customers and trying new ideas. We have seen already this over the last few years with the Leisure Line Hi Rider that did away with the wheel arch in the layout design of the Platinum models. They [...]

I-Spy – Dethleffs Nomad Caravan – The Reinvention of a Classic

November 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

From the outside, the true extent of the redesign of the popular Dethleffs Nomad series is hard to gauge as the caravan’s proven shape has been preserved, apart from the inclusion of a new rear moulding with integrated lighting, lateral chrome trim and chrome manoeuvring handles (identical to the rear of Dethleffs’ top-of-the-line Exclusiv range). [...]

  • Tram stop at the Aviation Collection

North Island RV Roadie – Year 2 Part I

November 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

It was just over a year ago that I decided to give the RV lifestyle a try, and contrary to the dire predictions of several mates, I found that I enjoyed every moment of it. Well, almost every moment. So sure were my friends that I would probably only tolerate it for little more than [...]

  • View looking south across Grovetown lagoon and boardwalk

Grovetown Lagoon An Oxbow Lake With Abundant Bird Life

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Provincial, small-town New Zealand folk are well known for ‘coming together’ to achieve common goals especially when those end objectives benefit the community as a whole. Natural habitat restoration projects are particularly good examples of this community spirit with the end result seeing improvements in the quality of natural environments and subsequently creating better habitats [...]

Stunning Mountain Vistas on the Ride to Welcome Rock.

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I was welcomed to Welcome Rock long before the trail of the same name appeared on the high-country hills behind Garston. It just so happened several years ago that our neighbour was the sister of the station owner, and she invited me to their farm after I returned from overseas cycling adventures. I soon learnt [...]