Pilote Essentiel Galaxy 740C

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As we wind into summer, the 2019 models coming from the UK and Europe will be exciting arrivals for new owners waiting for them to reach their dealers. Those who have been waiting for something new to tempt them, might need to get out there and go shopping now. Classy models like the French Pilote [...]

Perfection on the TranzAlpine

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The conversation behind me made my Kiwi heart swell with pride, especially when I detected the broad Aussie accents of the middle-aged couple. “I never expected the trip to be quite so spectacular,” the woman said. “Bloody bonzer,” was the reply from her husband. We were disembarking from the TranzAlpine train in Greymouth after a [...]

Bailey UK Celebrates 70 Years

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In the last issue (RV72) we reviewed the latest arrival at Bailey New Zealand, the first of the 2018 Bailey Autograph motorhome range for this country. The second model, the Bailey Advance, is arriving at dealers around the country thru November and December this year, giving a range of floor plans in both models from [...]

  • Above: The quaint Ohakune Railway Station which is still in use Left: On the old viaduct and appreciating the new one beyond

A Great Ride – A Ride in the Park

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So it was that on a cool autumn day my wife and I headed to the centre of the North Island. We were conscious of an ex-tropical weather system that was bearing down on the region, threatening to thwart our plan. Our plan was to have an easy ride together on day one, riding the [...]

  • Bronze statue of a mare and her foal outside the Town Hall in Cambridge was unveiled in March 2004

Cambridge Connections

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Cambridge is way more than a one-horse town. As the centre of New Zealand’s equine industry, the Waikato town is surrounded by prosperous-looking stud farms, a number of training tracks and arenas, and the Cambridge raceway. There’s a life-size sculpture of a mare and foal outside the town hall, and the town’s pavements feature an [...]

Classic 1957 Starliner Starlette

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This year’s spring show was picture perfect, weather wise, and the kind folks who arrived with their restored, or in some cases totally rebuilt, classic caravans – some with colour-matched classic tow cars – enjoyed setting up a classic camping scene where they kicked back and allowed visitors the pleasure of seeing their caravans and [...]

  • The slide-out gives a lot of interior space for the dining-entertainment-kitchen areas in the middle of the caravan

I-Spy Adria

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A newcomer spotted at both the July and September motorhome shows was the Adria brand of motorhomes and caravans. These models are built in Slovenia, but to Australian and New Zealand specifications to meet the challenges of the different road and usage conditions in these countries. They involve a thicker chassis spec’, habitation door on [...]

Camping or Glamping?

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The weather is stunning in Martinborough – hot 26-degree days over Labour Weekend – and today Masterton began water restrictions for residents. I expect Martinborough will follow suit, as we suck our water from the same river source, though I believe that we also have access to bore water. Makes you want to get outdoors [...]

  • Watching Pete play with the ball, I wasn’t allowed to join in, it looked like great fun

Are We Home Yet?

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Woof woof, it is good to be home. I have been relaxing under a tree today watching uncle Pete throwing the red ball around with lots of other people. They are hitting it and catching it and having great fun running around the big grass paddock, but I got grrrowled at when I got woofy’xcited [...]

  • Model ships trace the history of naval vessels

Torpedo Bay Navy Museum

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Who knew that a string of mines once stretched across Auckland Harbour to protect the city from invasion? I certainly did not. This startling gem was just one of the facts imparted during the time it took to enjoy a cup of coffee with Jane Cotty, Communications Manager for the National Museum of the Royal [...]