Dethleffs Caravan – The Genius of Twin Single Beds

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Hot off the boat, the latest 2019 models from Germany include an increased number of twin single bed layouts due to rising demand. For 2019, more stock of Dethleffs’ popular twin single-bed layouts will be available, as demand has continued to increase year-on-year. The Dethleffs Exclusiv 650RET and the equally popular Nomad 560RET both feature [...]

  • Te Hoho Rock framed by Cathedral Arch at Cathedral Cove. Photo by The Coromandel – thecoromandel.com

Confessions of a One-Eyed, Biased South Islander

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I’m the first to admit I’m a one-eyed, blinkered, biased South Islander whose magnetic centre is Central Otago, where I holidayed as a child, but a recent road trip around the Coromandel Peninsula forced me to concede that certain parts of the North Island actually do stack up against ‘my’ peaks, lakes and rivers. In [...]

  • A full oven with storage underneath, four-burner hob on top with glass cover as well as a bench cover that is level with the main bench. Utility drawer and cupboards under the sink

Divine Pegasus

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Just before we went to print, the latest in the UK Bailey caravans arrived in Auckland, and we took the opportunity to check out the latest layouts and first of the extra-wide 2450mm bodies. This model – the four-berth Grande Bologna – has a fixed island bed, rear bathroom, spacious lounge with the new G-shaped [...]

Spotlight Everland R705

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In the last issue (74) of this magazine we looked at the new motorhome being developed by Action Manufacturing in Albany. This company has built over 15,000 motorhomes over the last 20+ years for the New Zealand and Australian rental markets, and their experience has resulted in the production of vehicles with greater durability and [...]

  • Gisborne from a lookout on Titirangi-Kaiti Hill. Photo by Damon Meade

What to See and Do in Gisborne

December 12th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Gisborne, the most easterly city in the world, is the first city on the planet to see the light of each new day; it’s where Māori landed their voyaging waka (canoes) in the 14th century after navigating across the Pacific Ocean; it’s home to Millton Vineyards and Winery, the first producer in New Zealand to [...]

Whakatane to Opotiki

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Ride the Dunes Trail section of Motu Trails Six years after it was opened, the Motu Trails (motutrails.co.nz) has become one of the highlight visitor attractions of the eastern Bay of Plenty/Tairāwhiti regions. There is a range of levels to choose from, with Ōpōtiki’s Dunes Trail at the easy end. Even so, the popular 9km [...]

  • Waipu Caves

Waipu – Highland at Heart

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Planning on visiting Waipu? What better way to begin a New Year than to experience the sights and sounds of the traditional Waipu Highland Games with clans, kilts and cabers, pipe bands and bagpipes, sports, stalls and Scottish dancing! Each New Year’s Day Waipu celebrates its Scottish and Nova Scotian heritage, as it has done [...]

‘KISS’ Towing Rules

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When faced with something to tow – whether it’s a small trailer full of rubbish or a multi-axle caravan, boat or horse trailer – it’s tempting to assume that the tow vehicle can take the load okay. Just hitch it on and head down the road full of typical Kiwi ‘she’ll be right’ confidence. Trouble [...]

  • Clare embraces the morning at Lake Rotorua

In Hot Water

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When I dived into the lake I passed through a patch of hot water. “Ouch.” Seconds later the water cooled, and my head was relieved to feel the cooling sensation it craved after a hot 16-kilometre walk around the shore of Lake Tarawera. Hot Water Beach, true to its name, producing scalding hot water in [...]

  • The coast section is a real stunner (credit: TBS Photography)

Remutaka Cycle Trail – A Great Ride

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I begin my cycle mission on the foreshore at Petone – the official start of the Remutaka Cycle Trail. With my GPS units set to record every second of my experience so I can continue building the Great Rides App, I’m away. The sky is blue and there is a little chop on the harbour [...]