Kia Ora from Kaikōura

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Just over two years ago, on November 14, 2016, Kaikōura experienced a 7.8 (Mw) earthquake. The land rocked and rolled and creaked and groaned and the seabed was uplifted 1–5 metres along the Kaikōura coastline. The earthquake had a significant impact on the community its landscape and the local economy. The devastating quake forced the closure [...]

  • Tolaga Bay wharf under a full moon. Photo by Damon Meade

Gisborne Road Trip

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When I first arrived as an import from the South Island, ‘hybrid vigour’ my husband used to say about me. The east coast of the North Island is now my backyard, but as is so often the way, I’ve travelled the rest of New Zealand and the world before exploring my own neighbourhood. For this [...]

  • A good-sized kitchen area on the right, toilet with combined shower area and separate large wardrobe storage on the left. Curvy cupboards and ceiling line add to the cool art deco feel of this little honey

Readers Ramble Classic Caravan

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Don and Marilyn Jessen are well known on the vintage and retro caravan scene. Don’s father Tek Jessen, founded Liteweight Caravans in 1946 and went on to become New Zealand’s largest caravan manufacturer producing 14,778 caravans, and over 2700 cabins, tiny homes, motorhomes and aluminium boats. Don became interested in vintage caravans in 2003 when [...]

Woofy Woofy Xmas

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Well mama tells me this is my last column for this year and say that by the next one I will be over the hill. What! I am only seven going on eight years, but she says that is over 50 in human years, nearly as old as them. Surely not – they are grey [...]

Buying that First Motorhome

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Wendy and I have enjoyed a number of holiday homes over the years we’ve been together, including a converted Coromandel motel, a former Presbyterian Church in Albury (South Canterbury) which we adapted into a stylish, comfortable open-plan holiday home, and more recently, we tried tenting with a multi-roomed Zempire inflatable tent that we bought at [...]

Action Manufacturing

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First: CI Munro was established in 1948 in Otorohanga originally building caravans, then began building motorhomes in the 1970s. The company was purchased by Tourism Holdings (thl) in 1995 and relocated to Hamilton in 2007, expanding into a much larger factory to cope with increasing demand of rental campervans for their Maui and Britz rental [...]

Pilote Essentiel Galaxy 740C

November 11th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]