• It was hard to stay in the motorhome sometimes and wait, but it was okay if there were lots of new things to look at

Pets – Caspar Capers

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Hi there, woof woof I couldn’t believe it when da mama said it was time to write to my friends for the magazine, I have been so woof woof busy travelling and having fun I don’t know where to start – it seems like we’ve been away in the motorhome for ages. We had friends [...]

  • Park up at the beach, throw the doors wide open and enjoy an afternoon siesta in style

Carthago Malibu

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The Malibu is built in Germany by Carthago, the largest independently owned motorhome manufacturer in Europe and still run by founder Karl-Heinz Schuler who started the company 35 years ago. They have a real eye for quality and detail, and because they are a small family company they have the flexibility to be able to [...]

Project Build – Fit for a Mountain Man

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The guy standing in front of me has just called me a liar. Obviously this may not go so well. A quick check shows my pants aren’t on fire, so I press on. “Yeah-nah. It was about four years ago mate. I came and talked to you about painting my Mog so I could build [...]

Capacious Camper Caravan

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A lot of travel in the last few weeks saw us stopping in Taupo to catch up with Brent Thurlow from Central RV to view one of the latest model caravans that had arrived, the German-built Dethleffs Camper 740RFK seven-berth caravan, with two separate lounge spaces. It was a wet day unfortunately so we only [...]

  • A new fifth-wheel vehicle on our roads, the Dreamseeker from Wales – certainly a new modern unit with lots to offer owners

A Welsh Fifth-Wheeler Arrives in Town

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On our recent trip to Christchurch for the Outdoor and Motorhome show held in July, we spotted a new player in the fifth-wheeler market, the Dreamseeker model built in Wales. We chatted briefly with the importer, Keith McIver from the Fifth Wheel Company in Christchurch, who was very busy with show visitors eager to check [...]

  • Garry Smith’s house-truck ‘Hoam’

A Labour of Love and Kiwi Ingenuity

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New Zealand’s mountain parrot, the kea, would be in heaven if Garry Smith’s mobile home parked within its harsh, alpine environment. It’s a kea’s dream – shiny with lots of novel metal parts. And just like Garry, this home on wheels is unique and full of character. “That’s Garry, spelt with two ‘r’s, like Larry, [...]

  • The very friendly hut tomtit. The DOC sign is one of his favourite perches

Native Birds and a New Zealand Great Walk

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If you’re keen on experiencing a New Zealand Great Walk but don’t have the time or perhaps the fitness to complete the whole journey, the eastern Glenorchy end of the Routeburn track provides the opportunity for a very pleasant and relatively easy day walk. Depending on how fast you like to walk and how many [...]

  • Picnic spots can easily be found on the picturesque peninsula

Sanctuary for the Soul

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For many kiwi families life is a beach in the summertime. Camping at the beach is an institution, as beloved as pavlova, buzzy bees and gumboots, and most find the draw of sun, sea, surf and sand just too hard to resist. Among Auckland’s northern park beaches, one stands out for me as a place [...]

  • Cyclists riding alongside Lake Pukaki on a perfect day. Photo by Miles Holden

E-bike and Hiking – The Lake Tekapo-Pukaki-Ohau-Hooker Valley Trails

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I’ve never understood the obsession with fly fishing – fruitless hours flailing the water with a feathery thing on the end of a piece of flimsy nylon – but seeing the look of sheer exultation on my husband’s face when he landed a rainbow trout helped me grasp what a thrill it is to hook [...]

  • Tokaanu Thermal Walk is a pleasant 20-minute ramble

Central Plateau – Tokaanu’s Happy Hot Spot

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It’s surprising how satisfying a close-up view of pulsating mud, punctuated by gurgling and plopping sounds, can be. A rain shower had just passed over and rising mist from a dozen fizzing, simmering hot pools created an atmospheric, ethereal scene that seemed to swallow me up. The walk I’m on is short but stunning, with [...]

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