• Lloyd and Joan play a duet on Ignacy Paderewski’s 1897 Bechstein brought to New Zealand in 1904

A Fine Romance

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L loyd and Joan Whittaker met at the local photographer’s studio when Lloyd was just 16 and his bride-to-be was 19 years old. He recalls that Joan was wearing a tartan dress and that she alone was sufficient reason for him to begin working there. They were united by a love of photography but bound [...]

A Feast for your Senses – Whakatāne’s Ngā Tapuwae o Toi walkway

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Today I aim to tackle the full 16-kilometre loop of the Ngā Tapuwae o Toi walkway that takes you from Whakatāne to Ōhope beach and back again. Many opt to walk portions of the track but I’m feeling confident that, fuelled with a breakfast crêpe from delightful French café l’Epicerie, I’ll take the whole length [...]

  • Paddling inside a sea cave delivers a new perspective

Quietly over the Water

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You can see the green-blue silhouette of Moutohorā/Whale Island from all along the coast of the eastern Bay of Plenty. Nine kilometres offshore, it’s a much-loved icon. That distance used to be about as close as most people could get to Moutohorā, but no longer. White Island Tours now cruises to the island for a [...]

Camper Chameleon

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There was excitement at the station as the word was passed around, the boss had done a recce and this is what he’d found… Apologies to Banjo Paterson for my rehash of the old favourite, but it does sum up the excitement expressed when the boss returned to the RV Lifestyle stand after seeing the [...]

Future Voyager

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The first thing you notice when entering the Swift Voyager 694 is the long view through an uncluttered lounge area to the bedroom discreetly tucked away to the rear of the vehicle. This is sure to be a big plus for Kiwi buyers, for whom this feature is often at the top of their shopping [...]

Sunshine on the Inside

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When I stopped off to review the Sunliner Monaco motorhome, a nasty downpour had just begun and a gale was whipping up out of nowhere. Everyone outside the arena was suddenly scrambling to secure brochures and awnings. However, inside the Monaco, there was a sense of calm; a feeling of uncluttered space and quiet luxury. [...]

  • The Team – enjoying the scenery and new smells

Pets on Holiday

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Going on holiday is a time to toss your worries aside, relax and unwind. However, having to leave your loyal canine companion(s) behind may cause the exact opposite; feelings of anxiety and stress can develop (for you and the pets). But the good news is, holidaying with pets is achievable and lots of people are [...]

Hastings – Heart of Art in Hawkes Bay

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Long before we reached Hastings we couldn’t fail to notice the number of cyclists whizzing along the proliferation of trails adjacent to the state highway. Hawkes Bay has really geared up for cycling as a leisure activity. It has more than 200km of mainly limestone trails not just near the highway but with loops and [...]

  • The Profila RS 660 HB display at the Classic Events Motorhome Show

Space Ship

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When it comes to vehicle reviews I am a fan of first impressions backed up by a long sit down and a good look around. This is all very well in theory, but it seems I am not the only one with this preference. At show time everyone else seems to have the same idea. [...]


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Dora is a 1976 Sprite caravan, proudly owned by Deidre O’Flynn (Dee). And she has every reason to be proud – she renovated this pocket-sized camper herself. Dee is proof that gender and age are no barriers when chasing your dreams. Dee set a goal to own a caravan and go camping before reaching 70. [...]

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