• If you want TV reception, don’t park south of trees

Newbie Lessons

December 20th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

When Bernie and I discussed living on the road, one of our aims was to limit travel to less than two hours between each destination so that we had time to take a good look around the area at each place. Initial thoughts of an area could very well change after spending time exploring and [...]

  • What boy wouldn’t love his very own crane? Puts an entirely different slant on picking up hitchhikers… or kayaks for that matter. Dave Clark thinks about adding a weighing scale for large boar and marlin… “You’ll need to know how much they weigh Hughesey!”

Change Tack and Adapt

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Ionce sat beside a bush hut in the rain for seven days waiting on a helicopter to arrive. I’d already been there for four and a half months, through a long hard winter, trapping possums for a living, only to have my extraction delayed by huge mountain storms. My gear was all neatly packed; all [...]

  • Jemoal’s guitar’s take pride of place in the sunny interior

Turn Back Time

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Memory Lane has become a popular feature of Classic Events Motorhome Shows in recent years. It’s the home of nostalgia, enthusiasts and even a smattering of experts, who are all united in their desire to keep alive the memories of caravanning, Kiwi style. It’s the place people go to get their happy on, to plot [...]

Walk This Way

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Waiheke Walking Festival Director Denise Whitfield shakes her head. It’s just a few days since the launch of this year’s programme and more than half the walks are ‘sold’ out. Many bookings come from previous attendees; attendees, organisers and patrons, become like a family, Denise says. This year she received an email from an Australian [...]

Five Easy Eastern Bay Bike Rides

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Whakatāne riverside At under 5km long and 100 per cent flat, the Whakatāne riverside cycle and walking trail doesn’t require big legs. But this pretty, fully-paved ride is a gem, taking you along the bank of the Whakatāne River to the ocean. Park in town or near the coast. In half an hour or so [...]

Hot and Sunny Days

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Woof woof friends, it is super hot in Martinborough today as I write this. I just heard da mama booking me in for another haircut, woof woof that will be great. It is nice to be home for a while. In my last column we were a long way from home at Oakura Bay. I [...]

  • Looking for the next adventure

Life On The Road With Three Dogs

December 20th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

When we were considering living full time on the road we had a few concerns about whether our dogs would adapt. We also wondered if they’d create some challenges. However, we needn’t have worried as they have been absolutely amazing and love their new gypsy lifestyle. With lots of new places to explore, new smells, [...]


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I’ve been reviewing caravans and motorhomes since 2012, and you may already be familiar with my appreciation for the Elddis brand which I voted top-model caravan for two years running. In doing so, I thought perhaps this could be attributed to my affection for the RV Leisure team whose legendary use of humour and hospitality [...]

Make No Assumptions

December 20th, 2017|

As there is so much misinformation in the public domain concerning freedom camping, it seemed like a good idea to set the record straight. You see, across New Zealand the law states that freedom camping is permitted, except where it is not. It’s a conundrum we all have to face. To further complicate things, bylaws [...]

  • Gillespies Beach carpark and camping area

Gillespies and Galway Beaches – 
Coastal Variety

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Gillespies Beach was once a thriving, albeit short-lived, goldmining settlement. At its peak in May 1866, the township consisted of 1500 people (600 miners), 11 stores, two bakeries and two butchers. Because of the limited gold success the population dwindled to 200 people by October of the same year and just two years later only [...]

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