• Seating for four, possibly more, adjustable height table for the second berth, swivel cab seats are so handy

Global Gadabout

May 5th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

You will note from the above that this review of a Globebus T7 ex-rental vehicle comes with the prefix McRent. You may never have heard of the name. So what exactly is McRent, and how has the brand entered the New Zealand motorhome market? McRent is the largest motorhome rental company in Europe. And just [...]

  • External view of the Olantas 531

Double The Fun

May 5th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Olantas 531 is a new addition to the Olantas series of Sunliner motorhomes. It was launched in time for the Victoria Caravan and Camping Show earlier this year, and stock was secured by the New Zealand dealership, Road Life, just in time for our Covi SuperShow in March. What sets the Olantas series apart [...]

  • Chemicals produce a vivid emerald sludge in the thermal stream

A Thermal Extravaganza

May 5th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I’m standing on the café terrace at Waimangu Volcanic Valley looking over a steaming, seething, geothermal landscape under the menacing bulk of Mt Tarawera and might well be on an alien planet. Remarkably, before that fateful day of June 10, 1886 when Tarawera erupted, this entire scene comprised rolling hills softened by a gentle cloak of [...]

  • The flip-top table seats eight for a 
banquette du jour

Ooh La Lah Luxury-Liner

May 4th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

Knowing the all-new Le Voyageur was going to be introduced to the public at the Covi Supershow, I had done my homework and checked out the beautiful behemoth online. Ooh la la! I liked what I saw, and felt as if la belle époque of Kiwi motoring had finally arrived on our shores. But nothing [...]

  • A waka shed next to the marae houses two canoes

Looking Back To See The Way Forward

May 4th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

It’s fitting that I sit down on Waitangi Day to write about a recent visit to Okains Bay. The only thing that would be more fitting is if I were actually there for this day, as each year I intend to be, but somehow life gets in the way. The celebrations at the tiny village [...]

  • Tony Wood – a keen angler who conceived a way to help restore declining fish stocks

The One That Got Away

May 4th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

When I first checked in on a group of keen Hauraki Gulf ‘fishos’ it was day one of the 2017–18 fishing season. The boys were already out on the water hoping to catch the big one and rack up a trophy. Later that day there would be the obligatory bragging on social media, but there [...]

  • A recently installed underbench ‘fridge is cleverly camouflaged

Lilliput 12´ 6˝ Vintage Caravan

May 4th, 2018|Tags: , , |

It could be said that vintage-caravan owners John and Pauline Murray like the look of a Lilliput. After all, they have owned two of these unbelievably cute and coveted little Kiwi caravans. And having secured a very rare 12΄ 6˝ model this time around, they have no plans to sell. John and Pauline are camping [...]

  • For those who venture up in an RV, buckle in for the ride – it is not for the faint hearted, and not recommended for caravans or larger vehicles 
Ben Ohau across the lake

The Outer Fringes of the Kingdom of Waitaki

May 4th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

With the temperature hovering in the mid-20s, the Navigator and I decided to head up-country for a night under the stars. Six months ago, we had camped on the shores of Lake Ohau in the Ruataniwha Conservation Park in company with a reasonably senior DOC field worker. Naturally, the issue of ‘Freedom Camping’ came into [...]

  • Light colours throughout keep the interior light and modern. Large windows make for wonderful indoor outdoor flow

Built for Downunder

May 4th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

We might be the nation known for number-eight-wire ingenuity, but people in the RV industry know that Kiwis can also be conservative about embracing new brands; we tend to stick to the tried and true. This may be one reason that Jayco has become a household name. Jayco is a brand that has lasted the [...]

  • View from the old lighthouse of the entrance to Manukau Harbour with its tricky sandbar

Tripping Down Memory Lane

May 4th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

For my annual holiday in New Zealand, this year I decided that I needed to seek a new challenge and change my approach to travelling about the country. Part of my agenda has always been to attend the motor races starting at Hampton Downs in early January and progressively travel south week by week until [...]

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