• Cornish pumphouse – a well-photographed building

Windows into Waihi

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It takes about 2.5 hours to hike the steep mountain track to the summit of Mount Karangahake from the carpark. It took me a little more than that, sweating and grumbling, but the view from the peak was worth it, and at least I can now look up from the road and say I’ve been [...]

  • Tiny homes are not new, this one sits in a paddock in the Catlins and when this photo was taken someone was still living in it

Tiny Houses – Are They The Answer To Our Housing Woes?

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Caravan and motorhome enthusiast Steve Lane is a regular writer about the New Zealand industry - in this issue he ponders the role and influence of tiny houses on the NZ scene. Steve currently runs Kea Cabins in Auckland and surrounding areas, offering trailered accommodation units for rental and sales. I love tiny homes, or [...]

  • The Royal Albatross Centre also offers tours of Pilots Beach, home to a colony of Little Blue Penguins. During the tour, visitors have the ability to get up close with the world’s smallest penguins via a state-of-the-art viewing platform.

Royal Colony: The War Between Conservation and Climate Change

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DUNEDIN – Tourists from all over the world jostle for position along the windows of the observatory, eager to glimpse the nesting royal albatross chicks just a few dozen metres away. Four chicks, plump and fluffy, sit oblivious to the sensation they have caused. For many of those visiting the Royal Albatross Centre, this is [...]

  • The drawing roof where guests meet for canapes and cocktails pre dinner at Wharekauhau

Luxury to ludicrous – and The Rock gets banned!

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Here we are in midwinter, snow has blanketed all the ski fields and more, but at least the rain has stopped for the moment. We ended our last column in Whangarei - a walk along the city waterway for us all, lunch at one of the many very good restaurants on offer, and then it [...]

  • The beauty of the landscape is a real highlight of the trail (OCRTM and Tim Hawkins)

The Granddaddy of Greatness

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Ask any kiwi cyclist what they know about the Great Rides and they will inevitably refer to the Otago Central Rail Trail. It’s already legendary. As I prepared to travel to Central Otago I pondered the notion of whether this trail had earned its status simply due to being the first of the cycle trails, [...]

Ready to Roll – Merit RV Swift Voyager

July 8th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

My first impression of the new Swift Voyager 664 was that this was a vehicle designed with quick getaways in mind. Not only is it compact – coming in at less than seven metres in length – it’s also packing a permanent bed among the many features on offer. I felt as if this was [...]

Last of the Summer Wine

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It’s five days before the Mangonui waterfront festival, and there’s a hole in the road just north of the venue. Well, to be accurate, big tides have underscored the footpath and part of the road, and repairs are underway. Obviously, repairs to a tidal area are tide-dependent, especially when using heavy machinery, and it’s not [...]

  • The rear area bed set up takes just a minute or two, the TV is in the perfect viewing position for this area

Slick Shift – Leisureline Autohaus 2 berth Review

July 8th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

With a nod to the European vehicles that have no doubt inspired it, the AutoHaus from Leisure Line is a welcome addition to the options local buyers have for a multi-functional, go anywhere RV. I’m a huge fan of vehicles that are as at-home in the country as they are in the city, and I’ve [...]

  • The famous Bluff signpost

Race track RV Roadie

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Howden Ganley is a Kiwi, an ex-Formula One and Formula 5000 motor racing driver of some repute, and is also a regular contributor to NZ Classic Driver magazine. Howden joined the RV movement when on holiday in New Zealand recently, travelling from Auckland to Invercargill on his first RV tour of New Zealand, weaving between [...]

  • Entrance to the Labyrinth Rocks Park

A Cave, a Waterfall and a Labyrinth

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There is a neat story behind how the Labyrinth Rocks Park became what it is today. Many years ago the late Dave Whittaker, a former geologist and mining engineer, realised the uniqueness of the area and leased the land off the local council. With a lot of hard work and dedication, he opened up the [...]

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