• Left to right- Johan Geertshuis (Workshop Manager) Janice Tarr (Office Manager), Ravneel Singh , Lance Murray, Harry Geertshuis (Director), Phil Beuth, Alec McKellar, Krishneel Chandra

Profile: Vantage RV – Experts in All Trades

September 10th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Since opening back in 2009, Vantage RV have been working with motorhome, caravan and off-the-grid home owners to source and provide solar power solutions and products. We checked out some of the solar powered refrigeration options, from small 80L compressor fridges up to a domestic size 165L fridge with separate 40L freezer unit. They also [...]

  • The bridge across the Viaduct lifts when a boat needs to come through, we enjoy watching this when it happens

Embracing Change – rock’n’robyn Chronicles

May 11th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Readers who follow Caspar’s Capers will know that we have relocated our lives from Martinborough to Pukekohe for a while. You will also know that a certain wee granddaughter lives here, so that is a clue as to the inevitable “why?” We are all enjoying the complete change of pace, going from a small village [...]

  • A Good times going walkies at the Viaduct in Auckland

Autumn Whirlwind

May 11th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Woof woof friends I have been so busy since my last column, I am exhausted woof. We have been visiting so many places I don’t think I can remember them all. Our new home is good, but I have only one local friend who comes up our long drive – grrrr, bit lonely that woofy [...]

  • One of MOTAT’s operational heritage trams which transport visitors between sites

Auckland’s Museum of Transport and Technology brings our Heritage Alive

March 5th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Just a word to the wise: when considering a visit to MOTAT (and you should) don’t attempt to go there on a weekend when everyone else in Auckland has the same idea. MOTAT is set on 40 acres of land at the popular Western Springs Park – a destination in itself. It’s adjacent to Auckland [...]

  • Model ships trace the history of naval vessels

Torpedo Bay Navy Museum

November 11th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

Who knew that a string of mines once stretched across Auckland Harbour to protect the city from invasion? I certainly did not. This startling gem was just one of the facts imparted during the time it took to enjoy a cup of coffee with Jane Cotty, Communications Manager for the National Museum of the Royal [...]

  • Devonport Museum is housed in a re-sited church building adjacent to Mount Cambria reserve off Vauxhall Road

Behind the Scenes at the Museum(s)

September 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

Behind every small museum across the country is an army of talented volunteers contributing to the national heritage through the protection and promotion of images, artefacts and taonga in their care. I was reminded of this when I visited two very different museums at Devonport recently: Devonport Historic Museum and Torpedo Bay Navy Museum. At [...]

Island Time

February 28th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Waiheke Island has been my home for more than 25 years. It’s a gem of a place and one that’s only just being discovered by RV travellers. The island has abundant attractions and is definitely one to add to the bucket list. However, the main reason few RVers visit this beautiful, accessible haven is because [...]

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

A Fine Romance

October 27th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 [...]

  • Picnic spots can easily be found on the picturesque peninsula

Sanctuary for the Soul

September 5th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

  • Goats once lived on Goat Island

A Sanctuary for Marine Life

June 25th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

One-and-a-half hours north of Auckland on the East Coast near Leigh is an area rich with snapper swimming among seaweed forests, anemones and sponges. The thriving underwater world at Goat Island has been protected since the creation of New Zealand’s first marine reserve in 1975. The idea of protecting unique areas of coastline with marine [...]