• A good-sized kitchen area on the right, toilet with combined shower area and separate large wardrobe storage on the left. Curvy cupboards and ceiling line add to the cool art deco feel of this little honey

Readers Ramble Classic Caravan

December 12th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Don and Marilyn Jessen are well known on the vintage and retro caravan scene. Don’s father Tek Jessen, founded Liteweight Caravans in 1946 and went on to become New Zealand’s largest caravan manufacturer producing 14,778 caravans, and over 2700 cabins, tiny homes, motorhomes and aluminium boats. Don became interested in vintage caravans in 2003 when [...]

  • Kaikoura - with a sunrise like this over the ocean you can see why this area is so captivating

Who Said Roadie?

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

November is here in all its glory. It’s a lovely warm sunny day in Martinborough as I write this. We’ve had a seriously busy couple of months, and travelled over 2500km in just two weeks at one stage, because we could – that’s living the RV lifestyle, LOL. At the end of the last Chronicles [...]

  • The Roller Team Pegaso is a 7400mm length, fully integrated model on the Fiat 150bhp 2.3L diesel with 6-speed Comfortmatic transmission

Italian Pegaso Wows Crowds in Christchurch

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

The latest arrival at Nationwide RV around the country is the latest and greatest from Italian manufacturer Roller Team, the Pegaso 740 A-Class motorhome. Having the habitation entry door on the left passenger side of the vehicle will tick the box for many Kiwi purchasers; we do like the convenience of the door being on [...]

  • A home on wheels, plenty of storage lockers, the 6m awning comes standard, dual wheels and large storage boot at the rear

Fabulous Frankia

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

A stop in Pokeno recently gave me the opportunity to check out the new Zion Motorhomes Sales and Service site, and meet Jonas Ng on-site just in time to watch the best of the best of his Morelo, Frankia and Dethleffs motorhomes being driven in and positioned in the new purpose-built showroom. It was very [...]

Bailey – Safe and Sensible in a Sexy Package

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

We announced in our RV Lifestyle Express newsletter in March that Bailey NZ had the first of the Bailey motorhomes arriving in the country. Prior to this Bailey NZ had only imported the UK-built Bailey caravans under their distributorship agreement and many readers will be familiar with the brand for this reason. They also distribute [...]

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

Luxury to ludicrous – and The Rock gets banned!

July 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

  • Happy hour under the electric awning

Tick All The Boxes

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

It’s not a brand that we are familiar with in this part of the world, but all of that is soon to change with the planned introduction of the Niesmann+Bischoff range to New Zealand. This all came about when a Kiwi couple – Travellers by name and nature – saw the vehicle of their dreams [...]

Built Aussie Tough

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

Built for the rough and tumble of Australian travel, the latest Winnebago Australia motorhome and campervan range have landed in New Zealand, ready for summer sales and for the Covi Motorhome and Caravan Supershow in Auckland in mid-March. The New Zealand agents for the Winnebago range are the DeLuxe Group in Blenheim, and the Smith [...]

Summer Road Trips

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

It has been a busy few months for us, starting before Christmas as we rushed to get the last issue to print before everything closed down.At that stage we had great intentions of heading to Whakatane and taking the heli flight out to White Island. I don’t have many things on my wish list, but [...]

  • Cute and spunky – even the windows have curtains – the mags look hot

Hand-Built Honey

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

The annual Cruise Martinborough event is a fun few days here in town. The Rock and I both love the sound of a deep, throaty V8 motor rumbling past the house, and we enjoy heading to the rugby grounds along the road each day for muster, before the 350+ cars (this year) head off to [...]