• The reviewed four-berth Celtic Rambler on the right, the smaller Dream Seeker on the left is a five-berth model

Luxury UK Fifth-Wheeler

March 7th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

It’s been a long hot summer this year so far, and our friends Marie and Neil are over from north Queensland again for a few months, travelling in their fifth-wheeler. Marie has contributed an occasional story to the magazine over the years detailing their travels here. They love their fifth-wheeler – it ticked all the [...]

  • A full oven with storage underneath, four-burner hob on top with glass cover as well as a bench cover that is level with the main bench. Utility drawer and cupboards under the sink

Divine Pegasus

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

Just before we went to print, the latest in the UK Bailey caravans arrived in Auckland, and we took the opportunity to check out the latest layouts and first of the extra-wide 2450mm bodies. This model – the four-berth Grande Bologna – has a fixed island bed, rear bathroom, spacious lounge with the new G-shaped [...]

Spotlight Everland R705

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

In the last issue (74) of this magazine we looked at the new motorhome being developed by Action Manufacturing in Albany. This company has built over 15,000 motorhomes over the last 20+ years for the New Zealand and Australian rental markets, and their experience has resulted in the production of vehicles with greater durability and [...]

  • 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 [...]