• 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 [...]

  • The master bedroom is flooded with natural light

Switch It Up

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

With two already sold by day two of the Covi Supershow, Rhys and Michele Hunter from Sunliner’s New Zealand dealership were pretty confident the Sunliner Switch was going down a treat. I was keen to find out why these Aussie motorhomes were proving so popular with Kiwi buyers. Michele invited me to sit “in the [...]

  • 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 [...]

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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Comfortable seating, adjustable swivel table area, which also converts to the second large sleeping berth

European Elegance

July 8th, 2018|Tags: , , |

Reviewing vehicles during a show can be dicey. There’s a never-ending stream of potential buyers moving in and around the vehicles and the vendors are inevitably busy answering their questions. With all of that going on, first impressions assume an even greater role in assessing a vehicle under review – I take great store by [...]

Peugeot Plus Pedigree

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

Having just reviewed a small motorhome from a different manufacturer, the same clichés threaten to surface for the new range of zippy wee motorhomes that are now entering the market. Terms like ‘compact’ and ‘sporty’ may have been used elsewhere when describing motorhomes under seven metres in length. And they certainly still apply when talking [...]

All Loved Up

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

Bruce Heberly admits it was love at first sight. He first saw images of the Dethleffs Exclusiv 760 DR playing on a TV screen at a show and was convinced this was the recreational vehicle he and his wife had been looking for. "Stunning" was Bruce’s first impression of the vehicle. And the love affair [...]

  • 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 [...]