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RV Travel Lifestyle No 70

RV Travel Lifestyle, New Zealand’s longest-running NZ-owned motorhome travel publication. We visit NZ’s most beautiful spots north to south from Cape Reinga to Stewart Island and everywhere in between. Hire or buy an RV for an amazing way to explore our pristine and often wild places. We visit cycleways, historic and cultural sites, Department of Conservation parks, stunning beach and mountain destinations to inspire our readers, along with major cities and small towns, and showcase activities from fishing to motor racing, wine tours to music festivals and shopping. We review RVs, and travellers share their experiences. An excellent publication for those travelling around New Zealand to self-drive an RV or car, and see the best NZ can offer.

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autumn wind and rain have arrived

A whirlwind few weeks has passed us by. March and April are always busy with shows and events and, depending on the moon, there’s always Easter to deal with during March or April. We’ve been on the road so much by car and motorhome, and it has been exhausting for us and Caspar. We’re out looking for a new house, maybe in an area closer to that little diamond in Pukekohe whom I want to see more of (granddaughter of course). So far, we’ve looked at houses in Whangarei, Mangawhai, Wellsford, Waiuku, Awhitu, Pukekohe, Pirongia, Matamata, Te Aroha, Katikati, Te Awamutu, Tauranga and Whakatāne – to the point where we made an offer on a house at Matata, north of Whakatāne. We didn’t get it, but boy have we been looking and…

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shows, roadies, sulphur fun

To kick off the month, we went to the local Gladstone area Harvest Festival, an event where Wairarapa’s finest wineries and highest-profile restaurants and food producers showcase their wares, with local artisan cafés supplying food to match the vineyards’ wines. As much as I like the Toast Martinborough event with its vineyard to vineyard via buses approach, the intimate setting of the Harvest Festival on the banks of the Ruamahanga River tucked into a hill known as ‘The Cliffs’ and surrounded by some 500-year-old totara trees and vineyards, is pretty special. There’s just one truck stage and this year three different acts got the 2200 crowd on their feet and partying. Each year the entertainment changes, but from my experience every year is brilliant, mostly local or Wellington region bands that are…

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la vita e dolce

As I walked around the Covi Motorhome show, hopping in and out of all sorts of RVs and sizes ranging from 5m campervans to 8.3m motorhomes, it was easy to get sensory overload and forget whose stand you were on. But, this wasn’t the case when we got to the Ci Motorhomes display outside. For me personally this motorhome wins ‘Best Small RV’ of the show – the moment I stepped inside, my first reaction genuinely was ‘Wow, now here is something a bit different.’ It’s based on a Fiat 2.3 130hp Diesel Turbo Euro 6 chassis with a six-speed Comformatic transmission that offers both manual and automatic use. And it’s fitted with all the bells and whistles, with traction control and hill hold, ESC and ABS brakes, Blue Tooth stereo,…

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the outer fringes of the kingdom of waitaki

With the temperature hovering in the mid-20s, the Navigator and I decided to head up-country for a night under the stars. Six months ago, we had camped on the shores of Lake Ohau in the Ruataniwha Conservation Park in company with a reasonably senior DOC field worker. Naturally, the issue of ‘Freedom Camping’ came into our fireside chat and he said as long as they were tidy, used a trowel to bury poo and didn’t set fire to the place, New Zealanders should be able to freely enjoy places like this forever. So, it was back to that spot we headed last Friday, later than expected. Between decision and departure, the weather changed from hot and clear to dark and raining. A call to the Omarama Hot Tubs indicated it was windy,…

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we’re in the people business

While walking around the Covi Super Show in Auckland recently I was amazed at the sheer size of this show now – it was massive and covered every hall at the Auckland Showgrounds. This meant some companies were on outdoor sites or in marquees. Michael Becker and his team from Smart RV had their own massive marquee, Jayco had a hall to themselves while loads of smaller dealers had open-air displays, and the place was pumping. We had great weather, a big crowd, and there was a real buzz in the air. It really demonstrated the phenomenal growth the RV industry has gone through over the last few years since the global financial crisis ended. This show now ranks as the third largest show to be held at Auckland Showgrounds behind the…

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acm platinum

This year was no exception with a range of large vehicles to wow and inspire the crowds when they came through, both imported models and custom-built bespoke quality Kiwi-built models. One in particular that took my eye on the Kiwi Autohomes and ACM stand was the big IVECO 70 – actually it was hard to miss because it was hoisted high off the ground, and the wonderful coloured exterior in dark brown/black/bronze/orange and white certainly took the eye. This beauty featured something I really liked – high tech, individually driven hydraulic lifting levellers, which at the push of a button operate individually to level the vehicle on just about any slope you might imagine. What a Godsend if you had to change a tyre on a vehicle this big! Just select the…