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RV Travel Lifestyle No 71

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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christchurch and the motorhome choice dilema

What a busy few months it has been and looking ahead the diary is filling up quickly. We’ve done quite a bit of travel up and down the country, and with our new Rosie on the front lawn (see Rock’n’Robyn Chronicles, page 7), we’re looking forward to some of those being a bit quicker now that we can travel at 100km/h and not 90km/h as with RnR. We’re heading to Christchurch for the NZMCA Motorhome Caravan and Leisure show at Horncastle Arena over July 6-8. We don’t have a stand but will be reviewing vehicles, checking out the latest models in from overseas, and catching up with all our friends and readers – well our whole RV family really, so keep an eye out for us. We have friends from here in Martinborough…

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luxury to ludicrous - and the rock gets banned!

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 was time to head south. I’ve had lots of questions from readers – What did the Rock buy? Well I can reveal here that we’re now the proud owners of a 1998, 5.5-metre motorhome with 650,000kms on the clock! Yep, unbelievable but true - we went from looking at a new model upgrade, to picking up a 20-year-old classic instead. Trust me - no one was more surprised than me! We flew into Christchurch on a rainy Saturday morning,…

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a new home for rv owners

Hauraki Village is a new lifestyle concept for RV owners because the village is designed to have RVs parked alongside each house. While other lifestyle villages may tolerate RV’s they are usually banished to a separate lock up area or parked haphazardly. In contrast each Hauraki Village house has a specifically prepared RV parking area with power supply and immediate access to the house. The result is a village where it is quite evident that the house owners are people with active life styles. Many cycle on the Hauraki Trail which starts right at the village. I was impressed with the quality of builds with their spacious design and lots of storage. It is obvious that the owners are taking pride in their RVs and homes. The Hauraki Village concept has proved to…

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the granddaddy of greatness

Ask any kiwi cyclist what they know about the Great Rides and they will inevitably refer to the Otago Central Rail Trail. It’s already legendary. As I prepared to travel to Central Otago I pondered the notion of whether this trail had earned its status simply due to being the first of the cycle trails, the granddaddy; or on its own merits by delivering unique charms that enhance the journey – I was about to find out! Opening at the turn of the century, the trail is a generation older than most of the new kids on the block. The former railway line was transferred to the Department of Conservation (DOC) in the early 1990s, and the Otago Central Rail Trail Trust worked with DOC to transform the line to a…

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all loved up

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 with the caravan he bought 18 months ago shows no sign of abating. In fact, I met Bruce at the 2018 Covi SuperShow where he was on the stand talking to potential buyers about the vehicle from the viewpoint of a very satisfied owner. Bruce and his wife are based in the Bay of Plenty. From there they’ve journeyed around the North Island, clocking up some 10-15,000 kilometres. It would be fair to say they’ve given their…

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slick shift

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 multifunctional, 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 made my appreciation well-known in the past. To me, small vehicle design is (or can be) the pinnacle of excellence, so I was very keen to see the latest launch from Leisure Line. A vehicle of this type is quite a departure from the caravans of integrity this long-term New Zealand manufacturer is known for. Enter a Leisure Line built caravan and you can smell the difference – it’s there as soon as you go into the…