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RV Travel Lifestyle No 73

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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wind-up to christmas

First release from New Zealand manufacturer Action Manufacturing, the Action EVERLAND, see more details from them on page 11It is really quite scary how fast Christmas is coming at us – we have four more deadlines in four weeks. I’m not sure there will be enough hours in the day.This issue we take a peek at the base entry tent and camp trailer market that is starting to blossom out there. Tents have always been in, but now they are packed into little trailers, or flip out to become quite the snazzy option.The September show was really great – so many people stayed over at the Mystery Creek site, I think it blew all previous records for a rally at this event. We had a great weekend that you can…

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who said roadie?

2. South Bay pouwhenua front cover image. The archway pouwhenua as you walk up the entrance path at South Bay tells the story of Māui going fishing in his canoe and pulling up the house of Tangaroa (the god of the sea).3. With a campground and NZMCA park on this side of Kaikoura the marina and walkway are very popular for visitors4. Plenty of space to pull up and relax, sit and enjoy the vistaNovember 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 in RV72,…

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Held over the weekend of September 21–23, the NZMCA Motorhome Caravan and Leisure Show enjoyed fantastic weather, record crowds, and over 1200 motorhomes came to stay in the Event Park and Stay area, some for just one night while others took advantage of the opportunity and stayed for three days and explored all that nearby Hamilton had to offer.This show has always been popular, being held in spring when people start turning their thoughts to summer road trips, upgrading or buying their first RV, be it a caravan, motorhome, camper, trailer or tent.1. Editor Robyn, with Caspar secure, ready for the gates to open on the Friday of the NZMCA Motorhome Caravan and Outdoor show in SeptemberThis show was the second with the NZMCA as the naming rights partner to…

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cambridge connections

Bronze statue of a mare and her foal outside the Town Hall in Cambridge was unveiled in March 2004Cambridge is way more than a one-horse town. As the centre of New Zealand’s equine industry, the Waikato town is surrounded by prosperous-looking stud farms, a number of training tracks and arenas, and the Cambridge raceway. There’s a life-size sculpture of a mare and foal outside the town hall, and the town’s pavements feature an equine walk of fame formed by mosaic heads of well-known horses – Charisma being one of them – and another walk of fame for prominent local sportspeople includes a star for her rider Mark Todd. The Evers-Swindell sisters also feature among the surprising number of local achievers. Inside Cambridge museum, a NZ Racing hall of fame includes…

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torpedo bay navy museum

Torpedo Bay Navy Museumx (credit: New Zealand Navy)The ‘luckiest ship in the world’ – HMS New Zealand – (credit: New Zealand Navy)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 New Zealand Navy.The minefield, which stretched from Torpedo Bay to Bastion Point, was mooted during the first ‘Russian Scare’ in 1888 and was fully operational by 1904. To a journalist, a revelation like this opens a whole new level of enquiry. Yes, I knew something of a ‘Russian Scare’ but no, I did not…

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torpedo bay timeline

950 – The landing of Kupe1150 – Landing of Toi Te Hautahi whose grandson settles at the bay naming the area Maunga a Uika1350 – Landing of the Tainui canoe (part of the great fleet of seven canoes)1450 – At this time four pa were established on volcanic cones: Takarunga (Mount Victoria) Takararo (Mount Cambria) Takamaiwaiho and Kurae a Tura (Duder’s Hill)1650 – Attack and devastation of Haukapua by Ngati Paoa tribes from Hauraki1790 – Occupation and fortification of Maungauika by Ngati Paoa descendant Chief Rangikaketu1793 – Battle at Takapuna and Torpedo Bay followed by brief Ngapuhi occupation of Maungauika1827 – French explorer Dumont D’Urville lands at Devonport, finding the area “unoccupied”1835 – Takapuna descendants return1840 – Treaty of Waitangi signed1850s – Austrian geologist Ferdinand von Hochstetter visits, noting Māori…