RV Travel Lifestyle

RV Travel Lifestyle

May - June 2021
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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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4 min.
autumn days are running out; winter visitors are heading over the ditch

The weather has changed, the leaves have turned and the leafy mess has begun. Luckily autumn leaves are beautiful, and when they are dry and crispy under your feet it’s a bit of fun to kick them in the air during crisp morning or evening walks, a waft of smoke from a fire inside staining the morning air. We have had a busy couple of months with a fair bit of travel up and down the country. The Covi Motorhome Caravan and Outdoor show was on in March, and the NZMCA AGM rally was held over Easter weekend. We profile a few new models that caught our eye at the show. The exhibitor numbers were down this year, but for those who did attend, it just meant bigger sales. The interest in…

4 min.
mail bag letters to ed

Please send your feedback, letters and suggestions to editor@rvmagazine.co.nz and win a magazine subscription Hi Robyn Just wanted to congratulate you on that wonderful story you wrote on Rotorua it is brilliant. Actually, my late husband took me to Rotorua in the eighties and showed me lots of places, seeing I come from Dunedin (I now live in Wellington), I had never been before but ever since then we went there lots of times. But reading your story there is a lot more to see, it is a fascinating place, couldn’t put the mag down until I finished it. The other stories I always enjoy reading are those from Allan Dick – I went to King Edward Technical College with him. My family had a caravan and we always went away at Christmas,…

10 min.
a great walk on water

ANZ Great Walk on a river, how is that even possible? This is my questioning thought when I first looked at the Great Walks list to develop the Great Hikes App. After a quick online search, it became obvious that I wouldn’t need divine ability to walk on water, just a boat in which to float downstream. A few months later, the day arrived to ride the river. After several weeks of long walks with a heavy pack full of GPS and camera equipment, the thought of giving my legs and blisters a rest and storing gear in a barrel seemed very appealing. How hard could a non-walk be, I thought. I was about to find out! My first decision was to take a mate on this journey. I was not…

7 min.
it’s all about the river and the past

In the sunshine, the city is quite a delight. Some cities have repurposed their buildings and modernised their downtowns, but Whanganui has retained its old-town charm with heritage buildings looking fresh and spruce down the main street, Whanganui services a population of just over 40 000 people, The Whanganui River is still the centrepiece and focus of the city. At 290km it’s New Zealand’s third-longest river (after the Waikato at 425km, and the Clutha at 322km). It has a special status for the region’s Māori people and is one of only two natural resources worldwide to have the status of a legal person. (Te Urewera is the other.) We took a ride on the Waimarie, a genuine coal-fired paddle steamer dating from 1899. The ship sank accidentally in 1952 but was recovered…

8 min.
a tale of two harbours

To reach Whangaroa Harbour, the most direct route is via State Highway 10 through the small town of Kaeo. It would have been a convenient place for early European settlement as the Kaeo River runs into the harbour and water was the favoured mode of transport in those days. Several of the town’s buildings are relatively unchanged from the time they were built more than a century ago. Kaeo’s Whangaroa County Museum has a wealth of genealogical information, and it’s clear that the early missionaries took the edict ‘go forth and multiply’ fairly seriously, as during our own travels throughout the country we have met people from Invercargill north with a Kaeo connection. But for a longer and infinitely more scenic trip, turn right onto Matauri Bay Road before descending the…

6 min.
the ups & downs of mangonui heritage town

The township of Mangonui is built on a hill beside lovely Doubtless Bay. It is steep. And because of this there are magnificent views everywhere. Local opinion has it that Mangonui was planned in a London office in the 1880s and the clerk had no idea that he was dealing with a hill. Streets are laid out at right angles to the water and ascend at alarming gradients. You have to be fit to walk the heritage trail which includes lovely old buildings, views of local pā sites and enough panoramic vistas to fill a calendar. The town’s name comes from the traditional tale of a big shark (mangā nui) leading an ancestral waka into the bay a thousand years ago. Māori have been here ever since. During the 1880s it became…