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RV Travel Lifestyle

No.78 September - October 2019

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.

New Zealand
RNR Publishing Ltd
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rv travel lifestyle

EDITOR Robyn Dallimore, editor@rvmagazine.co.nz ADVERTISING MANAGER Bruce Mountain Auckland Office 09 238 2261 021 657 090, bruce@rvmagazine.co.nz Bruce Mountain uses Lumix photographic equipment COVER SHOT Motu Cycle Trail – photo by Neil Hutton CONTRIBUTORS Sheryl Bainbridge, Robyn Dallimore, Allan Dick, Davey Hughes, Don & Marilyn Jessen, Gary Patterson, Keith Quinn, Jim Robinson, Trevor Schmidt, Jane Dove Juneau, Peter Williams SUB-EDITING & PROOFING Thiers Halliwell, Allan Walton DESIGN Cameron Leggett – camleggettphoto.com SUBSCRIPTIONS & ADMINISTRATION Subscriptions Manager Laura Atkinson subs@rnrpublishing.co.nz Phone enquiries: 06 306 6041 Mon to Fri – Office hours 10am to 3pm…

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spring into life

Welcome readers to the first fully combined publication with our popular columnists from NZTODAY, Allan Dick, Peter Williams and Keith Quinn all now part of the team. I know our RV readers will enjoy these additions to the magazine while regular NZTODAY readers who are receiving this combined issue for the first time will be happy to read Keith’s tribute to Brian Lochore who passed recently – certainly a legend in the Wairarapa where we have lived for 14 years. We have a large framed print of Brian scoring his first try as a captain for the All Blacks, signed by the man himself. It has pride of place in the Rock’s war room along with naval and All Blacks memorabilia. When driving on the road, many of us find ourselves…

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mail bag

Hi Robyn I got a lovely surprise in my mailbox this morning, as the winner of the book West Island, which looks like an interesting read. Thanks very much, we love reading NZTODAY and I always enter the competitions. Kind regards Helen Bell PO Box 224 Patumahoe 2344 Many thanks for the complimentary copy of Sport and the New Zealanders: A History. It looks very comprehensive and a worthwhile compilation of NZ’s obsession with sport. One that is deserved as we are successful in so many different sports. Your NZTODAY magazine is excellent too, you continue to highlight little-known areas of NZ for us retired folk to check out! Thanks again Lynne Paterson ED: Our pleasure Lynne, thanks for the email. We encourage everyone to look at the Road Books pages. We feature predominantly Kiwi writers, kids’ books and the occasional…

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a family, farming and football farewell

Although we all know Keith as a sport commentator for nearly 50 years, there’s much more to him than sports. He collects memorabilia and books related to the Beatles, loves to travel to mystical places and has a secret addiction – ice cream! In addition, he loves writing. And with 16 books to his credit, penning a column for NZTODAY is a great fit for him. Hopefully Keith will be spinning many more yarns as he travels around New Zealand and the world. Brian Lochore’s association with the All Blacks was spread over 44 years. As a young loose forward, he first came over the Remutaka Hills from nearby Wairarapa to Wellington in 1963 to play in an All Black trial. On a rain swept afternoon a man shouted Lochore’s name…

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the great lake’s great ride

Using a superlative to name this trail is a no-brainer. While the ‘great lake’ is not on the scale of the Great Lakes of the USA, it is our country’s biggest lake and nearly twice the size of the next largest. I was expecting a lot from this trail when I visited the area, as it is one of the New Zealand Cycle Trail’s ‘Great Rides’ as well as being on the scenic shores of Lake Taupō. My adventure on the Great Lake Trail started at the Waihaha carpark about 30 kilometres west of the Taupō township. The trail is divided into three sections. The Waihaha on the Western Bay is the most remote, with most riders catching a water taxi to reach the following section. I arrive at an empty…

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over 50?

With the first stage release selling through quickly at Matamata Longlands – the newest Freedom Lifestyle Village at 80 Burwood Rd, Matamata – the uptake of this opportunity for Over 50s has been phenomenal. One key feature at all Freedom Lifestyle Villages is the comprehensive motorhome facility – including carpark, washdown, dumpstation, workshop and storage units. Matamata Longlands will host the largest motorhome complex yet. Being close to State Highways, within easy driving distance to Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, Taupo and beyond, our community creates New Zealand’s new motorhomers’ paradise right here in Matamata. Highly affordable, quality designer house options range from just $249,000 for a cosy one-bedroom Terrace apartment to $599,000 for the Liberty – our luxurious three-bedroom double-garage freestanding villa. As a resident, you’ll benefit from the Freedom lifestyle model, which means…