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RV Travel Lifestyle

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.

New Zealand
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in this issue

2 min.
wind-up to christmas

It 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 read all about in these and Caspar’s pages. We take a look at some new RV models arriving in…

10 min.
who said roadie?

November 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, we had arrived in Kaikoura to house- and dogsit. We had a brilliant 10 days staying there. Caspar had the time of his life chasing rabbits every day, and playing with Layla the dog, as well as all the chickens, sheep and llamas we were feeding. Kaikoura itself was wonderful. We were on deadline for NZTODAY magazine for much of the time, so were heads down and working hard every day, but each night we…

10 min.

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. This show was the second with the NZMCA as the naming rights partner to the long-running event, the first being the July Christchurch show earlier this year. The event organisers, Classic Events, thanked and acknowledged their new naming…

5 min.
cambridge connections

Cambridge 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 Sir Patrick Hogan’s racing colours and information on the renowned racehorse and stud Sir Tristram. Following Sir Tristram’s…

4 min.
torpedo bay navy museum

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 realise that the entrance to Auckland harbour was once laced with mines. Further investigation was required and I was staggered to learn…

2 min.
torpedo bay timeline

950 – The landing of Kupe 1150 – Landing of Toi Te Hautahi whose grandson settles at the bay naming the area Maunga a Uika 1350 – 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 Hauraki 1790 – Occupation and fortification of Maungauika by Ngati Paoa descendant Chief Rangikaketu 1793 – Battle at Takapuna and Torpedo Bay followed by brief Ngapuhi occupation of Maungauika 1827 – French explorer Dumont D’Urville lands at Devonport, finding the area “unoccupied” 1835 – Takapuna descendants return 1840 – Treaty of Waitangi signed 1850s – Austrian geologist Ferdinand von Hochstetter visits, noting Māori…