Travel & Outdoor
RV Travel Lifestyle

RV Travel Lifestyle No.76 May - June 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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6 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
winter woollies – not yet

It has finally been raining here in Pukekohe. Over the last few weeks the grass has greened up and the cracks in the ground have nearly closed. I can’t say it is actually that cold up here in Pukekohe; we went back to Martinborough for a few days recently and had to light the fire, it was so brisk, but here we are still sleeping with no duvet as yet, just a light blanket – such a contrast. We have been out and about a bit with that trip to Martinborough, down to Tauranga, and lots of excursions in and out around Auckland visiting the RV industry to check out new models for the Covi show in March. A trip down to Whangamata for Beach Hop was great fun – always…

9 min.
embracing change

Readers who follow Caspar’s Capers will know that we have relocated our lives from Martinborough to Pukekohe for a while. You will also know that a certain wee granddaughter lives here, so that is a clue as to the inevitable “why?” We are all enjoying the complete change of pace, going from a small village and 84km round trip to Masterton Pensive for groceries, to a 100km round trip for lunch at the Viaduct in Auckland City. We did once live in Auckland, but in 2005 purchased the lease on a Martinborough vineyard café and headed off to start a new life together. During that time in Auckland we enjoyed every America’s Cup event that came to town, heading over from Devonport to the waterfront to watch the boys head out in…

6 min.
hokitika wildfoods festival

There was literally not a cloud in the clear blue sky and nothing to indicate that the Coast would be hit by a devastating weather bomb a few short weeks later. “The West Coast’s full,” 2 we were told; as well as the wildfoods festival, the Wanaka A&P show was on, one of the very few shows of its type to be blessed with increasing visitor numbers each year. Then there were races at Reefton and the Marchfest beer and music festival in Nelson. So it was not surprising that tents littered the sand dunes and that people young and old thronged downtown Hokitika on the Friday evening prior to the festival. We’d been a bit concerned that there may be noise issues but all we heard that night was…

8 min.
anaura bay paradise found

ANAURA BAY Nestled between Tolaga Bay and Tokomaru Bay on the East Cape north of Gisborne, is the beautifully rugged Anaura Bay. It’s about 7km from the main highway, down a winding road that is often only wide enough for a single vehicle. Luckily there is not much traffic out this way, and the view that awaits you as you crest the final hill is more than worth the hairy drive in. There are two campgrounds here, and we chose to stay at the DOC-managed one as we have a DOC pass that, for a one-off annual fee, allows us to stay at most of their camps – except over the Christmas and New Year period. The campground is right on the beach and is slightly different to many other DOC camps…

7 min.
luxury rear lounge stunner

A recent stop off at RnRV in Silverdale to see the latest Carthago motorhome really got us going. It’s not often we step into a motorhome these days and see something that is new with regard to layout design and one that rings our bells as much as this model did. Paul and Rochelle were so proud to show us the Carthago Liner-for-two before the new owners picked it up – and we were seriously impressed. There are so many design features in this model, I will have to let the photos and Tech Spec’s do the talking, and even they are just some of the features – there are so many we can’t list them all. INTERIOR The habitation entry door is mid-vehicle. A push of the button from the interior or…

1 min.
carthagoliner-for-two, $309,990 this model

Cab Chassis Fiat Ducato 2.3L 180hp 6-speed auto trans on single axle ALKO low frame 40 heavy chassis, 16″ alloy mag wheels. FWD with ABS, electronic immobiliser, ESP, ASR, hill descent control. Reinforced spring on the front axle with increased axle load up to 2.3 tonnes Dimensions 7830mm long, 2270mm wide, 3050mm high, internal height 1980mm, height cab under bed 1820mm Wheel base 4535mm, double-floor thickness 330mm. Rear garage door width 1150 and 1280mm Weight: GVM 4500kg, tare 3735kg, maximum towed load 1800kg. COF Pedelec scooter garage for up to 1240mm handlebar height Living Heating: gas and electric – Alde WW central and under-floor heating system Cooking: Dometic oven and grill above fridge – three-burner gas hob in bench Dometic 160L three-way auto Tech tower with separate fridge/freezer Gas: 2 x 9kg bottles Entertainment: 40˝ Avtex 12V TV (can upgrade to 40˝),…