Travel & Outdoor
RV Travel Lifestyle

RV Travel Lifestyle No.77 July - August 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
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in this issue

3 min.
mail box is open

Another busy few months have flown by, especially with regard to getting this big issue to the printers in time for the NZMCA Motorhome, Caravan and Leisure show July 5–6–7. We will be exhibiting this year, so come and see us if you’re in Christchurch over that weekend. This issue is packed full of South Island travel destinations, a wonderful museum at Yaldhurst in Christchurch from Kathy, an incredible bike ride through the Roxburgh gorge with Gary, Sheryl and Neil’s exploration of Pleasant Point complete with history lesson on the area’s aviation history and vintage railway, and they also stop at the Cheviot police station for a visit through the Hurunui district. Meanwhile Tom steps from tectonic plate to tectonic plate at Marble Hill. Allan Dick joins us this issue with his…

8 min.
winter woollies time

Weather-wise the last few months have been lovely in Pukekohe, nowhere near as cold as we are used to in the Wairarapa. It is almost fun to watch the weather and see a 10–12 degree difference in the overnight temperatures between here and there. We have been doing quite a bit of travelling recently, with a quick four-day trip to Queenstown on $75 return flights from Auckland (had to be done at that price) to see grandson baby Finn, and his parents of course. We picked up a Maui rental so we had independence, accommodation, and an office to work out of for a few hours each day. Thankfully there’s a good diesel heater in this model, and an electric ceiling bed in the rear over the good-sized U-shaped lounge meant…

9 min.
gorging on greatness

Profile A GREAT RIDE Cartographer and trail designer Gary Patterson has mapped his way around the globe from subantarctic islands to back-country bike trails on every continent. He returned home for an epic adventure, riding all 22 NZ Cycle Trails Great Rides to make a mobile app. The Great Rides App is the only mobile app for the trails, and can be freely downloaded from the app stores. Follow his travels to inspire, plan and to help you on your own journey. Which to choose: staring all day at a computer in order to keep the Great Rides App in shape, or steering my bike through a river gorge to keep myself in shape? Today I choose the latter, so leaving early morning from my home on the shores of moody Lake Wakatipu…

8 min.
a vintage snapshot of our past

On arrival at the Yaldhurst Museum, first impressions might lead you to believe you’ve arrived at a 10-minute-coffee-stop museum – a ‘stretch of legs’ whilst en route somewhere else. On entering the reception area there’s a standard shop and café. But then, without presumption or grandiosity, the fascination begins as you enter through a nondescript door to your right. You are instantly hit by a full and rich experience of New Zealand’s technological past. General Manager Jon Everitt shows me around the first of many dusty cavernous barns that are full of examples of early transport vehicles. Yaldhurst Museum has amassed an eclectic mix of road transport including one of the largest and finest collections of horse-drawn vehicles in the country. “This one’s of great interest to many,” states Jon, pointing to…

6 min.
stand astride the plates

If you happen to be in the Greenwich Royal Observatory in London, it’s possible to stand with one foot in the eastern hemisphere and the other in the western hemisphere. In the Indonesian city of Pontianak, you can stand with one foot in the southern hemisphere, and the other in the northern hemisphere. But at Marble Hill in the Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve in the South Island, you can do something far more impressive – stand at one moment on the Pacific Tectonic Plate, then move a few metres and stand on the Australian Tectonic Plate. The Royal Observatory in London is home to what’s known as the global ‘prime meridian’, an imaginary line running north-south through the Observatory and both the North and South Poles, marking the boundary between the eastern…

8 min.
what’s the point?

Pleasant Point’s a Canterbury town with a population of about 1300. While there’s no doubt about its pleasant aspect and its avenue of trees leading in from the south, no one seems quite sure of why ‘Point’ is part of its name. It’s referred to as simply ‘Point’ or ‘The Point’ by locals and has held this name since early pioneering days. South Canterbury’s worst flooding occurred at Pleasant Point in 1986, causing mass evacuations and costing millions of dollars, but more recently its claim to fame has been its unorthodox non-politically-correct, totally fun Christmas parades. Floats generally reference topical subjects of the time. In the past they’ve included a mock Tui ad featuring a well-known bishop on a float that proclaims that “gays and sinners cause earthquakes – yeah,…