2008 Christchurch National Motorhome and Caravan Expo underlines commitment by united industry

September 16, 2008
2008 Christchurch National Motorhome and Caravan Expo underlines commitment by united industry

The 2008South island New Zealand National Motorhome and Caravan Expo underlines the commitment to a united front which is now recognised by New Zealands motorhome and caravan industry.

Motorhomes, caravans, camper trailers, pop-tops, campervans, fifth wheelers, tents and RV and camping accessories are all in the Expo mix.

The list of exhibitors includes Barrons South Island, Winnebago, Sunliner, Apollo Motorhomes, Jayco Canterbury, KEA Campers NZ, Sunliner Recreational Vehicles, Dometic NZ, Eurocaravans, Kiwi Campers, Kiwi RV Imports, Maui Direct and NZ Motor Caravan Association.

The 2008New Zealand National Motorhome and Caravan Expo will be held at Canterbury Agricultural Park, Christchurch on October 3, 4 and 5.

Hugo Percy from New Zealand Motorhome and Caravan Expo organiser Classic Events clicked the GoSeeNewZealand website into action in Hamilton on Saturday March 3, 2007.

GoSee New Zealand is a free to users caravanning and camping website. It provides Trip planning and easy access to touring information about all New Zealands Holiday Parks, destinations and attractions.

The 2007 North Island Expo, in Hamilton, built sales momentum and the South Island NZ National Motorhome and Caravan Expo has reaped strong support.

Organisers say the expo has the capacity to double in size in a year.

Once again a motorhome and caravan rally is linked to the expo with club members camping on the expo grounds during the weekend of the show.

This is a successful formula which includes an exhibitor and Rally Members social on the Saturday night. Already more than 600 are expected for the function.

The NZMCA national body has endorsed the 2008 Expo. Site bookings can be made through co-ordinator Bruce Stranger bsandhm@clear.net.nz

Hugo Percy launches GoSee New Zealand in March 2007
Hugo Percy launches GoSee New Zealand in March 2007

Those members who are associated to clubs but are not members of the NZMCA or CCNZ are welcome.

There is a site booking application form available on the website www.nzmotorhomeandcaravanexpo.co.nz (click South Island).

It is under the heading Rally Information. Bookings are on a first in basis.

Members should note that they cannot display their vehicles for sale at the Expo.

New Zealand design and finish quality is notable in many motorhomes and campervans.

Caravans built with New Zealand conditions in mind show plenty of original thought.

The Leisure Line range of caravans are designed and built by New Zealanders for New Zealand conditions with value and quality Leisure Lines point of difference for potential owners.

Leisure Line builds a traditional Kiwi caravan with current styling. The result is a comfortable, open Recreational Vehicle which has space and style. Leisure Line understand New Zealand conditions and their products can take it comfortably in every sense.

Layouts, installation, materials and finish are chosen to give the maximum durability.

Leisure Line has been involved in the manufacturing of caravans since 1973. This hands-on experience takes the best features of previous New Zealand built caravans and improves on them. Leisure Lines one piece roof is just one example of how the past benefits the future.

Leisure Line custom builds to individual needs.

International designs are well represented with Australia's biggest builder of Recreational Vehicles Jayco showing the latest designs in its caravan range plus its well priced motorhomes.

There is plenty of original thought at the 2008South island New Zealand National Motorhome and Caravan Expo.

For example - The Oztent was born from frustration when Joe Vigilone (Oztent inventor) went camping with his wife and a borrowed tent. It was not a happy experience. So when Joe got back from the holiday which was cut short through the problems with setting up the tent he decided to design his own.

Oztent was released in 1993 and in that same year the Oztent was awarded A Silver medal at the International Exhibition of Inventions -Geneva.
The Most Innovative Camping Product - Caravan and Camping Association.

From kitchen table to International Award Winning tent - The Oztent has been and continues to be another great little Aussie Invention that is now available in the U.K., Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany, France, Denmark, New Zealand and South Africa.

Apart from the fact that the Oztent is so easy to set up (in less than 30 seconds and by one person) Joe added many new features to make this tent a real pleasure to camp in.

Joe recognised that when he designed the Oztent it was for touring camping and times when quick and tent erecting is required. But GoSee uses an Oztent and we find more and more people buy it for the fact that it is just so simple to use.

On The Way RV specialise in providing and servicing new Fifth Wheelers and Recreational Vehicles built for New Zealand conditions.

They offer a range of top quality products from tried and tested brands such as Wildcat, Travelhome and ECO-Tourer, all of which are compliant with New Zealand standards.

Staff are informed and highly skilled so advice comes from real expertise when repairs and service are in question.
On the Way RV offers a wide range of RVs and Fifth Wheelers with many floor plans and designs.

Products and services include:
Brand new Recreational Vehicles, Fifth Wheelers and Caravans.
Vehicles that are completely compliant with New Zealand gas and electricity safety standards.
A Factory Warranty for all Recreational Vehicles.
Warranties are dated from the time of purchase
Full back-up service with a well-equipped workshop and qualified and professional staff
Quality accessories to suit American, Australian, and Canadian Caravans and Fifth Wheelers
Finance Packages.

Since 2004 Rear Seat Entertainment has provided portable mobile entertainment.

They are suppliers of the Next Base Portable DVD Range of product including mobile TV receivers.

RSE supply a range of products from small portable DVD players through to Multi-media systems that contain TV/DVD/USB and Card Reader capabilities. These products can operate in any mobile environment and a range of versatile mounting options are available.

RSE now supply a variety of automotive retailers and accessory stores.

RSE supplies its premium DVD/TV/DVB model player to Kea Motor Homes in New Zealand and Australia. This includes Kea's 4WD campers throughout Australia. Jucy Rentals also use the Nextbase SDV97BFI in their campers in New Zealand and throughout Australia.

Graham Wallace CEO of website builder ContACT Internet Solutions and Managing Director of GoSee New Zealand and its sister website GoSeeAustralia said today GoSee New Zealand gives site users free information on every aspect of touring NZ destinations and attractions in the North and South Islands.

Big rig means big bed
Big rig means big bed

GoSee New Zealands free Trip Planner allows easy access to maps and information which is essential getting ready for a camping experience in New Zealand, he said.

GoSee New Zealand website lists every Holiday Park and campground in New Zealand, he said.

Times for the 2008 South island New Zealand National Motorhome and Caravan Expo are:

Friday 9am to 5pm.

Saturday 9am to 6pm;

and Sunday 9am to 5pm.

There is free parking for visitors in the public carpark.

Admission prices are - Adult $10, child $3 (under 5 free).

And Liberty pass $15. The liberty Pass allows the freedom to come and go from the Expo for the duration of the exhibition.

Canterbury is a proud city right now. Sophie Pascoe, 15, a student at Canterbury's Lincoln High School, is New Zealand's youngest ever Paralympic athlete.

Barrons shows European design excellence
Barrons shows European design excellence

Sophie aimed for gold medal at the Beijing Games but beat the world and won both the 100m breaststroke and 200m individual medley. She also took silver in the 100m butterfly.

Canterbury (Waitaha) New Zealand's biggest region incorporates Christchurch, Kaikoura, Hanmer Springs, Timaru, Lake Tekapo, Methven and Darfield.

The region is bounded in the north by the Conway River and to the west by the Southern Alps. The southern boundary is the Waitaki River.

Christchurch (Otautahi). Is the biggest city in the South Island, it is also the second largest New Zealand city after Auckland in the North Island.

Tourism is significant in the local economy. Ski-fields and other attractions of the Southern Alps are close and hotels, a casino, and an airport meet international standards.

Editor's Note: Here is a run of related National Motorhome and Caravan Expo GoSee New Zealand Information Articles and pictures -

Luxury approach to life on the road
Luxury approach to life on the road
A now for breakfast. GoSeeNZ pic
A now for breakfast. GoSeeNZ pic
And it all folds neatly away for the road
And it all folds neatly away for the road
Bowentown Family Holiday Park has room for BIG rigs
Bowentown Family Holiday Park has room for BIG rigs
Cab-over comfort in our  NZ motorhome. GoSeeNZ pic
Cab-over comfort in our NZ motorhome. GoSeeNZ pic
Camper from KEA
Camper from KEA
Campers draw show crowds
Campers draw show crowds
Dinner is served aboard our NZ motorhome. GoSeeNZ pic
Dinner is served aboard our NZ motorhome. GoSeeNZ pic
Easy to use local design
Easy to use local design
Eco-Tourer folds for easier towing
Eco-Tourer folds for easier towing
Full use of the campers available space
Full use of the campers available space
Good looking camper from Barrons
Good looking camper from Barrons
Hodge RV 5th wheeler
Hodge RV 5th wheeler
Ichy Ft rego is what its all about
Ichy Ft rego is what its all about
Jayco lines up many options
Jayco lines up many options
Slipping Around carries a get-about scooter
Slipping Around carries a get-about scooter
This campers name says it all
This campers name says it all
Motorbike in the back
Motorbike in the back
Original thought from a 5th wheeler
Original thought from a 5th wheeler