2008 New Zealand National Motorhome and Caravan Expo pulls camping crowds despite wild wind challenge

October 07, 2008
2008 New Zealand National Motorhome and Caravan Expo pulls camping crowds despite wild wind challenge

The South Island 2008 New Zealand National Motorhome and Caravan Expo in Christchurch pulled big crowds of camping enthusiasts despite winds which gusted to 150kmh on the second day of the expo.

The big wind known locally as the Canterbury Northwester snapped a support pole at the base in the main marquee, brought down expo stands and closed the marquee for five hours as safety support crews went into action.

Despite the natural challenges GoSee New Zealand got lots of interest and our team rate the Christchurch crowds right up there with big expos (camping Supershows) we attend in Australia.

The list of exhibitors included Barrons South Island, Winnebago, Sunliner, Jayco Canterbury, KEA Campers NZ, Sunliner Recreational Vehicles, Dometic NZ, Kiwi RV Imports and NZ Motor Caravan Association.

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

The 2008 show was held at Canterbury Agricultural Park, Christchurch on Friday October 3, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5.

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

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

The difference won buyers at the 2008 New Zealand National Motorhome and Caravan Expo as Leisure Line told GoSee New Zealand the eight caravans they took to the expo had new 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.

Displays crash in the wind storm
Displays crash in the wind storm

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.

The Oztent www.oztent.co.nz 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.

It also won 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.

Leisureline Caravans
Leisureline Caravans

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 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 www.onthewayrv.co.nz 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 www.backseatmovies.co.nz has provided portable mobile entertainment.

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

Oztent shows its options for campers
Oztent shows its options for campers

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.

Practical products where a feature of the 2008 New Zealand National Motorhome and Caravan Expo.

GKA Insurance www.gka.co.nz is an example GKA responsed to the special needs of living on the road.

GKA Insurances www.gka.co.nz works in conjunction with the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) to help their members pursue their dreams and travel aspirations knowing the financial investment in their vehicle is well protected.

Darryl RSE Ltd talks to customer
Darryl RSE Ltd talks to customer

Over more than 20 years the specialised service has been endorsed by 8,000 customers who now insure their campervans with GKA.

The scheme was designed exclusively to provide the best cover for campervan and caravan owners and is the only insurance recommended by the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association.

The scheme now covers motorhomes, caravans, the rapidly expanding 5th Wheeler market and slide on campers.

The scheme provides many benefits not available in standard policies, and it is underwritten by Lumley General Insurance, one of New Zealand's biggest motor insurers.

Stylish medium motorhome
Stylish medium motorhome

Lenker Marketingwww.lenker.co.nz got attention at the 2008 New Zealand National Motorhome and Caravan Expo with the Lagun space saving table frame. It is designed to save space in caravans and campers. No more bum shuffles when it comes time to sit down to enjoy a cuppa or a meal.

It is height adjustable and will cope with the various popular sizes children come in. The table top can also be used as part of the bed base.

Fitting is a simple slide on to a strong extrusion and pop the table top back on. The whole unit can be adjusted and locked in an amazing variety of useful positions.

The table top will move 360 degs as will the whole arm. Which means it can also be a shelf and getting up and down is no longer a big twist as it can be moved to provide easy access. GoSee thinks the best thing about the space saving table is that most of the time it is out of the way.

Another original idea comes from DriveNow -

DriveNow www.drivenow.co.nz is an innovative company which produces attractive rental deals on vehicles from distressed inventory which would otherwise be left idle.

From a campervan in Queenstown, a people mover from Auckland Airport or a rental car to drive from Christchurch to Auckland, DriveNow provides options from New Zealand's premier vehicle hire companies, including:

Budget Rent-a-Car, Apollo Motorhome Holidays, National, Thrifty, Avis,

Britz, Maui, Backpacker Campervans, and Smartcars.

The DriveNow's innovative approach to rental vehicles produces cheaper prices and gives customers access to competitive deals. DriveNow is in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton, and Queenstown.

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

Shayne demonstrates Lenker Space Saving Table Frame
Shayne demonstrates Lenker Space Saving Table Frame
GoSee NZ stand before the wind hit
GoSee NZ stand before the wind hit
Booth wall falls as wind storm hits
Booth wall falls as wind storm hits
Gusts to 150kmh pull tent pegs
Gusts to 150kmh pull tent pegs
Oops excuse  us please
Oops excuse us please
The northern end of the show marquee starts to fall
The northern end of the show marquee starts to fall
Walls peel back under the wind force
Walls peel back under the wind force
Brian Keeley Leisurebuilt
Brian Keeley Leisurebuilt
Christchurch Fire dept demo
Christchurch Fire dept demo
1 inch of oil and 1 cup of water
1 inch of oil and 1 cup of water
Fire Service Demo
Fire Service Demo
Leisurebuilt option
Leisurebuilt option
Main thoroughfare sunday afternoon
Main thoroughfare sunday afternoon
On the Way RV
On the Way RV
Oztent stretchers
Oztent stretchers
United Campervans options
United Campervans options
Oztent puts on a show
Oztent puts on a show