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The Camper Care NZ Motorhome & Caravan Show window to informed camping lifestyle buyer decisions

March 30, 2011
The Camper Care NZ Motorhome & Caravan Show window to informed camping lifestyle buyer decisions

The Camper Care NZ Motorhome & Caravan Show at Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton from March 3 to 6 was a unique opportunity to see the latest motorhomes, caravans, camper trailers, pop-tops, campervans, fifth wheelers, tents, Recreational Vehicles (RV's) and camping accessories.

The show allowed direct comparisons between brands supported by direct access to builders, suppliers and distributors. Time spent at shows like this allows informed buying decisions to be made.

New Zealand's premier Motorhome & Caravan show was a unique experience for motorhome and caravan enthusiasts and exhibitors alike. It is New Zealand's biggest camping industry event. Each year the best the industry can produces is displayed at two shows in North Island Hamilton and South Island Christchurch.

Michele Connell Managing Director of the show organisers Classic Events says show-goers got involved in a Hamilton experience which included impressive prizes. They was $150,000 towards a new motorhome or caravan, she said. Or another prize was the Ultimate Kiwi Road Trip in a luxury KEA motorhome staying at Family Parks Holiday Parks around the North Island, Michele said.

They was also two nights at the Yealands Estate Clifford Bay venue in beautiful Awatere Valley to be won, Michele said.

This year the Hamilton Camper Care NZ Motorhome Caravan Show show featured a number of new additions:

The Leisureline Kiwi Ingenuity Area, designed for those who want to revamp what they already have. The Leisure Line Kiwi Ingenuity Area was in Brooklyn Court - opposite the main exhibition halls.

Show-goers saw the NZ Breast Cancer Research Trusts renovated caravan with interior design by Trelise Cooper. A gorgeous caravan redesigned both inside and out, courtesy of one of New Zealands favourite interior designers.

The NewstalkZB New Innovations Area. Expo-goers saw the latest in new ideas, gadgets and products designed to make the motorhome and caravan lifestyle easier and voted for their favourite.

The Destination Court offered information on how to find the perfect campground, region or event to visit while enjoying the camping lifestyle.

The free Trail-lite Seminar Series in the Trail-lite Seminar room situated in Hall A presented a number of knowledgeable speakers to help show-goers get the best from the outdoor lifestyle with a variety of topics. was among them with two seminars each day.

The GoSee song and dance team of Graham and Garth return to Hamilton with information about communications on the move.

The team from Go See Australia/New Zealand gave tips on handling motorhomes and caravans safely, including a section on tips on towing.

Bed down with Leisureline
Bed down with Leisureline

Graham Wallace, is Webmaster of and its Aussie A Dip Eng (Elec.) techo Graham shapes the websites and the ContACT Internet Solutions Group of businesses.

Based in Canberra Graham travels best with big caravans and motorhomes, but does well in the air thanks to his RAAF background.

Garth Morrison is the Internet savvy Editor of Australias biggest caravanning, touring website

He also edits GoSee New its Kiwi sister site which also has a growth graph which is in a steep climb.

Both websites were created by Canberra based ContACT Internet Solutions to show how well websites built to Keep-it-Simple work for campers and the industry.

Online, on radio and in his freewheeling caravanning information seminars at caravan, camping and touring shows there is no such thing as a silly question.

Garth helps thousands of camping Newbies get on the road through GSNZ and GSA free international websites. The recipe works as Google ranks both 5/10 among the world's best websites . and combine to help about 9000 individual visitors every day. This huge caravanning and touring audience open more than *2.5 million GSA and 250,000 GSNZ pages each month. * January 2011 figures.

GoSee Graham will drive anything - Snow Bike at Antarctic Centre
GoSee Graham will drive anything - Snow Bike at Antarctic Centre

The seminars started at 10am each day with a range of topics which include wealth creation, buyers guide to buying motorhomes and caravans.

Energy safety in Recreational Vehicles (RV's) was discussed on Thursday and Friday only between 1pm and 1.30pm. Between 3 and 3.30pm Motorhome and Caravan appliances compliancy covers supply and support issues for imported vehicles as well as looking at pitfalls and implications if there is an accident.

GoSee noted a string of innovative products which include:

Leisure Line Kiwi built for NZ conditions

Leisure Line caravans, a traditional Kiwi design with contemporary styling. Leisure Line builds to handle all weathers. Leisure Line caravans have 30mm of insulation in the walls 20mm in the floor and 40mm in the ceiling. The roof is one-piece with no joins to guarantee water seal.

The 6.5m Special Edition Elite caravan has four berths. The layout provides a great touring home and is popular throughout New Zealand.

Leisure Line Caravans says its Kiwi built caravans are built to last in New Zealand conditions. Layouts, installation, materials and finish have been chosen to give the maximum amount of product life.

Leisure Line has been involved in the manufacturing of caravans since 1973 and has taken all the best features of previous New Zealand built caravans and improved on them.

GoSee travel addict Garth Morrison Editor GSNZ and GSA
GoSee travel addict Garth Morrison Editor GSNZ and GSA

The one-piece water sealed roof used in caravans is just one example. Leisure Line custom build caravans from 4.2 metres to 8.9 metres. to fit the buyers needs as they recognise people as individuals.

The Leisure Line factory is in North Island Hamilton on 22B Kaimiro Street, Pukete. It a New Zealand family owned and operated business.

Cover Systems protect RV assets

Cover Systems Ltd - Cover Systems Ltd - Cover Systems specialises in protecting assets , Motorhome and Caravan covers are their speciality RV covers are made out of non-abrasive material and are fully waterproof .

There is a huge range of sizes available to fit all popular vehicles. Protecting your RV this winter is essential increasing resale value and saving time on cleaning and maintenance.

Cover Systems can provide the right size cover for your vehicle, and they deliver nationwide.

Easy to use Oztent pitches fast

Oztent has a three seconds to set-up tent it folds up like a wire framed Frisbee. To pitch it just throw it out and it is up, put in four pegs and all done.

GoSee uses the Oztent RV3 which met our needs. GoSee likes the optional Peak Side Panels which give more outside undercover area. The Oztent RV-3 was the second of the Oztent models to be released. It incorporates newer technology and has separate World-Wide Patents.

GoSeeNewZealand gets ready road with Hilux and Liesure Line caravan
GoSeeNewZealand gets ready road with Hilux and Liesure Line caravan

The RV-3 is a bigger tent when erected (2.4m wide) but it packs to the same length in the bag as the RV-2 (2m). The erection and packing procedure is exactly the same (in 30 seconds)

but the frame folds in a different place allowing for the same pack size as the smaller model.

It is made from high quality waterproof Rip-Stop Poly-cotton Canvas and a heavy duty heat sealed PVC floor. All Oztents are guaranteed waterproof and are covered by a full two year warranty.

A camping hint for Newbys

Always use a piece of shade cloth under your tent. GoSee has used a 6x4 metre piece for 12 years now.

It is caravan park friendly. It saves the ground from wearing in high traffic areas and does not kill the grass.

More importantly it protects your tent from mud, sand and ground moisture which is particularly annoying when trying to pack up.

Sand on your feet falls through and doesnt get carried into your tent.

It generally keeps your camping area cleaner and dryer in wet weather.

You can bang in tent pegs straight through it too.

Hema Maps 1200 camping options

Hema Maps provided 5 Discover New Zealand Road Atlas and Travel Guides (3rd edition) for the next 5 GoSeeNewZealand TravelSmart Club members prize draws. Join the free 10,000 plus member GoSee TravelSmart Club to be in the running to win members prizes every month. Click the 13th option button on the left of the GoSee Home Page and follow the prompts.

The Hema Motorhome Camping Atlas, 2nd edition for New Zealand is a guide to short term parking, camping grounds, caravan parks, rest areas, and motorhome dump stations.

It contains more than 1200 sites, scenic sites, GPS co-ordinates, pet friendly sites and author recommended sites. The New Zealand Motorhome and Camping Atlas includes the complete 3rd edition of the New Zealand Touring Atlas.

To make it easy to find the sites you are interested in, all of the sites are shown on the road atlas which is now included in the back section of the book. Simply view the maps for the areas that you wish to travel, find the relevant numbers for the areas that interest you then locate the number in the listing of motorhome parks, campsites and rest areas for all the information about the site you have chosen.

Each entry gives details of the site's facilities, as well as useful information, like who to contact for bookings, GPS coordinates and author recommendations.

Flexible cabins put go into portable accommodation

Cabins To Go Ltd provides a wide range of portable cabin solutions to meet the demand for temporary accommodation in New Zealand. A team of professional builders and electricians ensures cabins are built to the best possible standard.

All cabins are fully insulated with batts in the walls, ceilings and under the floor.

Work is done in a purpose-built factory located in Whangaparaoa which ensures a quality result regardless of weather conditions.

Marcel and Karen Bakker own the business and in 2011 have 11 years of successful business behind them. A popular option provided by the innovative business is rental through sister company Cabins To Rent. A professional builder Marcel provides quality customer service to ensure clients are more than satisfied. Karen, who has a strong customer service background, manages the administration activities of Cabins To Go.

Most units are suitable for either relocation on trucks or in most cases can be built with trailers fitted to make relocation easy and quick. Cabins are built up to 12m in length and 3m in width per unit.

Each unit is modular and can be connected to other units to form a modular constructed solution.

Cabins can be shipped anywhere in the South Pacific. Units can be provided with power connectors which allows easy connection to existing power outlets at most homes or camp sites. In most cases a building consent is not required.

Oztent, quick easy and hassle free camping
Oztent, quick easy and hassle free camping

Two nights camping in beautiful places

Onaero Bay Holiday Park, North Taranaki, and Urenui Beach Motor Camp, Taranaki provided a 2 night camping prize at either park as one of the GoSeeNewZealand the Camper Care NZ Motorhome Caravan Show prizes.

Ian, Teresa, Liam and Aidan Hayston make Urenui Beach Motor Camp, Urenui, Taranaki, New Zealand a friendly family camp with clean and modern amenities. Ureni is off State Highway 3, 2km north of Urenui township, 30km from New Plymouth.

The Beachfront and river location makes Ureni a popular family holiday option. Ureni has 130 powered and 33 unpowered sites. Activities include sheltered river swimming, fishing, whitebaiting (in season) and there is an adjacent 9-hole golf course and childrens playground.

Onaero Bay Holiday Park 11.5km north of Waitara is in a spectacular location, on both sides of the Onaero River and surrounded by native bush. It is a great outdoor environment, along with limited cellphone coverage, which means this is the ideal spot to get away from it all.

The layout of Onaero Bay Holiday Park is user-friendly, with 70 level power sites and 50 tent sites scattered across well cared for grounds.

The pretty beach is secure for swimming with good fishing and whitebaiting.

Three camp kitchens mean plenty of room for all. The amenities are excellent and the newest block is designed to provide disabled access.

Beach  fishing Onaero Bay
Beach fishing Onaero Bay

Coastal Motorhomes builds in owner comfort

Coastal Motorhomes are designed with the comfort of the end user in mind. Three models are available, the Coastal Transit, Coastal Mercedes and Coastal Fiat.

The motorhome are carefully planned and customized to suit spacious, comfortable living. Vacuum bonding eliminates delamination and makes the panels of the motorhomes incredibly strong.

Aluminium, long proven in New Zealand conditions is used on the exterior.

All of the cabinetry is handmade. European style windows come with blinds and screens and big roof vents bring in natural light and air.

The latest RV equipment and appliances are fitted. These include some extra state of the art features like the automatic satellite tracking dish, LCD TV, built in cabin heating, solar panel charging system and large capacity AGM batteries for auxiliary power. Generous water tanks supply a gas/240V hot water service which supplies the galley and the spacious bathroom with a separate shower.

AA Solar backs answers with 30 years experience

AA Solar have been in the business of designing, supplying and installing Alternative Power Systems for over 30 years. AA Solar supplies solar panels, solar controllers, deep cycle AGM batteries, battery chargers, battery monitors, electrical parts, DC - DC converters, Even chargers, tank level monitors, pure sinewave inverters and inverter/chargers and wind turbines.

The Silverdale, Auckland based company has the depth of experience to offer a full consulation and design service.

AA Solar can help with questions like -

What kind of battery should I purchase for my motorhome?

How do I know if my WET batteries are charged?

How do I know if my SEALED batteries are charged?

Why do I need a Solar Controller/Regulator?

How many Solar Panels do I need for my motorhome?

How much power does a Solar Panel actually produce?

What affect does shading have on a Solar Panels output?

Coastal Fiat lounge dining
Coastal Fiat lounge dining

Easy to use thermal cooker serves quality meals

Quarter Acre Pot adds to the GoSee TravelSmart Club prizes for the Camper Care NZ Motorhome Caravan Show in Hamilton with a thermal cooker valued at $229.

The Quarter Acre Pot cooker is the major GoSee Travelsmart Club prize for new TravelSmart Club members who join in March.

The Quarter Acre Pot is a simple to use non-electrical multifunctional appliance that can be used as a thermo cooker, cooler, Bain-Marie, rice cooker and yoghurt maker. The Quarter Acre Pot is a great traveller and is useful camping, in the caravan or motorhome at picnics in the outdoor and at events. It can also fit in at the beach, farming, at home or at the bach, in the 4WD, on the boat, or do well at a barbecue.

The Quarter Acre Pot contains two stainless steel inner pots which are designed to be used as you would your usual saucepans at home - they can be used on either electricity or gas stoves. Start the meal cooking on your stove for the short time required then leave the Quarter Acre Pot in the tent or caravan to safely continue cooking. On your return, your lovely hot evening meal is ready and waiting.

Quarter Acre thermal cooker made friends
Quarter Acre thermal cooker made friends

GoSee also had a Backsaver, valued at $30 as a prize to give away at the Camper Care NZ Motorhome Caravan Show. The comfort aid takes the 'kinks' out of seating situations. The Cuddlebuddies range of pillows was on show as well as the Sweepa broom which is great for getting pet hair off carpets and furniture.

Interislander ferries link NZ road touring

Interislanders Cook Strait Ferries offer the freedom and ease of exploring New Zealand by road. The ferries sail between Wellington and Picton New Zealand. The 92km voyage between the North and South Islands of New Zealand takes 3 hours and has been described as one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world.

The 92km journey between Wellington and Picton is one of New Zealand's most iconic tourist experiences. Interislander operates three ships, carrying both passengers and their vehicles: Arahura, Aratere, and Kaitaki.

Taking a vehicle on an Interislander ferry is as simple as parking - just drive on and drive off. Nor do passengers with vehicles have any luggage restrictions. Offering up to 11 sailings a day, Interislander passengers also have the convenience of a wide choice of travel times. Vehicles need to check in at the vehicle check-in area no later than one hour before departure time. Interislander is a division of KiwiRail Limited.

Backsaver brought smiles of relief
Backsaver brought smiles of relief

Camec experience translates into practical RV products

The Camec caravan and marine equipment company has been manufacturers and suppliers to the Recreactional Vehicle market for more than 40 years.

That experience translates into practical RV equipment.

New products include premium caravan, pop-top and camper covers and Winegard Wingman antennas. Winegard manufacture a Sensar Antenna and now the Winegard Wingman specifically for this region of the world for optimum digital transmission.

Camec says that the Australian / NZ digital free to air channels are transmitted on a higher frequency than digital channels in North America.

Camec recommends that buyers check that if a Wingman is purchased it is suitable for the region and has the letters NZ-WING above the bar code on the bottom of the box. Camec also offers a pack of four aluminium stabilisers to suit all RV's rated to handle up to 900kg per stabiliser.

Ovaland responds to RV design challenges

Kiwi owned Ovaland sees a need for quality design and workmanship in New Zealand's rapidly growing motorhome and camping industry. The Ovaland team will tackle design and build challenges.

Ovaland handles full or part conversions, alterations or repairs on motorhomes, buses, cab overs, horse trucks or race trailers. Clients choose the floor plan,interior decor,specifications and modifications to suit their lifestyle.

Ovaland supplies top quality kitchen and bathroom fittings, carpets, upholstery, curtains, window tinting, seatbelts (front rear), gas, electrics, CD players, TV/DVDs and awnings. Ovaland provides the guidance and expertise required to ensure that a clients new motorhome is something to be proud to own. They also offer affordable camper trailers which are the result of many years of research and development.

Eco package keeps RV's and environment safe

BioMagic has combined innovation and technology to work naturally to provide a solution for odour, waste control and many other applications. Simple , effective and environmentally friendly, BioMagic solutions oxygenate the setting and feed naturally occurring bacteria to accelerate natural cycles of waste and odour elimination. BioMagic says its products are non toxic, non hazardous and 100 percent environmentally friendly.

BioMagic provides an entire Eco package which takes care of toilets, grey water, Odour, laundry, all cleaning and now safe drinking Water treatment.


When using any sort of portable toilet these golden rules are helpful and

save a lot of grief.

1. Open slide

2. Flush a little water so bowl seals are wet

3. Use toilet

4. Flush after use

5. Close slide

It really works and removes any chance of building up uric acid in the seal area.

The New Zealand Motorhome Caravan Association once again linked a rally to the New Zealand National Motorhome and Caravan Show at Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton.

Camec stand offered camping options
Camec stand offered camping options
Bikini belles brought the  bouys
Bikini belles brought the bouys
Friendly faces of the Destination Manawatu team
Friendly faces of the Destination Manawatu team
Dad we need this one
Dad we need this one
Steel Fern pressure cooker got  attention
Steel Fern pressure cooker got attention