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Hamilton Camper Care NZ Motorhome and Caravan Show covers full range for outdoor lifestyle enthusiasts

February 17, 2012
Hamilton Camper Care NZ Motorhome and Caravan Show covers full  range for outdoor lifestyle enthusiasts

In its 8th year dedicated industry showcase, the Camper Care NZ Motorhome and Caravan Show in Hamilton, covers most interest areas for campers and outdoor lifestyle enthusiasts. It has big prizes too and a major motorhome rally thrown in from Friday, March 2 to Sunday March 4 at the Claudelands Events Centre.

Big North Island show prizes include $150,000 towards a new motorhome or caravan;

  • an ultimate Kiwi Road Trip in a luxury KEA Motorhome and stays at Family Parks Holiday Parks around the North Island.

Winners get a seven day holiday in a luxury KEA motorhome staying at their choice of Family Holiday Parks, three to be given away, one every day of the show;

  • listen to Coast FM to win a Money cant buy NZ experience, specially designed for lovers of this fantastic lifestyle.
  • Free seminars include practical topics like:

Hardcore Camping.

Buy a Motorhome.

Motorhome Travel Australia.

Earn on the road through investment.

The free Trail-lite Seminar Series in Hall A covers an amazing range of topics this year. The GG GoSee Seminar Show team are back again and they get into the reality of Hardcore Camping hot potatoes.

'GG', Graham and Garth from the Trans-Tasman GoSee road touring websites tackle a contentious range of camping questions.

What is the price of free camping?

What makes 5th Wheelers special?

What pluses add up to the best Holiday Park in New Zealand?

What RV really suits you?

What does it take to get good broadband coverage on the road?

What batteries work best?

What about solar?

What tow vehicle makes the best tug?

Graham Wallace, is Webmaster of and its Aussie partner

A Dip Eng (Elec.) techo Graham shapes the websites and the ContACT Internet Solutions Group of businesses.

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

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

Garth also edits GoSeeAustralias Kiwi sister site.

In his 8th year online with the GoSee websites he helps thousands of camping Newbies get on the road. gives site users free information on every aspect of touring New Zealand, holiday parks, destinations and attractions in the North and South Islands.

  • is on stand 73 at the Hamilton show.

The New Zealand Motorhome and Caravan Association (NZMCA) national body has organised a national rally to coincide with the show. No bookings are required there is plenty of parking available. The cost to attend the rally is $7 per night per vehicle. Any enquiries regarding the rally, please contact Lorraine Hancock on 07-846-3221 or 021-044-3858 or email

Everyone welcome, don't worry if you are not a member.

Please Note: Anyone looking at attending for the reason of selling their vehicle will need to reconsider, as there is a strict policy that vehicles canot be displayed for sale outside of the show arena. If you do have a vehicle for sale and would like it included in the show, please contact as there is a dedicated private sale area within the show.

See all the latest products, talk to the experts. All industry leaders plus an array of industry related accessory providers offer a huge selection of everything to make the outdoor lifestyle complete, or simply offer informed advice.

GoSeeNewZealand Seminar Christchurch 125
GoSeeNewZealand Seminar Christchurch 125

The Leisure Line Kiwi Ingenuity Area will inspire those who want to revamp what they already have.The unique before and after caravan will appeal to any DIYer. The Kiwi Ingenuity Area will also host exhibitors who will assist with all DIY queries.

The Leisure Line Kiwi Ingenuity Area is in Hall C - opposite the main exhibition halls.

The popular Destinations Court offers ideas of where to visit, events to see and some of New Zealand's best kept campgrounds to stay at. Perfect for those on the move. Located in Hall C, showgoers can organise holidays on the spot.

NZMCA membership good move for maximum enjoyment

Kiwis considering purchasing a motorhome, caravan, fifth wheeler or slide on camper should consider joining the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association Inc. (NZMCA).

Established more than 50 years ago, over 43,000 individual members belong to the Association.

The NZMCA says it is open to anyone with an interest in motor caravanning. In fact, you dont even need to own a motorhome or campervan to be a member of the association.

Easy to use thermal cooker serves quality meals

The Quarter Acre Pot thermal cooker 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  GoSeeNewZeal Leisure Line touring combination
The GoSeeNewZeal Leisure Line touring combination

GoSee also uses a Backsaver. The comfort aid takes the 'kinks' out of seating situations. The Cuddlebuddies range of pillows and comfort aids extends to the the Sweepa broom which is great for getting pet hair off carpets and furniture.

Oztent jumps to the camping job

Oz tent continues to provide tents which jump to the job with a minium of effort, both going up and coming down. This keep it easy and simple attitude to camping extends to a range of tent pegs which will hold their ground in a range of camping situations, including sand.

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.

Iconic Motorhomes highly practical in all weathers

Iconic Motorhomes covered the whole range of needs for travellers in all seasons.

There are three luxury camper van class levels which meet the needs of the nervous first time motorhomer through to the highly experienced traveller.

The Iconic approach to extending service into highly practical areas includes many all-weather features to provide comfortable touring all year. This means there is no restriction on when to see New Zealand. Off peak camping, with the cost benefits which come with that approach is on the agenda. The Bolero camper van is eye-catching, automatic, easy to handle and luxury equipped for two.

The Voyager motorhome handles four and is popular with families or couples who enjoy the convenience of a permanent dining area. The Kontiki is the rock star ride for four with leather clad interior.

The 2010/11 automatic smooths out the travelling. The distinctive body shell sits on an AL-KO super-low line chassis, which ensures superior ride, comfort and road handling with its wider track and low centre of gravity.


Leisure Line Caravans presents balanced Kiwi design

Leisure Line Caravans presents a balanced range of Kiwi designed and built products. They get strong interest particularly as they deal with providing caravans which handle New Zealand conditions.

They also cope with a reasonable amount of rugged going. They are not intended to handle serious off-road use but they will cope with some rugged handling and bounce back. 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.

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 takesthree 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.

Spacious GoSee Leisure Line caravan kitchen
Spacious GoSee Leisure Line caravan kitchen

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.

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.

Camec experience links 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.

United Campervans gold standard Kiwi service

United Campervans, is a New Zealand owned, family business committed to delivering excellence. Since its creation in 1991, the United brand has been synonymous with a standard of product and service that has earned an international reputation from travel industry partners and hirers alike.

In April 2003, parent company United Vehicle Rentals Ltd became the first motorhome company to receive New Zealand tourisms official quality standard, Qualmark, and in October 2004 the company became the first rental vehicle operator in the world to achieve the prestigious Green Globe/EarthCheck Benchmarked Certification standard. It remains the only motorhome rental company in New Zealand to hold EarthCheck Gold Certification.

Cookfatfree liner cuts barbecue fat

Cookfatfree has a non-stick hotplate liner which, with care will last for hundreds of uses in an attack on fat. The 400mm by 500mm Barbeque Magic liner wipes clean with paper towels after use while the barbecue is still hot or the product can be washed in hot soapy water.

The calorie chart on the Cookfatfree website shows a total fat reduction of up to 227 calories using a liner depending on whether a 180 gram potion of meat or fish is cooked fat free or with 25 grams of butter or 28 ml of extra light oil. There are interesting summer specials on the site. Cookfatfree is a division of Steel Fern.

Te Aroha offers feel-good experience

Matamata Piako District Council is promoting Te Aroha Mineral Spas and Leisure Pools and Firth Tower Reserve and Museum at the Hamilton show.

Firth Tower Museum Camping-allow motorhomes on their grounds at low cost, pets are also welcome.

The main Te Aroha 20m outdoor pool is heated to 31.2 degrees in summer and 33.5 in winter. This pool is always supervised by qualified lifeguards and it has a lift for disabled access to and from the pool.

The toddlers pool has a sloped floor so young ones can safely play in the water without getting out of their depth. This pool is slightly warmer than the main pool. Parents are asked to stay within arm's reach of their children at all times.

The spa is maintained at 38 degrees - the ideal temperature for a relaxing soak. The spa is closed for cleaning from noon on Tuesdays. Te Aroha Mineral Spas offers a luxury soda spa pool experience set in a modern replica of an Edwardian bath house. Te Aroha is about 55km southeast of Hamilton.

Motorhomes welcome at Firth Tower

The Firth Tower was built in 1882 by Josiah Clifton Firth. The Firth Tower Historical Reserve is administered by the Matamata-Piako District Council and museum exhibits and displays are the work of the Matamata Historical Society. The Heritage Centre houses the archives of the Matamata District.

Motor homes park in the spacious carpark, which offers quiet and secure overnight parking.

Cost is $5 per van per night. There is an honesty box after hours. There are six power points available, at an additional cost of $5 per night. If power is required, phone before 4pm to make sure a point is unlocked. There is motorhome association members group accommodation for 20 (or more) motorhomes for weekend camps and rallies. Cost is $5 per person per night.

Pets are welcome but cats should be kept close to home to protect birdlife. Dogs on a leash and clean up after them. Museum hours are 10am to 4pm Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

There is a dump site available, but there is a charge of $5 as it is on septic tank. A free dump is available at Railside on the Green 41A Hetana Street, along with public toilets and the Matamata Citizens Advice Bureau

Gallivanting Oz offers motorhome hire in Australia
Gallivanting Oz is all about motorhome holidays in Australia they offer motorhome, 4WD and camper hire in Australia.
They know Australia; they know the vehicles and believe in good old fashioned service. Like many other prospective travellers, benefit from their experience to match the best vehicle to your needs and budget.

The team at Gallivanting Oz has put together a useful DVD which is perfect for first time motorhome travellers to Australia it covers not only suggested travel routes and an overview of vehicle options, it also covers popular questions and information on camping. The perfect tool to get you started.

Belinda, one of the directors from Gallivanting Oz will also be presenting at 12.30pm daily as part of the seminar series to provide further information to inspire you as to where to go, and what it is like travelling in a motorhome in Australia.

Take one chicken and . . .

Nourish Magazine Editor, Vicki Ravlich-Horan will demonstrate how to prepare simple yet delicious meals while travelling at two cooking classes daily.

11am 11.45am: Take one chicken and create several great meals. With some great tips and ideas Vicki shows that, even when camping food can be fabulous.

12.45am 1.30pm: Fire up that barbecue. Expand your barbecue repertoire beyond steak and sausages. In this class Vicki shows how to cook a great dinner, including dessert on the simplest of grills.

Peter, Sheree and family live the dream

Sheree and Peter 'Spida' Everitt of The Great Australian Doorstep travel and TV show are just living the dream. They believe you cannot get a better family holiday than caravan and camping. Sheree, a born Kiwi, says - I am into an eye-opening, at times challenging but forfilling travelling experience along with our son Boston and Peters three daughters.

Caravanning and camping is something I love doing and want to take to the next level and allow others to show off what they have right on their Doorstep, Peter says. and sponsor

Camper Care New Zealand Motorhome and Caravan Show dates and hours:

Friday 2nd March - 9am - 5pm.

Saturday 3rd March - 9am - 5pm.

Sunday 4th March - 10am - 4pm.

Claudelands Events Centre, Brooklyn Rd, Claudelands, Hamilton.

Parking onsite - $2 Gate 4, Brooklyn Rd, Claudelands, Hamilton.

Admission Price:

Adult - $15.

Child 16 years and under - Free (if accompanied by an adult).

Liberty Pass - $20 (Liberty Pass gives the freedom to enter and re-enter, for the duration of the Show).

Trailite offers motorhome knowhow
Trailite offers motorhome knowhow
The  mark of Responsible Camping
The mark of Responsible Camping
Satellite connection with solar power source
Satellite connection with solar power source