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Just under 12,000 in three days at buzzing Hamilton NZ Motorhome and Caravan Show

March 03, 2012
Just under 12,000 in three days at buzzing Hamilton NZ Motorhome and Caravan Show

The Camper Care New Zealand Motorhome and Caravan Showgot off to aflying start with 4000 visitors Day 1 and followed that with 3200 on Day 2 in the face of severe storm warnings. It reached just under 12,000 in three days,more than the total for the previous four day show.

The show has streamlined to three days at the nowfully completed Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton. The near 12,000 attendance result came despite direforecasts of a weather bomb for the Saturday.

More than 420 motorhomes and caravans rolled in for the NZMCA rally which wasonce again held in conjunction with the show.

The KEA, Family Parks two weeks in a motorhome, staying at family parks prize got more than 5000 enteriesnationwide. The prize also included $600 worth of petrol vouchers.

Show dates for thenextChristchurchevent at the CBS Canterbury Arena are November 9 to 11. Hamilton show 2013 is set for March 1 to 3. Organisers, the Classic Events team, told GoSee they arelooking at options to utilise more indoor space at Claudelands. This is in response to exhibitor interest in bigger sites.

GoSee did a double-take on US imports shown by Nick and Karen Eagle of Wainui RV. They include a bargain big family caravan. Therewas also 5th Wheeler luxury from $NZ125,000 at the show.

GoSee was told that Kiwi retirees are into a new niche market. They buy 5th Wheelers as retirement homes. The go industry sources say is to sell the family home, use part of the proceeds to buy a luxury 5th Wheeler and then have it towed to their favorite campsite or personally owned patch of paradise. The balance goes into investments to keep the dollars coming in while they enjoy timeout in New Zealand and extended international touring experiences.

Impact Toy Haulers stopped GoSee again with big answers to getting more into and out of caravans. They are part of the display being put up by Kiwi RV Imports. The result is an all-rounder with multi beds and accommodation options combined with a drop-down ramp which allows big boys toys to be loaded easily.

Mountains to the Sea RV has original design thoughts in its Chapparal. These extend to mouldings which allow full clearance for the rear roof of its Triton ute prime mover.

Touring entertainmentelectronics supplier RSE told GoSee their stand got stronginterest from showgoers on the move with children.

Freeview NZ has an interesting WiFi reversing GPS set-up whichis a GPS converted to a reversing camera when poweris activatedby engaging reverse gear. The only wiring required is the 12 volts to the camera which can bepicked upfrom thereversing lights connection.

GoSee notes a significant increase in the number of Kiwi's interested inextended touring in Australia. For the first time in four years at shows in the North and South Islands this brought enquiries about using caravans in Australia. Some showgoers GoSee spoke to already have an RV based in Australia.

The traditional Kiwi interest in motorhomes continues of course, but GoSee is providing answers to plenty of questions about the type of accommodation available in Australian caravan and holiday park cabins.

The NZ concept of cabin is basic bed. Sothe Australian cabin accommodation which extends to ensuite often up to apartment level is something of a revelation.

With Queensland, NSW and Victoria battered by bad weather there is opportunity for Trans Tasman tourism.

Here are some impression of the show through the lense of GoSee cameras -

Beds wind into place in the Toy Hauler
Beds wind into place in the Toy Hauler
$125,000 5th Wheeler
$125,000 5th Wheeler
Lounge space Wainui RV 5th Wheeler
Lounge space Wainui RV 5th Wheeler
Lounge or  bed  in the Toy Hauler
Lounge or bed in the Toy Hauler
Real bedroom  comfort Chapparal 5th Wheeler
Real bedroom comfort Chapparal 5th Wheeler
One Stop Super Pot  pulls showgoers
One Stop Super Pot pulls showgoers
GoSeeNewZealand stand and friends
GoSeeNewZealand stand and friends