Cou­ple sell up life­style block, fol­low dream


It was a health scare that got Janine and Stephen Cook­sley think­ing about what they re­ally wanted to be do­ing for the rest of their lives.

And that turned out to be spend­ing a lot more time on the road.

‘‘We both had health is­sues last year and some­how got through Christ­mas, which wasn’t a lot of fun,’’ says Janine Cook­sley. ‘‘We al­ready had a mo­torhome so we went to Lake Kara­piro for a break. While we were there we saw a lux­u­ri­ous new Trail­lite mo­torhome and went and vis­ited the own­ers.

‘‘We came back to our old mo­torhome and I said, ‘That’s it. We’re go­ing home, and we’re go­ing to put the house on the mar­ket, and we’re go­ing to re­tire and fol­low our dream’.’’

And they did. They sold their Waiuku life­style prop­erty, bought a lock-up-and-leave house in Vo­gel­town, Taranaki – close to fam­ily – and bought a larger, brand new lux­ury Trail­lite mo­torhome.

‘‘So many peo­ple have missed out on their dreams be­cause they’ve waited too long,’’ Cook­sley says. ‘‘I didn’t want that to be us.’’

Janine had been a se­nior man­ager at West­pac, and Stephen was semi-re­tired from his job as a main­te­nance en­gi­neer at the Glen­brook steel mill. They had owned their prop­erty for 23 years and ad­mit it was ‘‘a very big change’’.

But as soon as they picked up their new mo­torhome, they put Labradoo­dle Mul­li­gan on board and were off. ’’Mul­li­gan just loves it. He loves meet­ing all the peo­ple and get­ting out and about,’’ said Janine Cook­sley.

The cou­ple say they hit­ting the road in a mo­torhome has opened their eyes. ‘‘We dis­cov­ered you don’t know New Zealand un­til you get into a mo­torhome. I thought we knew this coun­try quite well from camp­ing. But we have dis­cov­ered the most amaz­ing and spe­cial places we didn’t even know ex­isted.’’ The Cook­sleys have a cus­tom in­te­rior for their mo­torhome, choos­ing to have an ex­tra-large, light-filled liv­ing area, and smaller sleep­ing space. And they have an awning for out­door liv­ing.

The mo­torhome is fully self­con­tained, with its own kitchen, toi­let and shower, and there are so­lar pan­els gen­er­at­ing power.

‘‘We can go on the road in­def­i­nitely,’’ Janine Cook­sley says. ‘‘Some­times we stay in camp­ing grounds and other times we love free­dom camp­ing.

‘‘The peo­ple you meet along the way are just amaz­ing, and we’ll sit around with a glass of wine and share our favourite places.’’

Stephen and Janine Cook­sley of Waiuku have dis­cov­ered many spe­cial places since hit­ting the road in a mo­torhome.

The Cook­sleys have swapped their life­style prop­erty for a home one the road.

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