Off the beaten track
Less than two weeks ago I was at Pioneer Village Kaikohe for the launch of a new TV series called RV Explorers — Chasing 100 Sunsets. The series, created by the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association, follows the adventures of two of its members as they travel to outof-the-way places throughout New
Zealand in a selfcontained motor home.
The purpose of the series is to showcase this beautiful country we live in, to encourage people into the joys of motor homing in New Zealand, and also to encourage motor home tourists to explore not only the main tourist spots but particularly those beautiful gems that are off the beaten track.
At the launch we were given an advance screening of the (still to be finalised) Far North episode. It started in the Bay of Islands, following the twin coast cycleway, through to Horeke then on through to the Hokianga, visiting the forest in the process. Local people were interviewed, side activities and sights were shown, and the scenery looks just fantastic.
This is not to be missed, and shows just how friendly the local people are, and how the motor home lifestyle allows you to interact in a personal and relaxing way, enjoying the companionship, experiencing local life, and appreciating what small off the beaten track places have to offer.
Why launch in Kaikohe? Several reasons, I suspect — the last places filmed were in the Far North, Kaikohe was relatively recently given campervan-friendly status by the NZMCA, and Kaikohe is off the beaten track so fits with the general theme of encouraging visitors to these places.
Please do not confuse those visitors travelling in certified selfcontained motor homes with tourists coming to New Zealand and travelling to the hot tourist spots in vans with few if any facilities. Such visitors require supporting facilities, as with other tourists travelling by plane or bus. They all make a valuable contribution to the economy, but do put a strain on local services such as water and sewerage, funded generally by the ratepayer. The current government recognises issues, and viable options, led by Kelvin Davis, are being considered.
NZMCA members and those living the motor caravan lifestyle, primarily New Zealanders in self-contained vehicles, are, in the main, responsible people and wish to protect the environment and the places they visit. They get involved with rallies that initiate activities such as picking up rubbish that has washed ashore on to beaches or has been left by others, even our own locals.
The show will go to air on Saturday, at 1.30pm on Choice TV. The focus will encourage motor caravaners to explore places in New Zealand that are outside the main tourist centres, allowing smaller communities like Kaikohe, and many others, a chance to participate in the growing tourism economy otherwise denied to them.
"NZMCA members and those living the motor caravan lifestyle, primarily New Zealanders in selfcontained vehicles, are, in the main, responsible people and wish to protect the environment and the places they visit."