Caravan, motorhome enthusiasts celebrate 60 years on the road
What do cab-overs, fifth wheelers, and slide-outs have in common? Caravaners know, and will be happy to explain the terminology this coming long weekend.
The New Zealand Motor Caravan Association is holding its 60th annual national Easter Rally and at the Levin Event Centre, in the town’s AP and I Showgrounds, from March 24 to 28.
Hosted by the Wellington branch, the national association has more than 64,000 members, and more than 1500 people in 750-odd self-contained vehicles are expected to turn up.
Self-contained vehicles are those that hold fresh water and grey tanks, and have separate cassettes for waste. This gives them the freedom to camp at leisure, able to take advantage of designated areas.
Trade exhibitors will be bringing the latest in new motorhomes, camping gear, along with the latest gadgets and products, to view and buy. There will be two public open days – Saturday 26, and Sunday 27, from 10am to 4pm – with a market day on Sunday.
A spokesperson says the rally is a good opportunity to see the range of different makes and sizes of vehicles; to talk to members about their vehicles and lifestyle, as well as to exhibitors about the latest vehicles available.
It’s a far cry from 60 years ago. At Easter 1956 a small number of enthusiasts, the nucleus of the association, first camped together at Clifton Beach, near Hastings.
the latest in motorhomes, caravans and camping equipment will be on display during the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association diamond jubilee at Easter.