House buses get together
They began assembling early Tuesday and by Saturday of Labour Weekend there were 42 vintage house buses parked at Woodville’s Ferry Reserve.
Organising a gathering like this is possible only through social media.
Sharla May, editor of the NZ Tiny House and Alternate Living Conference site put out an invitation to meet at Ferry Reserve over Labour Weekend. New residents in Woodville Matt and Molly Foster did the ground work organising the reserve — and it happened.
Every house bus is the unique creation of its owner. Molly says they “are made with love”.
Some buses are really old, like Merv and Joan Pointon’s 1970 Bedford VAS bus they have been travelling in for 25 years.
Others are newly-fitted out creations of older vehicles, like Sharla May’s bus, on the road for the first time. Some have solar power, others generators, all are different colours, shapes and sizes.
John and Beverly Perrett from Stratford built their traditional gypsy house replica 20 years ago, put it on a new chassis last year and regularly travel on extended holidays throughout New Zealand with their dog Heidi.
The owners are as unique as their vehicles — ranging from a young family to an 82 year old still driving his Bedford. Camaraderie is the key attraction for a meeting like this. They meet to swap experiences and ideas, have fun and adventure.
They were really chuffed to experience two busloads of motor homers visiting at the Woodville Race Course on Saturday morning and were pleased to welcome other visitors.
“We’re not weirdos,” says Holly. “We just ordinary people seeking a different way of life — sometimes permanently and sometimes just for a break.”
Merv and Joan Pointon from Marton with Ken Handcock of Levin by the old converted 1970 Bedford VAS.
Organiser of the gathering Sharla May with her dogs Ava and Harvey.
John and Beverly Perrett from Stratford with their traditional gypsy house.