Gisborne Caravanning and Camping Club
Our friendly members hold rallies monthly. If you have a Caravan, Motorhome or tent and would like to use it more often we would love to hear from you.
May 5 to 7 Waikane Motor Camp
May 26 to 28 Whakatane Airport
June 3 to 5 Awakeri
April 18 – 19 Tirihanga
Four vans met on Friday at the layby before Te Karaka at 9.00am. We stopped at the first sunny layby in the Gorge for morning tea then continued to Opotiki, then onto Route 35 up the coast to Tirihanga. Rex and Val caught up with us in Opotiki.
All set up by lunchtime. Lazy afternoon with happy hour in the TV lounge. Saturday was showery so morning tea back inside. After lunch it cleared up so Peter and Rex got out their fishing lines. Two fish caught by Rex which he cooked up and shared for happy hour. Inter-vanning on Saturday night. Sunday was a fine morning a walk along the Motu cycle track then morning tea outside in the sun. Then time to pack and head for home, with Joy heading toward Thames.
A good relaxing camp with good showers and kitchen area. I’m sure we will be back here again. With Rex getting 2 fish, next time more rods may come out.
5 – 7 December Xmas at the Mills property
Friday started an overcast day. 14 vans from our club arrived at Des & Grace’s home. Most were set up by afternoon tea time. Five’s under the gazeboes on the lawn.
Saturday dawned nice and sunny. Lunch was also under the gazeboes. We had 39 present for the lunch including family of some members and it was great to have children and grandchildren present. After lunch the gifts were handed out then games were played for those interested. Grace and Des invited us inside on Saturday evening for a DVD and then different games were played before retiring to bed. A shared lunch on Sunday to use up the leftovers then it was time to pack up and head for home.We have had 5 rallies since my last report, we entered a team in the Relay for Life in Gisborne and at closing on the Sunday we had raised the most money of all teams, after final tallies we were 7th good effort from us all.
28 – 30 November Wairoa
The convoy of vehicles who travelled to Wairoa met at the roundabout. The camp was full to bursting with 33 of us representing the Hawkes Bay, Wairoa and Gisborne all attending. This was the weekend that Sharon and Billy (who run the camp) opened the camp for the Christmas lighting display. The public were charged entry fee to see the lights, listen to the entertainment and enjoy the BBQ, with the money raised going to the cancer society.
The weather was good with all day sun and not he forecasted rain that was expected. Eric passed out a quiz with cryptic questions and the answers were NZ towns or areas. Sunday was also a nice day and a special morning tea presented to Lauchan who is Delys’ Grandson who’s birthday fell on this day.
15 November 2014 Garage sale
Many thanks to the members who donated items for our club garage sale. Special thanks to the members who helped out on the day, especially the early starters who helped with the setting up.
Unfortunately there was too much on this weekend. We didn’t seem to get the crowds. It was decided to repeat this again the folowing weekend at Millers home. Over both garage sales we raised $445. Many thanks once again to the early starters who helped set up and to the members who gave their time to help man the stall.
EASTERN DISTRICTS RALLY WAIROA 19/21 JULY
8 vans and one in a cabin attended from Gisborne 5 from Wairoa Hawkes Bay this was the AGM of Eastern Districts. Always great to rally with Wairoa . Wairoa also held their AGM later in the afternoon. After the meeting 5ss in the hall and then a pot luck
tea. Saturday and a cold Sunday morning. Morning tea in the sun after which Hawkes Bay members headed for home. Other headed off after lunch with 4 members staying till Monday a lovely weekend Wairoa Riverside Camp a lovely place to stay and always great to meet up with Wairoa club.
TOLAGA BAY 31 MAY/ 3RD JUNE
A very well attended rally 12 members and one visitor. Lunch and Afternoon tea in the sun 5ss in the camp kitchen Cold night but a beautiful sunny day Saturday. Morning tea in the sun most sat and chatted, games in the sun on the lawn after lunch. 5ss in the camp kitchen after which a combined soup tea was enjoyed by all Inter vanning at night. Sunday another lovely day some
went fishing other walked out on the wharf Joy caught 2 fish and gave one to Ashar Rex cooked it for him which he enjoyed. Quiet night and most headed home after lunch Monday. A great rally.
AWAKERI HOT SPRINGS 10/13 MAY
9 members headed for Awakeri 3 members staying in cabins. Most set up by afternoon tea Friday, one member had arrived Thursday. All had a swim before bed. A photo competition of guess who’s Mum this is was a little harder than expected but a lot of fun. Inter-vanning left to those who wanted to but most having a swim each night. A lovely weekend with most heading home on the Monday.
WAIROA RIVERSIDE CAMP 12/14TH APRIL
7 vans and one couple in a cabin met up with 6 from Wairoa for a weekend rally. Lunch and afternoon tea in the sun after which some walked into town to browse the shops. Saturday lovely and fine most sitting in the sun chatting. Some went to the club for dinner with others inter-vanning. Sunday another lovely day with some heading home after morning tea and other after lunch. Lovely to rally with Wairoa again.
Our next rally was a roving one organised by the Lister’s this was a hot pools rally starting in Kawerau then on to Fernlands Spa in Tauranga for two nights lovely hot pools to swim in . Then off to Matamata where we stayed at the Hobbit complex. Next morning we had a guided tour and saw where the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies were made. Well worth the visit we finished at the “Green Dragon” pub on the set where they have their own brewed beer, cider and ginger beer a visit well worth it. On to Te Aroha where we stayed the night stopping on the way at the memorial site of the DC3 crash in the Kaimai Ranges. A mystery ride our next stop a train ride in the Karangahape Gorge a few of us can now cross this off our bucket list. Then to Omokoroa to stay the night a shared BBQ tea was enjoyed by all, then a warm swim before bed. Ohiwa was our next destination we met up with more members and spent Easter in the sunshine relaxing. Monday saw us head home after 11 days travelling around.