Palmerston North Caravan Club
Secretary: Bev Masters Ph: 06 357 2287
President: Graham Morow-Griffin Ph: 021 2106 3851
Safari to Camper Care Show at Mystery Creek and Home again.
From Tuesday 12th to Tuesday 19th September 2017.
We left Levin Tuesday Morning and arrived in Waiouru lunch time, had lunch in van then went over to the museum met Kay there and said we would catch up after we had a look through as we hadn’t been for some years. They were doing renovations so it was fun and games with my travel scoot getting around and finding the lifts but it just added to the fun. I couldn’t believe the medal room with hundreds of draws absolutely full of medals. Graham found some belonging to his old minister which was quite a buzz. We were in there for 3 to 4 hours and could have stayed longer. Had afternoon tea with the Mills and then Bruce and Lynn arrived at our van for happy hour.
Wednesday we headed to Kakahi which we had to ourselves just a few visitors during the day it is a lovely spot with a few trees and the river of course Graham had to have a fish even though the river was muddy, of course he didn’t catch anything ha ha. I went for a walk in the evening up the road and was in the midst of all the glow-worms the only words I can describe it is magical well worth the effort. Thursday, we drove to Mangakewa, Graeme and Kay went on to Mystery Creek as they had a powered site booked and relations to visit. Shirley and Jan arrived with no problems on the road up. This is once again a delightful spot with the locals trying to restore the native bush and bird life, it was just a shame that it had been so wet that we did not want to venture up the tracks. It has excellent toilets and the rubbish is collected at least twice a day. On to Mystery Creek we were much better placed this year as we were on slightly higher ground then off to the show. I had to be very careful with my travel scoot as many people would have liked it. A great expo with plenty of accessories for the (leisure) campers, as I was looking at some glasses I heard a voice calling my name it was my neighbour of some 30 years ago who is now living in Whangarei what a great catch up so that took care of the evening. Saturday back to the show again watched a chef cook a meal he was great but don’t ask me his name, another full day there met up with my friends again she on her travel scoot me on mine and another lady with one joined us for lunch caused quite a stir, counted 5 this year, only 2 last year.
Happy hour was held in a building right beside us. A mixed bunch but we all seemed to find something in common and the chatter and laughter was great for the soul. Sunday, we were on the road again all by ourselves as everyone else had places to go things to do people to meet. Mangakino was the first night’s destination Graham wanted to stay on the island but it was too wet everywhere so we had prime spot opposite the boat ramp, next was 5 Mile Bay, glad we arrived there early as most of the grass areas were under water and many came in and had nowhere to park, Vinegar Hill was our last stop where we enjoyed our lunch and after waiting awhile decided no-one would be joining us so came on home.
Dannevirke Motor Camp. 20th - 23rd October 2017
“WOW” what a surprising weekend we had with 14 vans arriving and parking on the gravel surface. It was great to see two new couples join us as visitors for the first time. Arriving on Friday mid dayish and after setting up we all enjoyed some social time and eating lunch sitting in the sunshine together. As more vans arrived they joined in with afternoon tea then happy hour. It was decided we would have a quiet night so after happy hour we returned to our vans for dinner. Saturday morning dawned beautiful and sunny so after morning tea Brian set up a Peteque mat on the grass and we challenged each other with new comers winning the game. Chris set up a competition with a target and golf clubs/balls. People who wanted to have a go did and others sat around enjoying the beautiful weather. Saturday night an inter-van quiz was handed out and challenged our brains for the answers. It was great to see many participate in this activity and enjoy themselves. Interesting as 3 vans arrived at the same number correct. Sunday was another beautiful day so we all took advantage of it and sat outside for morning tea and lunch. Some of us tried our hand at rock painting with Jocelyn's rock being chosen at best painted rock. These rocks were left on the bbq table for the public to find or hide. Sunday night's activity was a games night and it was inter-caravanning once again, but people had to change vans from the previous evening. Monday morning wasn't as bright and sunny but a little overcast but still warm and comfortable enough to enjoy morning tea and prize giving outside. Most vans had packed up and moved off by lunch time.
Rally Kersel’s Patch.
Most arrived on the Friday and Karen and Graham celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at happy hour. After tea we got together and everyone gave a brief talk about their early history.
Saturday morning tea Margaret put on some special eats for her birthday. Afterwards we went down to the willow tree in the dry creek and cut some branches which where for making a bow and arrows. Those that wanted to selected their branches and prepared them to make some arrows and a bow which they make up with a piece of fishing line.
In the afternoon we had a shooting contest for the longest shoot and for the one that could hit the target. Graham was the winner of both.
Happy hour, followed by tea with deserts supplied. Evening we had a card and parcel game, followed by a jigsaw making contest by 4 groups of 4 with the group who completed their jigsaw the fastest being the winners.
Sunday most sat outside, which was normal during the weekend and enjoying the sunshine without the wind. No one was in a hurry to leave.
A Little Country Ramble Friday, Ferry Reserve
We arrived 12.30 to find some already there. A fine afternoon sitting around in the SUN welcoming the others as they came. We had 10 vans in all and a nice group size.
During happy hour a few dark clouds arrived and delivered a heavy prolonged downpour, which sent us all back to our vans, until about 6pm when a few came back outside again.
Saturday At morning tea we were handed out directions to our next camp to the navigators. We started with crossing the river at the Balance Bridge and we continued on all back roads to the hall at Nireaha. A lovely drive, sunny and calm.
After lunch everyone jumped on board a vehicle to go to the end of the Mangatainoka Road at Putara to where you can enter the track system and tramp North or South, or over to Otaki or Levin.
After tea we met in the Hall and had some ice cream cones before starting the game of “ One minute please”. Everyone had to pull out of a hat a subject to talk on for one minute. They had the choice to do a forfeit if they couldn’t. Most chose the subject. Those that had a forfeit did well with a tongue twister or other - Bev sang a nursery rhyme.
We then had a laugh about the antics of a couple of the drivers and the directions, most were quite happy, however two got into a bit of bother.
Graham went past one turn because Karen hadn’t noticed the turn, and he managed to recognise the mistake.
Bruce went where he was told, and it seems they went a bit further than necessary and happened upon a road that was in their directions. I’m glad we weren’t following them.
Sunday Morning We had had some rain overnight, so it was decided to put the BBQ breakfast off until Monday morning, and after morning tea and a tidy up we proceeded to Eketahuna Camp. The sun had come out again and the camp looked lovely. We all had hopes of it fining up and drying out but
Another great firm has joined with us to help our members. When you go in our account number is “Caravann You also need to pay at that time. All is looking great, use it and it will be noted to get statistics.
Unfortunately the rain came back heavier. We had Inter-vanning for happy hour, and by 7.00 pm after seeing the forecast for the weather next day, the breakfast was called off until the next morning.
We all stood around under awnings for the lucky van and raffle draws. A spell of fine weather Although we were on the grass we all got off without too much bother. Not the summer rally that had been planned. Interestingly after we got home Ryan found there was a one kilometre difference in our distance going to Eketahuna on back roads, and coming home on the main road.