Presidents Report September 2019
Well, another month has passed and what a very busy time we have had. It started with a great get-together at the Classic Car Museum in Hamilton. What a great venue and fun. I do like old cars and they brought back happy memories.
We then toured with some Gisborne and Hawkes Bay club members via the Glen View Club to the Mystery Creek Expo.
The Motorhome, Caravan and Leisure Show was also a great get-together with the other clubs joining in with us. It was also a very busy time.
The CCNZ Inc. display site gained a lot of interest and it was very pleasant meeting with prospective members. We sure had fun and appreciate those who assisted on the stand.
A big thank you to all those that helped on the stand.
We can relax now that it is all over and may take a few days holidaying.
Motorhome, Caravan & Leisure Show
20, 21 & 22 September 2019
There was not any shortage of ideas and destinations for your next road trip and such a wide selection of accessories to make your life on the road easier. This year there were more large marquees to accommodate all the favourite products along with new gadgets and loads of ideas.
Another plus for this year was the large outdoor seating area to be able to enjoy a variety of meals and coffee etc from a varied selection of mobile vendors.
The event park and stay was very well organised and I have heard various numbers from 1300 to 1700 vehicles parked over for the weekend.
All the Motorhome and caravan agents were present even those from Hamilton that previously had open days at their own premises. This was on the basis that they could not justify the cost, but now they have realised this is the place to be. Once again I am sure the industry representatives would have been extremely pleased with the quality and quantity of the sales they secured.
It was a great weekend and for those of Waikato, Gisborne and Bay of Plenty Club members that had arranged to stay over we all managed to park in easy walking distance to each other.
For those that didn’t attend we hope that you had a great weekend and managed to enjoy the fantastic weather wherever you were and whatever you were doing.
Classic Car Museum Hamilton -13, 14 & 15 September 2019
This was an additional rally for those that were suffering from ‘Cabin Fever’ during the previous weeks of very changeable weather. For those that attended we had a great time.
As you can guess the museum and the café were both an added attraction for this weekend.
The Gisborne Club had programmed a Safari Rally to attend the show at Mystery Creek therefore this was a great venue to be able to join them and also know that there should be plenty of room without the worry about booking in advance.
Although the weather varied throughout the weekend we did manage to have our happy hours outside behind the protection of a wind break.
We all went to the Café on Saturday morning and spent quite some time being able to get together and chat in the warm.
The men of course were anxious to go ‘window shopping’ in the museum which they did after their coffee. A few ladies went as well I am sure that this was to keep their partners blood pressure under control and they didn’t get too carried away with great ideas of reliving their youth and wishing they could have a vehicle like the ones displayed.
After lunch some drove to the local Dinsdale shops to replenish supplies ready for Mystery Creek. Judith, Allan and myself enjoyed the relaxing walk to and from the shops for the exercise.
On Sunday Maurice and I returned home while the others packed up for their journey on to Glenview Club for a couple of nights.
Mt Maunganui Domain Camp August 2019
We had a lovely Rally at the Mount with South Auckland Club. We had Happy Hour with the four members there, we sat outside for a while then it was decided that it was too cold so we all went into Clothier's van, after a lot of fun and laughter we finally headed back to our vans for tea.
Saturday morning some decided to go for a walk up the hill - then down onto the track and partway round the Mount to watch a container ship come through the entrance.
Back to the van to get ready for morning tea - this we joined with South Auckland where there was a 200th Rally presentation for one of their members. Allan congratulated them on behalf of CCNZ and Waikato Club. We were given a quiz to do and after lots of fun and laughter we all parted. Some went shopping others went walking while others just had a relaxing time. Half of our members along with South Auckland Club went to the Mount RSA for happy hour and tea.
Sunday was a bit cool so we wrapped up warm and went t join with South Auckland for morning tea. The winners of the quiz were found the Raffle was drawn, then we all departed. Some were staying on for another night while others headed for home.
Raglan Motor Camp - July 2019
We arrived and settled in Friday afternoon in between heavy showers. The camp facilities were available for our use so these were made good use of during our time there. Happy hour on Friday saw us all head for our vans early as the cold was not pleasant.
Saturday dawned to more grey skies after very heavy rain through the night. After morning tea some headed for a walk over the bridge to Raglan village and the weather was kind with no grumbling about anyone getting wet.
Saturday night the Raglan Club put on beautiful meals for our group and nice the shuttle was able to transport the ones that preferred to
get a ride. The desserts were the topic of conversation Sunday morning.
We enjoyed early morning tea and some were staying on another night while the rest headed for home. In spite of the weather it was a most enjoyable weekend.
Thank you Rikie and Fred for organising us and for the lovely kiwi fruit you had brought for us.
June 14 - 16
Waiteti Trout Stream Holiday Park
Arrived at 1.00 pm and settled in by the river and by 3.00 pm all others had arrived. It was nice catching up with everyone. The Park was full which was a surprise for this time of the year. We met in the kitchen where we had afternoon tea followed by happy hour as it was a bit too chilly to sit outside. After a couple of hours we all retired to our vans for tea. A couple of rugby fans sneaked in with the Bells to watch a game.
A little overcast this morning but that didn’t stop most from going for a jaunt down to the Lake after morning tea. Alan had made some wooden puzzles which drove us mad until they were solved…..next time make them 1 piece puzzles please Allan.
During happy hour some played cards while the rest of us chatted. Another rugby game was enjoyed in Neville’s van, thank you Neville and Raewyn
Morning tea was enjoyed in the kitchen where the raffle was drawn and won by Neville & Raewyn. Not long after we all left for home after having a lovely weekend with friends
May 19 - 20
John Hutton’s Property - Putaruru
Friday: Only one couple had arrived today.
Saturday: The rest arrived though out the day in time for the BBQ tea the ladies supplied salads and lovely deserts. Thank you ladies.
Sunday: We held The AGM 9-30
At the start of the meeting we held a minute silence for the members that had passed away during the year. John was thanked for having the Rally at his place.
Averill presented Mac & Margaret with 5 pages of all the Rallies they had attended, something they will treasure forever. A Big Thank you Averill.
See You All At Rotorua.
50th Birthday & 25th N25 National Rally
Mt Maunganui College
Easter April 19 -22 April 2019
With sunny weather promised for the Easter weekend, Caravan/Motorhome friends travelling from around the country, it was going to be a great weekend to celebrate the 50 years of Caravan and Camping NZ. This weekend was also the 25th time that National Rallies had been held.
It has been quite an achievement for a group of volunteers that met 50 years ago to establish the coming together of various caravan clubs around the country. If they were only around today to see that it is was still going.
From the days of Association of Caravan Clubs to the change of name to Caravanning and Camping NZ it is still managed by a group of volunteers and maintaining it as a ‘Not for Profit’ organisation. The subscriptions paid each year are small compared to the benefits of friendships made over the years, discount at Kiwi Camps, Interislander Ferries, Batteries, Tyres and Fuel Cards and Star Camper Care Insurance.
By the time we arrived on Friday morning most of the 100 plus registered people had arrived and had enjoyed a catch up time on Thursday evening.
Friday: The official opening ceremony took place in the afternoon and the Deputy Mayor Kelvin Clout, welcomed us all to Mount Maunganui. He outlined many of the events that were on in the area over the weekend. Neville Waters who was the longest servicing member of ACC/CCNZ gave a short talk about the changes he had seen during his time involved. This was followed by Kelvin and Neville cutting the very large birthday cake and then the rally was officially opened.
The evening was spent relaxing and catching up with more people, if you felt energetic there were a few games to be played.
Saturday: Street morning teas was held and then the rest of the day was free to visit the surrounding sites.
Happy hour was at 4.30 pm and then everyone prepared themselves for the evening meal which was at the Mount RSA. We were not the only large party they were catering for that evening and they managed it all without any problems, plenty of food and an excellent selection.
A few stayed for the dancing that started later in the evening others returned back to camp for an early night.
Sunday: The now traditional Pancake Breakfast was organised by Gisborne Club ably assisted by others, pancakes, bacon, banana and maple syrup was enjoyed by everyone sitting outside under the lovely big trees.
The Easter thanks giving service, with 50 years of CCNZ was taken by Rev Derek Keatly, President Wainuiomata Caravan Club.
We are so fortunate that we have another person to step into this capacity after the passing of Eric Sweeting last year who had been taking this Easter service at the National Rallies for a very long time.
Judy and Allan Dale had arranged for their daughter Justine to organise some member of the Mount dog agility club to demonstrate their activities to us. It was incredible the attention the dogs paid to their owners for the commands required to complete each obstacle.
Another 4.30 pm therefore another Happy Hour.
Later in the evening we were fortunate to have the school caretaker entertain us with his music and singing. The active ones got up and danced.
Monday: The closing ceremony came around all too soon and it was time to say good bye to some who were leaving today. The rest were able to stay another night and enjoy an Over Stayers dinner and the drawing of the raffles.
There were 7 people sitting in our row of seats for the evening and we all were lucky to have our numbers drawn for the raffle. Some won 2 or 3 raffles. There were about 25 raffles to be won.
All through the weekend there was a display of various archives collected from the formation of the Association of Caravan Clubs, the name change to Caravanning and Camping NZ.
Especially interesting was the photo albums, and also copies of the Out and About Magazines were on display
Our thanks to Judy and Allan who organised the occasion and to all their helpers that pulled together to make the weekend such a friendly and successful weekend.
Matamata March 16 – 18 2019
Isn’t it amazing how one weekend rally can be so different from another when you are spending it with friends? Sometimes it is the weekends that have had very little planning will give the most memories. The Matamata rally was one of those occasions.
The Members of the Matamata Club made us very welcome on the Friday evening when we arrived for dinner and a drink and invited us to enjoy their hospitality during our weekend.
A quiet evening was necessary after the big meal so a game of cards was played and then to bed.
Saturday was a busy day as we had all been invited to for morning tea at 10.00 am, so there was no sleep in for the workers and we were given a warm welcome on arrival at the venue.
Several of our group had a walk around the town and were surprised with the number of shops. There wasn’t a ‘show and tell’ on their return so I do not think there was any expenditure. A quiet afternoon was then required in preparation for a bring your own Fish and Chip dinner at a member's home who lives in Matamata and was unable to attend the rally.
Sunday Morning tea was held between the vans and we seemed to find plenty to talk about until lunch time and then it was time to do the final packing and head for home.
Taupo Equestrian Centre February 22nd – 24th 2019
What a fun weekend we had – Friday evening was spent in the Hall. We all had pea, pie, pud for tea at a small charge. After tea some played cards while others just had a catch up with those in attendance.
Saturday morning was the CCNZInc meeting which was mainly finalising everything for the National Rally – quite a number have already booked for this Rally.
Meeting finished and we all had lunch. After lunch some of us went for a walk to see what was going on at the indoor centre.
There was a professional person training owners how to communicate with their horses, and the horse being able to communicate with what the owner was wanting.
At afternoon tea Margaret gave out a quiz for us all to try – it was a little challenging but we did manage to get a winner.
Tea was the usual sausages / onions put on by CCNZInc and another member added a bowl of tomatoes and a bowl of cucumbers. Thank you to Judy Miller (Gisborne Club) for that.
Once tea was over and the cleaning up had been done Margaret read out the answers to the quiz – with the usual debating and laughter about the answers. Once again the evening was spent either playing cards or chatting, and laughing.
Sunday morning arrived and everyone was busy packing up ready for home. We had an early morning tea, said our goodbyes till we all meet again at the National Rally.
A J's HORA HORA -18 19 & 20 JANUARY 2019
The Waikato River is such a pleasant place to have a rally during mid-summer. A J's provides such a restful spot to park our vans and relax after the activities of Christmas and New Year.
Five vans arrived on Friday and there was time to chatter and catch up with friends during the afternoon and evening.
On Saturday morning Anne & Henry Clothier joined our group with their van and Anne provided tasty scones and jam, still warm from the oven! Margaret C had baked a delicious sultana cake as well so how much better could morning tea be!! During the afternoon several members played Kubb, while others read or snoozed.
Henry and Neville were the Kubb champions.
‘We are the Champions’
Later in the evening we sat beside the river to enjoy our meal.
Margaret organized a golf putting competition which provided a lot of fun and laughter.
All participants collected a sweet prize for a variety of efforts.
A challenge of Quoits was held Bev Meredith proving to be the outstanding winner. Another game of Kubb brought the evening to a close.
We woke up to rain softly falling on Sunday morning, this had cleared by morning tea time. A restful morning was spent beside the river.
Lunch time rolled around after which it was time to slowly pack up and one by one head for our various homes.
Thank you Margaret and Mac for an enjoyable weekend
Dragon Fly Wood - Kaimais
14, 15 & 16 December 2018
Dragon Fly Wood Camp is a quiet and lovely place to stay everybody really enjoyed their weekend.
We walked round the gardens played Lawn darts & found the frog that we frightened away last time we stayed, talked to the Pigs who replied in their own snorts which was a little difficult to understand and generally we just relaxed in the shade.
After tea when it got dark we went for a short walk down the road to view a beautiful house & garden illuminated with thousands of Xmas Lights.
Wishing everybody a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.
24 & 25 November 2018
Apologies were received from from some of our members as they were unable to attend the Afternoon Tea.
A wet Saturday morning welcomed two vans to the car park of the Glenview Club. After lunch and a relaxed hour or two, visitors arrived for afternoon tea held in a convenient shelter attached to the club building. For the members that visited it was a delight to share with our new members. Plenty of chatter and memories about times gone by were shared over a tasty afternoon tea. Other members arrived in time for Happy Time held in the bar of the club which overlooked the Waikato River across to Hamilton Gardens.
Dinner was served in the spacious dining room and 11 persons were seated around the table and enjoyed starters after which Alan and Judith gave out the Christmas Surprise Bags and much fun and laughter was had opening the 3 gifts swapped, 1 square, 1 that made a noise and 1 edible. Mains were served and portions were so adequate that desert saw a few partners sharing a serving!
After our meal we were all invited to inspect our new members caravan. This had been built entirely by John and was absolutely amazing with the clever designing of all the essentials required built into the tear drop shape of the caravan.
After a restful wet night and a good sleep-in and late breakfast the group decided to head for home in the rain. A very happy time was enjoyed by the small numbers who were able to be present.
River Road Broadlands, Taupo.
21 - 18 October 2018
We had a lovely Rally the weather was kind. You couldn’t fault the venue with nice mowed grounds, hot water, a shelter place to hold our morning tea etc. With the added advantage of plenty of walking tracks down to the river to get our exercise. No one had taken their fishing gear otherwise we all could have had trout for tea.
On our way home from one of our walks we were able to view a collection of motor bikes which was the pride and joy of a relation of one of our members. There was certainly a variety and all well maintained with not a speck of dust on them and the Sparkling Chrome made them appear that they were only for show and not used.
Some of us watched Rugby as there were a few good games. The Mitre 10 cup final won by Auckland and instead of playing 80 minutes they had to play extra time. The game took 100 min all together.
There was an old tractor and other interesting machinery over by the far side of the paddock and it didn’t take long for the men to see what the collection was.
Hope to see you all next rally.