President’s Report January 2019
Christmas has now passed and we had an enjoyable time for Christmas with our family. I hope you all had a great time.
We are sorry we could not get to join you all at A, J,’s for the weekend but we had our son’s milestone 50th birthday to celebrate. I hear you had a great time there.
We are looking forward to the next rally get-together at Taupo and looking to have a great dinner with other folk there. It will be interesting as final plans for our National Rally at Mount Maunganui College will be sorted. We need to keep the dates of Easter free to join with people and memories of 50 years of CCNZ Inc behind us.
President’s Report December 2018
Christmas has now made itself known to us all with a very busy lead up to it. We are now going to relax and have an enjoyable time for Christmas with our family.
We had a very enjoyable weekend at Dragonfly Woods and always finding something else. After finding the frog hiding on top of the lily leaves we also discovered a very well lit up Christmas decorated house just across the road from our camp. It was fantastic.
Well, we had better get going so A Very Merry Christmas to you all and we hope to see you all making a Happy New Year starting at our first rally at A.J.s.
Presidents Report November 2018
Another month has disappeared and a very enjoyable Christmas weekend has just been. What a great time we all had.
I would like to thank our visitors who were able to come for afternoon tea and also to those who managed to stay for dinner as well. Those of you with health issues, I am really thinking of you and send you my best wishes for a happy Christmas and hopeful recovery. Those unable to come that had family commitments, yes, families are a priority.
This weekend was filled with laughter and much joking and we also had father Christmas Surprise bags at dinner time that caused more laughter. I wonder if the piglets have stopped squawking yet.
We are looking forward to a relaxing weekend at Dragon Fly Wood, a great garden and may be a game or two between times.
Presidents Report September / October 2018
Two rallies have come and gone since the last newsletter.
It was great to catch up with everyone that went to the Motor Home and Caravan Show in September.
It was an excellent weekend with a lot of interest shown in the Waikato Club and we hope that we will meet these people at a rally soon.
We were ready for a relaxing weekend at Broadlands and the venue never lets us down. The lazy walks along the river side, helps to clear our conscience because it was nice to sit and catch up with everyone. Then the covered area was a great asset as we rested our weary legs from the walks. The rally programme of where we had a continuous morning tea to lunch to afternoon tea to happy hour worked well.
Our next rally will be the Christmas rally at Glenview Club. This is the first time for a while that we have the Christmas Rally in November. We will be able to judge if it was a good idea or not. This has given us the opportunity to have a relaxing weekend away at Dragon Fly Wood in December before the stress of Christmas.
It was sad to hear of the passing of Keith Parker and our condolences go to June and all the family.
President's Report - August 2018
Another great weekend that really went well. It was great to catch up with our visitors Mary and Audrey who came to join with us on Saturday. We all enjoyed another competition provided by the Museum. Trying to find the numbers to enter on the quiz sheet was quite a challenge. It was also fun to see the trains running in the carriage by where we were parked.
We are now sorting out our rally dates and venues until the end of the year, please check these on another page.
I look forward to seeing you at the Mystery Creek Leisure Show and please let us know who will be there so I can reserve some sites.
For those of you on the ‘not so good’ list, our thoughts are with you and we wish all the best.
President's Report - July 2018
Once again another great weekend as we socialised at the Hamilton Classic Car Museum. With the weather very unpredictable the Juke Box Café was very enticing as we enjoyed lunch on Saturday and morning tea on Sunday.
Let’s keep up with our great get together weekends.
Looking forward to Firth Tower’s weekend and hope that those that we haven’t seen lately will be able to join us.
We do miss you.
For all those on the ‘not so good list’, our thoughts are with you and we send our bests wishes to you all.
President's Report - June 2018
We sure had a great weekend at the Raglan Club enjoying each other’s company and challenges.
It was a way to keep fit with walking over the bridge to order everyone’s tea then back again to collect everyone’s tea for Friday night.
We all ate our “Fish and Chips” in Neville’s new Motorhome to christen it. The next morning we all got going and walked over the bridge again to see where we got our dinner from. Neville shouted us all an ice cream then we walked back over the bridge again.
Saturday evening w had a great meal at the Raglan Club followed by us all watching the football after it. The weather was good during the day and it got rid of the rain when we were sleeping. I haven’t mentioned all the window shopping we did – what a lovely little town and a great weekend was had by all.
Looking forward to catching up with you all again when we get back – at the Classic Car Museum.
President’s Report - May 2018
The Waikato Caravan Club held its Annual General Meeting in August. Some members came for the day and others stayed over in their motor homes or caravans and enjoyed a very social time together.
Although we were small in number we were able to get through the Annual General Meeting prior to lunch and then be able to enjoy the rally.
It gives me pleasure to fill the position of President for the next twelve months. I really appreciate the support you all have given me.
It was a great weekend at Putararu socialising with you all and I am looking forward to the year continuing with all the pleasures that we as a club enjoy.
I will even bring along another game I call Lawn Darts this is a fun game to play and the only rule we follow is to enjoy and have fun.
See you at the next 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.
Motor Home and Caravan Show, Mystery Creek, Hamilton
15, 16 & 17 September 2018
There were several members that visited the show during the 3 days it was open.
This show is always full of temptations with plenty of motorhomes, caravans, electric bikes and accessories to full fill everyone’s dreams.
There was more of everything than the year before. I felt there was too much to see and to close together that it was not easy to get around all the stands in the main inside area.
The marquee that had all the smaller exhibitors was well attended and the people ‘manning’ the stands were very friendly and also enjoying the relaxed atmosphere.
The CCNZ stand was well attended with many visitors inquiring about the association and were also pleased to hear that there are smaller friendly caravan clubs to join. We look forward to welcoming those from the Waikato area to our rallies.
Allan, Judy and their small team did extremely well and next year they are hoping that more members will be available to assist them on the stand. Allan took advantage of meeting with many of the stall holders and has made some very valuable contacts for the Association.
Firth Tower - Matamata 17 19 August 2018
We had a real medley of weather this weekend. Heavy rain showers in most places in morning on Friday and slowing clearing in the afternoon.
Firth Tower Museum is an excellent venue for a winter rally. The grass area where we were parked on was surprisingly dry considering the rain we had. The dining room and kitchen area that we hired was ideal. Hot water, television, table and seating, and electric heaters. It was all very nice and cosy. We all met and greeted for afternoon tea and happy hour.
Saturday weather-wise turned out to be a real beauty. All members were given a Treasure Hunt form supplied by the museum office.
Trying to solve the 32 clues proved time consuming and challenging.
As we had members visiting for the day we had the formal duties and drawing the raffle instead of on Sunday.
There were two very close contenders for the top score for the most clues in the treasure hunt.
Saturday night the All Blacks were playing Australia in Sydney hence the late starting time of 9.45. Most watched the game in their own vans.
Sunday morning was a cold one. Heavy fog came down after a good frost. No one was up early enough to see the white frost but Allan found some ice half an inch thick to prove it. A few members stayed on for lunch with the others departing their different ways.
Classic Car Museum- Hamilton 20 – 22 July 2018
When we arrived at the Rally two couples were already there and settled in. On arrival we visited both couples then went and prepared our lunch, we had almost finished lunch when another couple arrived - making 4 in residence. Later in the afternoon one more arrived - now 5.
The weather wasn't too bad but we decided it was a bit cool so we all went into one van for Happy Hour - then back to our own vans for tea. Some did inter-vanning while others watched the Rugby.
Saturday dawned rather nice with blue skies so we all had morning tea together outside. I went and checked on the Restaurant to see if it was alright for us to come over for lunch.
They asked if we could come over early as they had a group of 40 booked in for lunch. What a lovely meal we had and very reasonable. We all sat and talked for a while then 3 of us went for a walk to Dinsdale, just got back and our son and daughter in law arrived so we went over for a coffee with them. Saturday night Happy Hour was held in two vans (Too many to all fit in one van). Back to our vans for Tea then those who wanted to inter-van did while others watched more Rugby.
Sunday was a bit cool so we went into the Restaurant for morning tea and our good-byes. Allan thanked everyone for coming and said it was a lovely weekend catching up with everyone again and a good number of vans.
Raglan Club, Bow Street, Raglan 14, 15 & 16 June 2018
Although this rally was small in numbers due to winter sickness, other commitments and the weather forecast not promising sunshine, the rally was still held and we had an enjoyable time together.
We had a lovely Rally, Friday we had Happy Hour then fish & chips in Neville’s new van.
Saturday Morning we walked along the main street and browsed around in the shops
There were Interesting things to see, no purchases (Cupboards are full).
Saturday afternoon we had to stretch our legs so off for a walk though the town and over the new walk bridge to the little shop near the Raglan camp grounds. Neville shouted us all an ice cream then we all had an afternoon rest sitting on the seat outside the shop just looking at the lovely new play ground and putting the world right.
We had tea at the Club great service and a very tasty meal then we watched the All Blacks game at the club.
We were lucky with the weather no rain in the day time.
There was a 16 meter long Bus seating 52 passengers that went to Hamilton every week day
It was parked in the club parking area taking workers to work, what a long bus to travel that road every day. Mac & I went the Morrinsville way home and missed the Field Day Traffic.
We hope everyone is keeping warm and looking forward to see you at the rally soon.
Bell's property Pirongia 20 – 22 April 2018
We arrived on Friday at about 1.20 pm, sat in the Van and had Lunch then went to visit Margaret and Mac who were already in residence, had our cup of tea with them, then Neville arrived to tell us where afternoon tea would be. As the day moved on more vans arrived – finally a total of 8 Vans were in residence. We had afternoon tea in the shed (lovely and warm) this ran into happy hour. We all went back to our vans for Tea. After Tea some of us went into the house for the evening. The men played pool and watched the Rugby, while the ladies sat and talked and sang, while Annie played the piano for us to sing to.
Saturday was showery so we had morning tea in the shed – with Hot Savouries supplied by Raewyn and Neville. After morning tea we all sat and socialised with everyone, Bev, Len and June had come out to have morning tea with us.
We had an early lunch then all got into 2 cars for a trip out to almost Kawhia – fantastic trip looking out over the farmland – not much traffic on the road we took.
At the turn off we stopped at the “Road House” where most of us had an ice-cream, some had coffee –then continued the round trip back to Pirongia. From the Road House we could see the town and harbour of Kawhia.
On our return we all gathered for afternoon tea. Saturday was a busy day with 2 couples taking off for Birthday Parties and Wedding Anniversaries. They were all back in time for afternoon tea which was almost over when John arrived. This over we all went back to our Vans to get ready to go out for Tea.
We needed 3 cars to get everyone to the Restaurant. What a lovely evening we had – the meal was really enjoyable with lots of fun and laughter. Shame about the custard but it didn’t matter – the ice-cream freezer was just wheeled out instead. Meal over we went back to the cars for the trip back to Raewyn and Neville’s for supper and more hilarity in between trying to watch the Rugby with the channels changing.
Sunday turned out nice but it was time to pack up to get ready to leave. We had morning tea in the shed again – June and Keith came out to join us again and we had Anzac Biscuits for morning tea which Raewyn had made and Anzac Day being on Wednesday
. Some left straight after morning tea while others stayed on for an early lunch. Thank you Raewyn and Neville for the lovely weekend.
Dragon Fly Wood Campervan Park & Garden,
1315 Omanawa Rd, Off S.H.29 16 - 17 March 2018
What can I say, this camp is just a Lovely tranquil place to spend a relaxed weekend, with a canopy of larger trees over the garden and pools with water lilies. Margaret W and others were intrigued with a iridescent Green Frog sitting on a leaf. Is it a live or is it an ornament?
So that a decision could be made, the better got to Margaret W. and she was going to touch it with a leaf and then there was an almighty yell from others as the frog leaped out of sight. Now we know for next time it is not an ornament.
We played Kubb once again and I think the teams that had Averill in it were the winners.
Even with various ‘Play Offs’ it was still Averill’s team that was the winner.
There might be a little bargaining if Averill is around when we pick teams
next time, be quick on this Averill you could make on this.
Margaret and Maurice Worthington receiving their 400th Rally badges from the CCNZ Middle Districts Delegate and Waikato Club Vice President Mac Chubb.
Mac had another Birthday Party with Members, afternoon tea that ran into Happy hour he really has had a lovely Birthday.
Mac would like to say THANK YOU for the Cards & Best wishes.
It seems that this was another weekend of food.
Our thanks to Raewyn for the lovely warm muffins for morning tea and Margaret W brought a cake to celebrate their 400 rallies with CCNZ.
TAUPO EQUESTRIAN CENTRE 16 17 18 February 2018
Waikato Club held their rally in conjunction with CCNZ Quarterly Council Meeting at Taupo Equestrian Centre.
The shade of the large oak tree near the parked vans was so appreciated on Friday. The afternoon heat was extreme and all campers just relaxed and chatted from one cuppa to the next, then a wander across the field to view the large new International Equestrian Centre arena and facilities. What an amazing building. Happy hour followed after which pies, peas and potatoes were provided for an outdoor meal on the terrace of the equestrian hall. This was very much appreciated by all, the pies being very tasty and in abundance.
Saturday morning was meeting time for CCNZ, held in the equestrian hall and Waikato members were kindly invited to join in for a lovely morning tea. Thank you Margaret.
The shade of the old oak tree was appreciated once more for the group to enjoy while eating lunch, after which Worthingtons supplied several 'brain teaser' puzzles that kept us all occupied. Some were better than others at solving these but it was a lot of fun trying.
Following afternoon tea Kubb was played. Two teams of 6 persons in each competed with rumbustious action and comment.
Happy hour provided more companionship while sausages were bbq'd and salads that had been prepared by CCNZ members were devoured with appreciation by all attending. Following clearing up from our tea we went into the hall and enjoyed playing Horse - Beetle. Such a fun team dice game that provides plenty of noise and laughter.
Sunday morning the bbq'd sausages left over from the night before were enjoyed at a combined breakfast on the terrace and entertainment was enjoyed watching competitors and their mounts competing out front of the building.
Campers headed on their various ways throughout the morning.
Thank you Margaret and Maurice for hosting a thoroughly enjoyable weekend.
A.J’s Park 19 and 20th January 2018
All members were in camp and parked by 2.30 pm on Friday afternoon. A shower of rain had us a little concerned at lunch time but it cleared and we all got together under Bell’s awning for afternoon tea, which followed on to Happy Hour.
It was a lovely evening so after dinner we were all outside trying to play a new game call Kubb. We needed to organise our selves into two teams and after much practice and laughter one team became the winner.
We gathered outside for morning tea where we were joined by two members that were not able to join us for the full weekend. us. One person was our President John who was able to presented Ann and Peter with there 300 rally bars and cards from CCNZ.
A shower of rain drove us inside about 11.45 am although it did not come to much.
Lunch outside and we all sought shade. The afternoon blended thru to smoko and happy hour.
After another few games of Kubb after tea some members sat out watching the water. It was a very warm evening and night.
Sunday morning we all gathered for morning tea and the drawing of the raffle.