Saturday, 7 October 2017

Whanganui River Top10 Holiday Park–22-25 September 2017

There were 8 vans in attendance over the course of the weekend, some left early and some arrived later. But it was a very good turnout none the less. This is a camp we last visited at Easter 2002 so it has been a long time between drinks (15 Years). The camp at that time was known as the Aramoho Holiday Park and before that the Aramoho Motor Camp.

For those who may be interested the members attending in 2002 were: Benton, Canvin, Kilmartin, McCawe, Chippindale, and Parker/Alloway. Oh the memories.

We were grateful for the hard standing after all the rain that has been about.


It was good to see Pamela and Don back amongst us once again. To celebrate the event they went out and bought a new van for us all to ogle over.

It looks a treat doesn't it.

The rally family organized a visit to an historic church on the Saturday. St Paul Anglican Memorial Church,Putiki, Whanganui was a real treat. What a lovely building. The church is still holding regular services and we were requested not to take photos inside  so you will have to take our word that it was stunning inside, with ornate carving and woven panels. It is worth a visit if you are ever in Whanganui. There is a cost involved to visit and tickets are arranged through the Isite.

St Pauls Anglican Memorial Church, Whanganui

We returned to camp and awaited the evenings entertainment of the election results – riveting stuff. Sunday we went to Durie Hill to visit the only underground lift in NZ and the WW1 memorial tower. Some chose to walk up the stairs while the rest took the antique lift.


240m tunnel to the lift

WW1 Memorial Tower

The lift was opened in August 1919 for the new home owners of Durie Hill so that they could get down the hill to work in the city. Click here to find out more about the lift.

Looking upstream towards the camp from the top of the tower.

Sunday night we had a film courtesy of Selwyn and his projector. The film chosen was Mama Mia so all the females were able to swoon over Pierce Brosman, Colin Firth etc, while the males just yawned. The music was good though.

Another great rally, thank you to the Canvins (Rally Family) for a well researched rally. Organizing an Election for the weekend must have taken some doing.

See you at the next rally which is the Wellington CC joint rally in Marton for the “Shemozzle” in Hunterville. Last weekend 28-30 October.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Himatangi Holiday Park 7–9 July 2017

This rally we had 8 vans in attendance, one of which is a prospective new member. Welcome to Dave & Jennie and their furry friend “Mason”.


Some of the Vans in Attendance.

The rally was at the Himatangi Holiday Park which is a favourite of the club. The place is always clean and tidy and the proprietors are most friendly and accommodating.


At this rally we met “Mason” for the first time and he is very frisky but he is still very young. He is the apple of Dave’s eye.


Here he is relegated to the tow bar of the ute.


Not to be out done our regular attendee “Honey” is being made a fuss of.

This rally was dominated by the final test in the Lions Tour, which was a very unsatisfactory draw, but exciting none the less. We had a evening meal at the Himatangi Cossie Club, which now seems well past its electrical difficulties, which have plagued us previously.


Here are some of the gang waiting for the rugby test to start, little knowing the frustration to come. There was one missing from the photo, Val, also watched the game with us but was missing when the photo was taken, the handbag was not Bill’s – mind he probably filled it indirectly. The remainder of those attending who did not watch the rugby opted to view a film “The Queen” . This was well received. the comment was that it was better than the the prevoius film shown on Friday night. So at least the ladies were happy with their evening.

Another good rally in the winter. See you at the next Rally

CARNIVAL PARK, PAHIATUA  11 – 13 August 2017

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Manawatu Caravan Club 2-5 June 2017

We had 7 vans in attendance for this rally which was also our AGM. In addition to the families rallying our founding Life Members Peter & Elaine and members Don & Pamela were with us this weekend.



An Indication of nicely groomed grounds

The Manawatu Caravan Club have lovely laid out grounds which are maintained to a high standard.  They always make us feel welcome and offer us the use of their hall for our AGM and evening entertainment. If they have something on themselves we are invited to attend these as well.  They have a great philosophy which can be summed up by the following plaque in the hall.


The AGM went off with out a hitch and the following members were elected:

President: Selwyn Fisk

Vice President: Derek Canvin

Sercretary: Cath Fisk

Treasurer: Val Solomon

Web Master: Robin Benton

Committee: Dianne Richmond, Barry Richmond

The usual events took place with the early arrivals have fish & chips from Mr Grumpys chippy and on Friday night a meal at the local bowling club, which are always well patronized.  Jenny conducted a quizz on the Saturday night on Royalty which brought howls of derision from the non-royals amongst us. If nothing else it brought a lot of laughs and whiled away a good hour.

Sunday was to be a film night but due to an unfortunate event in the early hours of the morning, this was not to be so we amused ourselves, which we find very easy to achieve.

Lorraine had a very special birthday (congratulations Loraine) at around the time of the rally and she was congratulated by the President with a card.


Lorraine receiving her card

See you at the next rally which is at the Himatangi Holiday Park on 7-9 July 2017.

Please note that there is a change to the current Rally Schedule. The September Rally is now at the Wanganui Top 10 Holiday Park. See latest edition of the rally schedule sent out recently.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Carterton Holiday Park–12-14 May 2017

We had 8 vans in attendance at this rally. This venue would have to be one of the favorites for our club. It is always clean and tidy and the new managers have it looking a treat, even though the weather at the moment is conspiring against them.


Looking Good

The rally family for this weekend was Dianne and Barry and they started the weekend off with a quiz on Friday night. The quiz consisted of identifying phrases from well known TV adverts. It was really easy to tell who watched the TV a lot and who did not. Oh well someone has to.


Another view of this lovely camp

Also on Friday night Geoff and Eileen celebrated their Wedding Anniversary and provided the evening supper.


The Happy couple

Saturday night was taken up with watching the Hurricanes take on the Crusaders, unfortunately the Hurricane lost. No photos enough said.

Sunday was Mothers Day and to celebrate the guys had to provide morning tea (drinks) for their ladies. The morning tea was held in the kitchen area and when we arrived there was a magnificent spread laid out by Dianne and Barry. Absolutely excellent.


Robin bringing his drinks


All enjoying the Great Spread.

A good rally enjoyed by all, the weather sort of played ball, but as always happens cleared up for going home on the Sunday. Thanks Dianne and Barry.


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Mt Lees Reserve, Sanson–17-19 March 2017

We had six vans in attendance at this rally. this was a new site for most and from the comments heard one to add to the list.


This is the site looking towards the B&B – 1 van missing

The idea for this rally was to be able to attend the Central Districts Field Days at Manfield Motor Racecourse. The Field Days were held on the Thursday through to Saturday. It was good that some where able to go on the Friday and others on the Saturday. The Saturday would have been the better day as it was not so hot. On the Friday the sun beat down that after about 2 hours Selwyn and Robin had had enough and retreated to the car, if only they could find it, they did eventually.


A view of the B&B

Those remaining in camp on the Saturday afternoon decided to take the bush walk in this reserve. This was an easy stroll until someone who will remain nameless decided we should take the long way home.


The beginning of the bush walk.


At the Look Out and all looking somewhere different.


Gleynis giving a perspective to the height of the bamboo we walked through.

For afternoon tea Lorraine produced a lovely batch of fresh baked pikelets with jam and cream, yummy.


The evening entertainment etc was held in the Summer House which was also a good venue for  BBQ teas.


The Boys cooking up a storm!

This was a good venue one that I am sure will be used again. Hope to see you all at the next rally which is the CCNZ National Rally held at the Manawatu College, Foxton over the Easter Weekend. Hope you can attend.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Pohangina School Reserve, Pohangina, 24–26 February 2017

This was Heretaunga’s turn to host the combined rally and we picked a new site for us at the Pohangina School Reserve.

When the school closed in the 1980s, the school building, swimming pool, tennis court etc were turn into a community reserve.The reserve can be booked for groups and this what we did. may be because of the venue there was a good turn out for this rally with 1 from Wellington, 7 from Wairarapa and 7 from Heretaunga, 15 in all.


Some of the vans on site – 5 Leisure Lines in a row.


The converted School Classroom.

As this was a short weekend some chose to arrive on the Thursday and make a lonng weekend of it. We were blessed with fine weather all weekend. This really is a great venue.

There were games organised for the Saturday afternoon but most were just happy sitting in the shade chatting or visiting the local cafe for Devonshire Teas, anyhow the games were given a miss. I wish to thank Victoria & Albert for carting the games all the way to the Hawkes Bay and back again and nobody played with them. Oh never mind.

For Saturday night everyone was asked to bring 60cents each, and by using specially marked dice, proceeded to releave all but one of all their money. as could be expected this created a lot of banter.

Another very enjoyable rally. See you at our next rally at Mt Lees Reserve on 17 – 19 March 2017

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Manchester Street School, Feilding, 3–6 February 2017

This was a combined rally hosted by Wellington Caravan club. Heretaunga had 5 vans in attendance.

This was a changed venue to the one advertised. Originally the rally was to be held at the Sanson School but due to an administrative muck up the hall, which is a community facility, was not available so a change to Manchester Street School was arranged.


A View of some of the Vans present

Just because we could some of us met at the free parking area at Timona Park. some arriving in time for lunch.


Whiling away the time with a good old chin wag.

Friday was a mix and mingle and supper. Those who got to the camp in time could wander into town to visit the farmers market.

Saturday was a day to look over the town visit a craft market and generally take care of your self. In the evening we play a few games, had a lot of laughs and generally enjoyed ourselves as we always do.

This was a small rally with 3 from Wellington, 5 from Heretaunga and 3 from Wairarapa, but even with the lower numbers it was a well run rally and very enjoyable.

See you at our next Rally