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Old 04-28-2015, 11:53 PM   #1
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1950's Caravan New Zealand Style

Imagine my surprise and delight when I came across this 1950's caravan display at the tiny Taipo Museum on the North Island of New Zealand recently! Note the details down to the green knit tea cozie and 3-part pie iron!

On a later post I'll send highlights of our 4 week trip to Tahiti and New Zealand, two of which we were camping in a campervan on the South Island.

For now, enjoy these caravan photos!
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Old 04-29-2015, 12:22 AM   #2
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That is so cute, Gilda. I have been to Taupo and just wish I had been camping there.

Will be glad to hear of your adventures. Wonder if you did the Tongariro Crossing, one of the foremost hikes in the world.
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While we did not camp on the North Island, we did go hiking on the Tongariro trail. We never planned to go all the way as the mid-point is very steep volcanic rock and we would have needed a return driver at the end. As it was, we had a vigorous hike through the volcanic landscape to the base of Red Cone. The fog was so thick there that we only saw the cone for a brief 10 minutes when the fog cleared. I drew a quick sketch of the cone before it disappeared.

We took our time on this "4 hour hike" and took 6 hours to do it. We rewarded ourselves at the end in a most civilized fashion by having "High Tea" at the famous chateau nearby. The tea room was in an elegant setting with a breathtaking view. The wait staff could not have been more kind toward two scruffy looking middle-aged hikers and the tasty morsels were heaven. This is living the good life!
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Those photos are so good to see. Yes, I remember that and I did do the Tongariro Crossing. A group of us paid in advance and had a driver waiting. That hike has emerald lakes along the way. There are some steep areas and gloves would have been nice to have to grab rocks but it is not bad. I will want a camper to get around if I go to New Zealand again.
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Great pictures,wonderful adventures!
Wish I had a couple of those Pie Irons( like in the picture with 3 cooking spots) I could make a whole meal at once.
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The campervan we had gave us about as much room as in our 13' Scamp (sans tow vehicle). I won't lie, it was a challenge for the 3 of us to find space to "park" our luggage along with the bulky bedding, kitchenware, hoses, camp chairs, etc. I have to say the van was well stocked, almost too well with toaster, French Press, coffee pot AND teapot which we never used! We were glad to have each packed one 22" duffle and one daypack each (yes, for a 4-week trip). Everything was carry-on for the planes and gave us, barely, enough room in the van!
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