Coming back from Pukekohe, and with the weather being really rough, we thought we’d hunker down at the Murhpy’s Law Motorhome Park.
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The NZMCA App suggested it was $25 for the night which is incorrect. It’s $38 a night for two minus a 10% discount for NZMCA’rs making it $34 and you get a discount of everything you eat or drink.
I initially thought it was a bit expensive for parking in what is essentially a carpark but after enjoying a hot shower in their newish facilities and an hour in the bar, decided its a good spot to base yourself for a night Or two in a good location.
The parking is inside a secure high wire fence which you access with keypad access and a fob so it is very secure and with power and water on every site, its a great setup.
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Love the building
Good secure parking
Look at the massive thing next door to us!
Rafe in the park
Fiona and I wandered into the bar to have a drink and order tea and it was a great atmosphere with a big open fire and plenty of people enjoying themselves.
A great use of what is probably a wasted space behind a pub. Close to the Motorway and with a dump station just around the corner making it a good spot to stay for a night and enjoy the banter at the Bar and not have to drive after.
The last time I was at this Pub was when it was the Jolly Farmer in the 80’s and they had their famous Wet T Shirt competitions 🙂 I was working as a photographer for the 8’O clock then which part of the Auckland Star and it was my job to cover the big Final at the time. A fun event 🙂 How times have changed.
We sold our last house in October last year. Settled in February this year and since then, we’ve been in Rafe fulltime mostly staying at Takapuna Holiday Park for 3-4 days a week.
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Fiona has been able to walk to work from there in Takapuna and I’ve been able to do the odd commercial photographic job from there. We escaped in the weekends to where ever with a month off in the South Island as well. Its been fun but I’m very happy to be in a house again.
We did put in offers for a couple but were turned down and in hindsight, it was a good thing as what we have now is pretty bloody good! It also has a park for Rafe once we extend a concrete pad in the next few weeks.
The Kitchen needs doing and Fiona is already sizing up a new Oven.
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Rafe’s parking pad to be extended
Kitchen needs doing
Lots of sun
Best of all its only 90 Square metres (we came from 240 sq m) with enough room for our friends and small enough to vacuum with the new Dyson in a few minutes.
It has a view out towards the North over the Waitemata Golf course in Devonport and is 5 minutes bike ride from about 4 beaches.
The week before we settled, I went to Adelaide to see my family with my two sons Andrew and Alex, as we haven’t seen any of them over there for quite a while. We were only there for 4 days and my sister Jayne went all out and organised a meal with the family and took us to see McClaren Vale and Hahndorf in the Adelaide hills which was great.
It was all a bit of a surprise for a few with my brother Tim coming over from Melbourne and neice flying in from Sydney too. Lots of fun and nice to see everyone.
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Meeting my younger brother Tim and his daughter Emma at a hotel for breakfast. Alex and Andrew on the right
My sons Alex and Andrew in Handorf in the Adelaide Hills
Andrew and Alex on the plane
At the lockup heading for the house
Our stuff in the lockup
Loading our furniture
The next day after getting back, we settled on the house so it was all a bit hectic! It all went reasonably smoothly and we moved in a few days later.
Even though Rafe has steadies, its really nice to walk around and not have that little wobble under your feet.
One of things that stood out for me at the last Hamilton show, was the greater use in some Motorhomes of drop down beds and rear lounges, instead of permanent rear beds. The end result making a shorter Motorhome.
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Right now the massive Dusseldorf Caravan Salon is on in Germany and many NZ Motorhome importers are there as they do every year.
Jonas Ng who imports the Dethleffs, Frankia, Morelo and Neismann and Bischoff Motorhome brands is there and has sent some images of the new Frankia Platin layout which features a rear lounge and drop down beds. Really interesting.
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Drop down beds above
Check out his images.. (I’ve given them a little nudge in Photoshop !)
Featured in these photos are the Platin I7900 Plus and the I8400 Plus. .. Enjoy
A couple of years ago, I popped into the Pukekohe A & P to see how their Motorhome Parking was going as they had just started it and it looked great. Since then they have had some big groups of Motorhome parties through and most nights, there is somebody there.
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At only $20 a night including power with access to their brand new ablutions block with showers and toilets, it is ceratinly great value. The only downside over the last year or so has been the wet weather.
Fiona and I stopped in to stay a night and have a look around. After talking to Gina, who runs the office, she introduced me to Ian, the volunteer Camp organiser who was telling me that the wet weather issue is about to be solved with the addition of rolled out gravel to all of the sites in stages.
I could tell while talking to Ian that he was really excited by the way the Motorhome Parking has developed and where it was going. He has done a wonderful job and I’m looking forward to seeing it when we come back in a few months.
As the rain was almost horizontal and the wind with it, we decided to stay on the gravel by the new loos.
The site is huge with more than 50 acres odd to walk around. Dogs are welcome on leads and it is only a stones throw from the centre of Pukekohe so good for shopping too.
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Rafe on the hard
The new ablution block
One of the old buildings in the A&P grounds.
The local Kart track
Looking back to the Motorhome Parking area across the Kart track
Looking down the main drag of Pukekohe
One of the Malls just around the corner
Rafe at the park
The train station is only 500 metres away and although the trains didn’t worry us, Ian tells me that it has been a problem for some. I love the sound of those big Diesels pulling a couple of hundred metres of train!
The next morning, we dodged the showers and went for a walk through the own to check out the shops and have lunch. Just over the road and along from the camp is a huge Mall with a Warehouse and all the shops you’d ever want. Very handy.
I used to have to come out to the Pukekohe races when I was a wee fella in short pants (about 5-6 ) as my Dad was involved with Shell Racing, and I remember Pukekohe then as a small village with big racetrack. It has definitely changed from those days.
I’m looking forward to going back soon to check out the new all weather parking setup. Well done Ian and team for a great setup.