The venue was the Mighty River Domain at Karapiro which was fantastic. Given that the last Dethleffs do a few years ago was here and was a big success and after talking to the camp manager Liz who couldn’t do enough to help me, it was a done deal!
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Just before kick off, we had nearly 50 people coming (limit of 100 red light) but by the weekend, we’d lost quite a few so that was a bit disappointing. A couple caught Covid and others were hunkering down. We’ll try for one next year. So we had about 25 people which worked well.
On the Friday everyone started arriving from the middle of the day onwards.
My GPS sent us to cross the Dam but when I got there, there were limits on both weight and length due to the curve in the dam. We were at the front of the one way queue but managed to back out of the way when the light went green. There was one hardy Dethleffs soul who went across anyway.. he was later presented the bravery award !
Later in the day, Jonas and Irene arrived.. (Mr and Mrs Dethleff of NZ) and Jonas started to cut up a whole lot of meat he’d got from the Pokeno Butchery for everyone.. one of the best around. Just about everyone provided a salad .. a great communal effort and the variety was amazing.
I was a bit reluctant to take on this fantastic quality meat and burn it or undercook it so Jonas took on the cooking role which he did to perfection helped by John O on his BBQ.
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After tea, the campfire seating plan was retained for a social session and later outside various Motorhomes.
The next day, those who brought their bikes hit the bike trail into Cambridge to a café which was about 7 k’s away.
Fiona and I were joined by a few at the park Café overlooking the lake for a couple of hours until the cyclists returned.
The afternoon was spent with everyone sussing out each others Motorhomes and a good catchup.
For many this was their first Rally or Motorhome get together and the feedback was fantastic.. “when is the next one?” was a common question!
Later we reassembled the circle of chairs and all enjoyed a meal and a few drinks together and more fun times outside some ones Motorhome.
One the following morning, we all caught up at the Café and a group pic to celebrate the occasion.
A good result. Although I’ve been involved in helping previous Dethleffs and NZMCA rallies with parking (one with over 400 motorhomes!) this was something quite different.. especially with the germ floating around.
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