NZ motorhome rally for Gisborne in 2019

RESTORATION: The 1928 Reo Motorhome is being restored in time for the NZ Motorhome Association 2019 national rally in Gisborne. Picture supplied
RESTORATION MEN: Motorhome enthusiasts Brian Scragg, Keith Clare, Brian Hall, Ron Hopps and Phillip Freeman in the workshop. File picture

NEARLY 1000 motorhome enthusiasts are expected to descend on Gisborne in early 2019 and add an estimated $1 million to the local economy.

Gisborne has been confirmed as host of the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association’s national rally, which will take place in March 2019.

New Zealand Motor Caravan Association chairman Fergus McKenzie of Gisborne said the city could expect up to 1000 of the association’s members and about 600 self-contained motorhomes to descend on Showgrounds Park.

“Many will spend a couple of weeks visiting and seeing all our attractions.

“Research conservatively shows that they will, over the period, inject close to $1 million into the local economy, as much as the cruise ships inject in a year. So it promises to be a big event for the district.

“This will be a perfect opportunity for Eastland to showcase our district to nearly a thousand of the 74,000 regular self-contained motorhome members in the country.

“People who come for this event will meet up with others afterwards at various events and promote the Eastland region.

“Given the distances that people will travel to get here, many will spend two or three weeks sampling our attractions and culture.

A committed team

“Although we are New Zealand Motor Caravan Association’s smallest region, we have a great and committed team who will ensure that this event is a raging success.

“I hope that local businesses and entertainers get behind this great opportunity to show the rest of New Zealand that we are forward-looking as well as helping us to celebrate the sestercentennial.

“Our rally theme, in keeping with this, is 'Back to the Future'."

Activate Tairawhiti chief executive Steve Breen said it was great news and great timing for everyone.

“This is a great result for our region and perfect timing given that the State Highway 35 rest area upgrade programme under the Regional Economic Action Plan will have been completed by then.

“This will see improved existing rest areas and new rest areas provided at key points along the highway, giving better opportunities for travellers to stop and enjoy our unique region.

“Knowing the date this far out gives the region’s operators, especially those along the Coast, time to work with the rally organisers to provide events and activities for the motorhomers to experience as they make their way to and from the rally and while they are in Gisborne.”

Three days and nights

The national rally will be from March 1, 2019 over three days and nights at Showgrounds Park and will showcase local entertainers, food and wine outlets, and introduce visitors to attractions including wineries, the steam train and cultural activities.

At the rally the Eastland branch will be unveiling its restoration of MCA 1, a 1928 Reo bus that was converted into a motorhome in New Zealand in the 1950s.

This led to the formation of the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association here by local identities Andy and Gladys Anderson, initially with two members.

Mr McKenzie said there were now more than 74000 members throughout the country.

“This project is well under way. It is just one of a number of firsts that can be attributed to the Gisborne district, and demonstrates the forward thinking of local people."

Following the theme of “Back to the future”, organisers also hope to have other examples of early innovations from this district on display.

NEARLY 1000 motorhome enthusiasts are expected to descend on Gisborne in early 2019 and add an estimated $1 million to the local economy.

Gisborne has been confirmed as host of the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association’s national rally, which will take place in March 2019.

New Zealand Motor Caravan Association chairman Fergus McKenzie of Gisborne said the city could expect up to 1000 of the association’s members and about 600 self-contained motorhomes to descend on Showgrounds Park.

“Many will spend a couple of weeks visiting and seeing all our attractions.

“Research conservatively shows that they will, over the period, inject close to $1 million into the local economy, as much as the cruise ships inject in a year. So it promises to be a big event for the district.

“This will be a perfect opportunity for Eastland to showcase our district to nearly a thousand of the 74,000 regular self-contained motorhome members in the country.

“People who come for this event will meet up with others afterwards at various events and promote the Eastland region.

“Given the distances that people will travel to get here, many will spend two or three weeks sampling our attractions and culture.

A committed team

“Although we are New Zealand Motor Caravan Association’s smallest region, we have a great and committed team who will ensure that this event is a raging success.

“I hope that local businesses and entertainers get behind this great opportunity to show the rest of New Zealand that we are forward-looking as well as helping us to celebrate the sestercentennial.

“Our rally theme, in keeping with this, is 'Back to the Future'."

Activate Tairawhiti chief executive Steve Breen said it was great news and great timing for everyone.

“This is a great result for our region and perfect timing given that the State Highway 35 rest area upgrade programme under the Regional Economic Action Plan will have been completed by then.

“This will see improved existing rest areas and new rest areas provided at key points along the highway, giving better opportunities for travellers to stop and enjoy our unique region.

“Knowing the date this far out gives the region’s operators, especially those along the Coast, time to work with the rally organisers to provide events and activities for the motorhomers to experience as they make their way to and from the rally and while they are in Gisborne.”

Three days and nights

The national rally will be from March 1, 2019 over three days and nights at Showgrounds Park and will showcase local entertainers, food and wine outlets, and introduce visitors to attractions including wineries, the steam train and cultural activities.

At the rally the Eastland branch will be unveiling its restoration of MCA 1, a 1928 Reo bus that was converted into a motorhome in New Zealand in the 1950s.

This led to the formation of the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association here by local identities Andy and Gladys Anderson, initially with two members.

Mr McKenzie said there were now more than 74000 members throughout the country.

“This project is well under way. It is just one of a number of firsts that can be attributed to the Gisborne district, and demonstrates the forward thinking of local people."

Following the theme of “Back to the future”, organisers also hope to have other examples of early innovations from this district on display.

Your email address will not be published. Comments will display after being approved by a staff member. Comments may be edited for clarity.

Mat, BoP at present - 2 months ago
Hi, we own Gisborne 1 which is a 1954 Seddon. You did an article about us in The Gisborne Herald around 2007 - we would like to bring our old girl over as she was part of Gisborne for 16 years. Cheers, Mat

Poll

  • Voting please wait...
    Your vote has been cast. Reloading page...
    Do you agree with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pushing Australia on sending 150 refugees from Manus Island to New Zealand?