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

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Kahutara School, Martinborough, 20–22 January 2017

We had 7 vans plus one visiting van from Wairarapa for this weekend.  It was nice to have John & Debbie and and the grandchildren with us even if it was only for one night. We have rallied here three times now and of those three only one was good weather and this was not it.

We were reminded that we live almost in the roaring forties as we had horizontal wind on the Saturday and horizontal rain on the Sunday. Just as well it was Anniversary Weekend and school holidays as Friday and Monday were very good days in comparison to the other two days.


Some of the vans in attendance; note it was warm enough to sit in the sun at least once.

We were very fortunate to have the hall available for us to use, and the rally families made full use of it. We were busy all weekend which took our minds off the weather.

Friday night was mix and mingle.

On the Saturday afternoon the rally family kept us busy with a variety of games. Who would have thought that putting a golf ball over a metal plate or putting a tennis ball through a series of hoops (like “Bobs” for those that know) would be so difficult.


Games in progress.

Saturday night we played card housie, a game we recently learned from the Wairarapa Club.

Our Life Members Peter and Elaine joined us for most of Saturday and also took part in the games. It was good to see you both again. You are both looking very well.

Sunday night we had a quiz identifying the various cockney rhyming slang sayings and unless you had a recent English background or grew up with the sayings this was very difficult. Some of us did very poorly at this. Another quiz that no one got totally correct was to identify two towns that each of the State Highways passed through, (all 10 of them?).This was difficult due to some the highways were in the South Island and are not roads we travel over very regularly.  All entertaining stuff.


Morning Tea out of the weather

Thanks to the Rally Families,Geoff & Eileen and Victoria & Albert (Dennis & Glynis – you had to be there to know).


The start of the vans parking on the hard prior to departure

Most of the vans queued up off the wet grass prior to departure as all wished to get off while there was help should it have been necessary.

See you at the next rally which is the combined rally hosted by Wellington, which is being held on Waitangi Weekend at the changed venue of Manchester Street School, Feilding

Monday, 30 January 2017

Heretaunga’s Joint Rally At Pohangina School Reserve – 24-26 Feb 2017

The map co-ordinates for this rally are:
The address is: 953 Finnis Road, Pohangina. See map below.
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A bigger version of the map is available by clicking on the picture.
Directions from:

Ashhurst Domain

Ashhurst 4810
Head northwest on State Highway 3 toward Cambridge Ave/Manawatu Scenic Rte
230 m
Turn right onto Cambridge Ave/Manawatu Scenic Rte (signs for Feilding)

Go through 1 roundabout
800 m
Continue onto Cambridge Ave/Manawatu Scenic Rte

Continue to follow Manawatu Scenic Rte
10.0 km
Continue straight onto Pohangina Rd
4.2 km
Turn left onto Finnis Rd

  Destination is on the left
300 m

953 Finnis Road, Pohangina School Reserve

Pohangina 4884
Please Note that the School Reserve is on the Left

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

A Double 70th!!

Val and Bill were celebrating their respective 70th birthdays and caravan club members joined them at their home, together with family and friends for a birthday BBQ. Also sharing birthday honours was grandson Gus, who had just turned 6.


Guests arrived, we found seats outside, and delicious plates of nibbles were passed around.  Oh, that crayfish was heavenly – like most of us, it had been a long time since I’d tasted crayfish.  All the seafood, the crays, whitebait and paua had been caught by Val and Bill’s son.


It looks rather like a caravan rally

The BBQ was fired up, and delicious cooking smells wafted around the patio.  The cook did a great job!  There were sausages, chicken, and kebabs cooking away.


Lunch was announced, and we wandered inside to fill our plates.  The table was groaning with food - everyone had brought along a contribution along for the meal.  And after the mains, we went back to check out the dessert table.


Just look at that lunch!


Happy Birthday to Bill, Val, and Gus.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Christmas Rally, Koputaroa Road – 9-11 December 2016

We had a good turn out for this years’ Christmas Rally. In attendance were Webb's (Hosts), Turnbull, Canvin, Fisk, Benton, Wylie, and Fitzgerald.


The vans on the front lawn, unfortunately we missed out the Turnbulls

By about 4pm all were onsite on the Friday. Most had 4zzzes in the sunshine, the opportunity was taken to update the channels on Webb's caravan by Robin and Don. Later we all congregated in the conservatory where BBQ hamburger patties were cooked and everyone made up their own con-concoction. The evening also included some light entertainment provided by Geoff Herewini.


Geoff Entertaining us


Don Cooking the lovely thick Meat Patties

The evening concluded with general chatter with ample lubrication until we retired to the vans.

Saturday started off nice and warm and sunny, after morning tea of Christmas Tarts a few games of Disc Bowls and Quoits were entered into. There was also a game of Croquet on offer but no-one partook, perhaps they did not consider themselves to be old enough.


Glenys, and Dot playing Disc Bowls with Derek umpiring.

Later on the rain began to fall and in the process of packing things away, closing windows etc. poor Don had a fall and severely cut his leg which required an ambulance and stitches. He had planed a rotisserie for us on the Saturday night and this fall put him out of action so the remaining men of the club pitched in and did the cooking for him. The cooking of the meat did not go without a hitch as the rotisserie mechanism failed to operate properly and had to be repaired, but we got there with a little help from son-in-law Nick.


Who said you can’t watch cooking while internally basting with a cold beer.


Done to perfection, note the Heath Robinson fix to the Rotisserie mechanism, the other end was worse.


Doesn’t that look nice


Master Carver Dennis in his pinny

Sunday dawned slightly better, so it was agreed that the car rally which was postponed from Saturday would now be held immediately after morning tea, which it was. After lunch which consisted of cleaning up the left overs from the xmas evening meal, we all broke camp and headed for home.

What a very enjoyable rally. Thank you to the Webb's for being fantastic hosts and putting on a great weekend, that is going to be hard to beat. On second thoughts I am not going to try.

See you at the next rally which is Kahutara Primary School, South Wairarapa on Anniversary Weekend 20-23 January 2017

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. Stay safe on the roads if you are travelling.