We all had a great weekend with a lot of socialising and made many new friends. We are looking forward to the next Canterbury meet. Oxford is definitely a place worth visiting.
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Hi from Chilly Canterbuurrrrry. Since the Ashley Gorge weekend which was fun, We have not done much in Canterbury as a group. This is primarily due to distance and the spread of members. Home for 4 Days and away to Hari Hari - we stayed at the new Kiwi Holiday Park in Hokitika, its lovely and the folk running it are great. Since we have been back have been out to the Willows on the Waimak, that was an eye opener!
We are now just starting to start up a Rally to Waiau for a midwinter weekend. Thats all Folk's Lindy and Wayne. But not the weekend of the Sculpture festival with an influx of around visitors to view the huge variety of artwork on display in all shapes and sizes. For this event we again, had a good turnout for the camping albeit a lot colder than last year, Note!
Put thermals in the bus. With 36 vehicles, 61 Adults and 8 children for the weekend. As usual the Club picked up some new members from those attending and we made new friends whom we shall meet again along the road in our travels, part of what camping is all about.
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Friday night was rather damp, so we all sheltered under canvas for happy hour. But Saturday, after the festival prize giving and photo formalities, we gathered around the fire pit, Note! Sharpen electric chainsaw. With the fire raging to ward off the cold we sat about telling stories of trips past and future. Some of the places our fellow campers have been to are definitely worth a visit. So many places to see, so little time. You also get the horror stories, not like when we sat around the campfire as kids scaring each other but the places to avoid, sometimes even scarier.
There is always something to do around camp and this weekend was no different. Among the fellow campers at gatherings like this there is a wealth of knowledge and experience and most are more than willing to help other campers when required. We had 2 CSC checks, 2 electrical faults in a couple of campers, easy fixed, a small rip in a tent awning, duct tape is great, expert panel and paint advise on a retro caravan and a misbehaving diesel heater.
This being a public event, the camping was open to all not just club members. Ok so this far all our All Points Camping Club events are open to members and prospective members.
Being part of a national camping club is great, apart from the deals and discounts financial members get there is that feeling of belonging and fellowship. Meeting other members on your travels, some may turn into lifelong friends. The small membership fee the club charges goes to Being a financial member helps the club to help you the camper.
If you are not a member it is worth thinking about joining the fastest growing camping club in New Zealand. Looking forward to seeing you all and more back in Kimbolton for the 3rd Sculpture Festival next year. All campers are invited to join with All Points Camping Club for a fun weekend.
For more information on the Kimbolton Sculpture Festival go to www. The Easter bunny was late this year and that had nothing to do with chocolate factories being closed. Originally Easter was a Spring Pagan festival celebrating the return of warm weather, growth and new life.
The Easter holiday weekend as we know changes date from year to year. This is due to, the Council of Nicaea In CE established that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox. From that point forward, the Easter date depended on the ecclesiastical approximation of March 21st for the vernal equinox. History lesson over.
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What this meant is that the Easter Camp was much later this year than last and therefore rather cooler. Due to the colder temperature and forecast rain we had no one brave enough to pitch a tent unlike the 6 families who attended last year. I am so happy that we have an extremely good Diesel Heater in our Bus.
A smaller, but still good, turnout for the camp with people from far and wide. A young family from Auckland stopped in for a night on their way south while a gentleman entertained us with music and song on his trip home to Rotorua. Foxton although only a small town km North of Wellington on SH1 has a lot to offer those traveling through and well worth a stop and not just for the dump station at the north end of town.
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A group of us from the camp went to the Foxton Little Theatre show on Saturday night and had a really good time. Sunday dawned fine so off to the Easter Market in town. Bev Stoneley and I took a trip down to the river mouth, attempting to catch dinner. The local fish had other ideas. My reputation as a fisherman is in tatters as Bev likes to point out I was out fished 3 to 0, if you can call the 3 extremely small shellfish Bev snagged a catch. A very productive fishing expedition with nothing to return to camp with apart from a broken rod.
We are never too old to learn, and we did learn that if you hook up your caravan to move it, even if only 40feet, tidy the benches FIRST.
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Things can fall to the floor creating an unwanted cleaning job. Need I say more Mr Stoneley. It was very funny for those of us not involved in the clean-up. Fun and games in the hall that evening became rather competitive. Balloon Badminton is like normal badminton only with balloons and Fly swats as bats, it also appears to have NO rules. Rex Holden when not being the umpire was a courageous competitor and collected the converted chocolate bar as his reward.
Monday morning, time to pack up, clean the venue and say our farewells to old and new friends. A group from the club where departing Foxton for The East Cape. What a life, we are so lucky in this country. A great effort team. Your late model car, Ute or camper uses a fly-by —wire accelerator pedal system that is designed to take into consideration all manner of inputs before the computer responds by opening the throttle.
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The and sculpture festivals were so successful we will be back, camping, at the festival in April Join us on the Friday. Enjoy a fun and music filled day with the festival on Saturday. There will be stalls of all kinds and children's activities. For more information about the festival please check out the festival website at www. Membership to the All Points Camping Club, and the benefits and saving it provides, is open to all persons with an interest in camping. Join now or gift a membership to someone else at www. Show your card at the checkout when purchasing. We are excited to welcome Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries as supporting partner.
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