On the road to the 2020 National Rally

The South Canterbury Area is delighted to be hosting the 2020 National Rally & AGM, which is to be held at the Oamaru Racecourse from March 6 – 8.

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Our planning is advancing well and we’re confident Oamaru will be a great experience. The Oamaru Racecourse is a very good venue for an event of this size and there will be plenty of space for all the movanners who want to join us. A big part of your experience, of course, is the trip to our Area – with lots to see and do on the way to the rally. If you kick off your tour of our Area the week before the rally, you could start in Ashburton with the South Island Motorhome Show which is on the 29th February – 1st March at the Ashburton A&P Showgrounds.

After this, take the road inland to Methven, a lovely boutique town and then join Highway 72, the inland route through our area

Along the way you will travel through lovely scenery, take a bush walk at Peel Forest, browse the shops in Geraldine, enjoy a delicious treat from the Fairlie Bakery and then continue on to Lake Tekapo. The NZMCA Park there is situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo and it’s only a brisk walk into the township. If you want, there are hot pools to soak and relax in. Back on the road and head to Lake Pukaki and the beautiful views of Mount Cook at the head of the lake. You are now in the heart of the Mackenzie Country with spectacular scenery. 

This is a great fishing area in both the canals and lakes and it is worth a trip up the road to Mount Cook village

There are lots of spots to park up and chill out up here in the McKenzie Basin. Mount Cook is also the start of the Alps2Ocean Cycle Trail, which ends up 360km away on the coast at Oamaru. Cycle a little or the whole length – it’s another great experience. Just down the road is Twizel. This was once a hydro village and is now a holiday spot. Omarama is the next town on the road and this is where you turn off to head down the mighty Waitaki Valley, where you can take in the sight of the towering limestone wonders that are the famous Elephant Rocks. Boating and fishing are the great pastimes in this area too.  You can also join the fossil trail at Duntroon.

Oamaru itself has many attractions to tempt you into staying a while and soaking up the atmosphere

There is the Victorian precinct, Steam Punk, the little Blue Penguins, Totara Estate, Lime Stone Quarry, beautiful buildings and great public gardens to name but a few. After the rally is over you might like to head to Waimate to our great NZMCA Park and have a look around the town. Then it’s on to Timaru for the Rock and Hop on Caroline Bay, on the 19th – 22nd March. Maybe you have plenty of time and would like to enjoy the rest of the Bottom of the South and head down through Dunedin to the Catlins. Continue on through Invercargill and up to Te Anau and Milford Sound, Queenstown and Arrowtown.

...Finish up this road trip with the Warbirds Over Wanaka at Easter weekend

But wait, there’s more, the following weekend you can share in the fun of the Arrowtown Festival. As you can see, we have a lot to offer in South Canterbury and the Bottom of the South, so get your fellow movanners from your Area together and head to Oamaru 6th, 7th and 8th March 2020. See you there!

Bill Paton
Rally Convenor, 2020 National Rally and AGM

Rally Convenor Bill Paton (left) with NZMCA CEO Bruce Lochore
Rally Convenor Bill Paton (left) with NZMCA CEO Bruce Lochore