63rd NZMCA National Rally & AGM (2019)
Back to the future is almost here
Here are some updates to help you plan your trip to sunny Gisborne to be with us from 1-3 March 2019, for the Back to the Future 2019 National Rally. We will be giving you updates from time to time so keep coming back to the future via this page.
Less than 250 days to go, and the major hurdles, such as booking the venue, the Gisborne Showgrounds, and choosing the main entertainers, are all in hand and looking great.
We aren’t ready to release all of the information just yet but rest assured that people coming to the 2019 National rally will be very well entertained and there will be some new and exciting developments in the activities that people will be able to attend.to follow the theme back to the future so be prepared for things to look a little different!
Of course you are invited to attend the unveiling of NZMCA 1 that Gisborne Area club members have spent the last 2 years restoring from scratch. It’s part of our club history in that it was the number one motorhome in the NZMCA in 1956. It’s bound to be a hit with everyone that sees it.
We have booked excursions on the WA 165 Locomotive steam train and people who choose that activity are sure to enjoy their 2 hour commentated trip over the Poverty Bay flats.
Another innovation will be the fully under cover, one stop trades area, where suppliers of Motorhome equipment, services, motorhomes and caravans, will all be in one building, and for those who have difficulty in walking, there will be a regular minibus service to and from this venue, main event centre and the village, oops I mustn’t tell you about that just yet!
When you get here.
• We are arranging several places that you will be able to stay at for a night or a couple of nights before coming in to the rally for a small fee and we will give you more details in the coming months as well as giving you information of where to dump and get water. There aren’t too many freedom camping places around this district yet (see below for Summer Camping)
On your way
From the South:
• Don’t forget in your planning that Art Deco (https://www.artdeconapier.com/)in Napier is on from 14-18 February and there is usually a parking area set up for motorhomes; more on that later.
• AND the Wairoa Country Races are on 22 and 24th February. We are working with them to provide motorhome access and entry to the races at a reasonable rate to help you enjoy the journey. We will give more details closer to the time I can thoroughly recommend the country friendly races, even if you don’t know one end of a horse from the other.
• And of course Wings over Wairarapa (www.wings.org.nz) is on from 22-24 February for those who want to make the dash up the coast in just a week!!
• There may be an opportunity to view a rocket launch from Mahia by Rocket lab. Contact either the Wairoa I-Site (https://www.visitwairoa.co.nz/) or Rocket lab https://www.rocketlabusa.com/).
• And don’t forget that there is plenty of room at the NZMCA Camp at Eriksen Road Napier for stopovers as well as freedom camping in Wairoa Contact Wairoa District Council (https://www.wairoadc.govt.nz/our-district/freedom-camping/)
• You might want to take in the jewel of Lake Waikaremoana via either DOC camp at Mokau (just a bit iffy for front wheel drive), or the Holiday park from where you can try some of the magic walks. Don’t forget, no dogs allowed.
From the North,
• We can recommend you call in to the Sunshine and a Plate charity event in Whakatane and maybe have afternoon tea in the sky above the beautiful Bay of Plenty. More details of dates for these events as they are announced.
• The trip around the coast from the Opotiki NZMCA camp via the new NZMCA camp art Te Araroa is well worth a few days in either direction. As well you can “Summer Camp” at various locations around the coast by purchasing a permit from Opotiki I-Site or direct from Gisborne District Council (http://www.gdc.govt.nz/summer-camping-permits/)
• Don’t forget that the Covi Super Show will be on probably from 15-17 March in Auckland. They haven’t actually announced dates yet, but it will be around that date
Staying on afterwards?
We’d love you to spend some time with us in Gisborne after the event and there are plenty of attractions from golf to steam boat rides, to feeding the sting rays, an absolute bucket list must, and for the tree people the natural attractions of two of the finest arboretums in the Southern hemisphere.
Oh, and don’t forget we are the Chardonnay capital of, if not the world, certainly New Zealand and our other wines are not too shabby either! There are walks, cultural and historical, cycle trails, the Motu is definitely worth a visit, we have a number of beautiful golf courses in the area and of course just chilling out in our (hopefully) fine warm weather with visits to our many beaches and clubs
There are plenty of other events planned around that time and if you keep an eye out on the Motorhome friendly page of the NZMCA website, they will pop up from time to time.
That’s all from this edition of back to the future. See you soon.
2019 Organising committee