This special interest group was formed in 2008 for those NZMCA members who own or have an interest in American recreational vehicles. The group has grown to over four hundred individual members from all over New Zealand.
We have a monthly newsletter that is emailed to all our members. We also have a Face Book Page/Group for our members to share relevant RV information.
We meet together over Labour Weekend each year when we catch up and spend time discussing issues that owners face with their American RV's, the highly organised weekend is a very popular event with lots of fun and great entertainment.
Our group is primarily for the exchange of knowledge pertaining to 5th Wheelers, but also for camaraderie, with a few rallies and/or safaris around the country each year.
In 2020 CFW has about 300 members. The geographical area covered by our group starts at Pukekohe in the north down to Mokau and across to Napier/Hastings in the south.
We run rallies approximately every 5 weeks which are advertised in the Motor Caravanner and our newsletter. Any NZMCA members are welcome.
General introduction to SIG Freewheelers: Freewheelers is a special interest group that was started in 1999 by men and women who wanted to travel and socialise with other single like-minded people. All are members of NZMCA. All can buy the same uniform items if they choose. In 2020 there are approximately 760 Freewheelers divided into 5 geographical areas: Northern, Central, South West, Mainlanders and Deep South.
Deep South Freewheelers
The Deep South Freewheelers is a special interest group situated in the lower half of the South Island, incorporating all of Otago, Clutha and Southland.
Whilst the majority of us are singles and solos, we do have a number of couples who have been with us from when we first started.
This is a motor-home owners' group that meets regularly in various sites in the South Island of New Zealand and consists of people who mostly travel alone and would like to travel with other people who travel alone, for rallies, fun, social contacts and security.
We meet together at a different site once each month, for a weekend rally. Sometimes we have an extra rally, or a safari (moving rally). Our area covers South Canterbury, Canterbury and North Canterbury, and draw members from these areas and also further afield such as the West Coast, the Nelson Area and Otago.
One of our rallies during the year is held on the West Coast Area, which makes for a fun trip. Rallies are friendly, relaxed and members are encouraged to bring bikes, dogs and guests, so we have a good mix of people to get to know. We usually have 25-30 vans at a rally which is a great number for a rally as we can all sit outside as a group, and share experiences, and help each other if needed.
We have a rally programme, but it is flexible.
The group was formed by a number of friends over 20 years ago to promote friendship and social events for members who are single (this doesn’t exclude couples from joining us and attending our rallies).
The sad fact of life is that at some point in our lives we will ALL find ourselves alone be it single or widowed.
As an NZMCA member you can attend any rally, but a Freewheeler rally is special. Every individual is welcome and encouraged to join in, make new friends, find support, participate.
Many members are “on the road “ full time but rally gatherings provide kinship, fun, laughter and travelling companions… our credo “You are never alone“
Our SIG, which arranges rallies in from Auckland to North Cape, is completely run by volunteers.
Freewheelers are NZMCA members who travel on their own. Most of us are not single by choice and for most of us, travelling on our own is not a lot of fun.
In Freewheelers we have found the companionship of likeminded people who enjoyed being out and about exploring our beautiful country. Being a Freewheeler means that we can attend rallies and mix and mingle with others who understand what it is like being on their own.
We enjoy fun and companionship, often visiting unfamiliar places and learning new things about areas. We have done such things as rafting down the Rangitikei River, Jet boating to the Bridge to Nowhere. Many take bikes to Rallies, and we got for bike rides or walks. We try to choose venues which have a hall or meeting place, as most of our motor homes are quite small. This means we can meet in the evenings for cards, board games, movies or just to sit and chat with friends.
Our area covers from New Plymouth, to Napier and down to Wellington. We hold our rallies on the last weekend of every month. Because this is such a large area, we like to spread our rallies around the lower North Island so that everyone gets to travel an equal distance over the course of the year.
Good News Vanners Auckland/Waikato
Good News Vanners was a dream of Peter and Val Nisbet who, along with some friends, held the first gathering in November 2000
We are a group of Christians from various places who enjoy friendship, fellowship and fun together, meeting at regular times during the year. There’s always room for one more.
Activities include times of Praise and Worship, sharing of Life stories, General Interest speakers, such as First Aid, Fire Safety, and helpful skills.
We enjoy social fun evenings together and each year travel on at least one Safari, sometimes in the North Island, sometimes in the South Island.
Good News Vanners Bay Of Plenty
The Bay of Plenty Good News Vanners are a Group of NZMCA members with mutual motorhome interests, upholding Christian values and beliefs
The group provides opportunities to enjoy fun activities and support to each other through friendship, and hospitality using a variety of locations and venues.
Heavyweights were formed in 1995, originally to cater for older buses and families, but nowadays we have all sorts of makes and models large and small in the group.
We hold about 6 rallies a year sometimes more they are mainly in the wider central North Island as that is where the larger amount of our group resides.
Our rallies are often held at places where there are no halls and we make most of our own entertainment, e.g. games, quizzes and own music for dancing.
Anyone that is a NZMCA member is always welcome at our rallies no matter what size vehicle or how old as long as it’s self-contained.