May 2017 Newsletter


Wow, it's nearly halfway through the year already and only 5 months and a bit to our next rally in Northland. After the organising committee meets in June, there will be more to report on the programme etc.


Membership: Our Club membership has increased by 59 since the beginning of the year and is fast approaching  280 full members plus 65 Forum only members. (The difference being, that to be given full membership following registration, you have to be an Auto-trail owner residing in NZ.  With full membership you receive newsletters and can access the Club directory on the website.)


Website: It's pleasing to note that our website forum is being extensively used. All sorts of questions and answers are being submitted. Don't forget you can receive email alerts of anything posted on the forum by clicking 'subscribe to.........' on any of, or all of the 5 forum categories. 

Our honorary webmaster, Chris Gaelic, has made some enhancements to the registration page to make it easier to fill in correctly. After logging in, you can click on 'Update your details' and the registration page shows all the details you entered previously. PLEASE have a look at this and update anything you want to change (eg address, email) or fill in missing information (eg, post code, NZMCA number). You may have originally filled in the name windows incorrectly too, especially the first window that should read as an example:  Jack and Jill Smith or Jack Smith and Jill Jones. 

The Directory now has three sort columns - Name, Rego, and NZMCA number so you can quickly find a member with any of these parameters. The Directory also has a new feature - a place to click to print. 

Thank you Chris for these enhancements. We are so grateful for the website you have established and modified for us. Also thank you to Peter Robieson for managing the registrations that keep coming in, sometimes 1 or 2 a day.


No longer an Auto-trail owner: If you have sold your Autotrail and now drive another make or are now not motorhoming, please advise either Peter or me. 


Bumper Stickers: We have bumper stickers available generously designed and printed by Club members Leicester and Sue Fifield. These were available for free distribution at our last rally and will be available at our next rally. The size is 150x60mm. If you wish to have one now, please send a stamped addressed envelope to me at 13 The Pheasant Tail, Brentwood, Taupo 3330.


Tribune owners allowed to join our Club: this was discussed at the Hamilton rally 2 years ago and there was a good majority voting to keep our Club exclusively Auto-trail owners. We perhaps need to discuss this again at our next rally. In the meantime feedback from members would be welcome.


ATOCNZ Rally information 

Organisation for our next rally is all on track for the weekend 28 to 30 October 2016 (less than 6 weeks away!). This particular weekend has been chosen because it is also the start of Taranaki's annual Garden and Events Festival week. So there's plenty to do and see in Taranaki after the rally.


The organising committee (Taranaki members, Margaret & Jim Ward, Lyesette & Rudi Benkert, Fred & Judith Kalin, Raewyn & David Lusk, Rob & Ann Coutanche and ex-Taranaki Trevor and Audrey Coleman) has put together a very entertaining weekend for us.  The venue is the Taranaki Swiss Club, Kaponga with ample flat parking for our vans (see for aerial photos of their club rooms).  Over 70 members have registered (nearly 40 vans): this has filled Saturday night's dinner venue - the Kaponga Hotel.

If you are still thinking about attending our rally and haven’t already done so, please phone or email Trevor or Audrey Coleman, phone 027 242 8373 or email


Rally fee: the organising committee has managed to keep costs down and the fee will be $10 per person payable on arrival. Saturday night’s dinner cost is $30 per person payable on the night at the hotel. There will also be a raffle to help towards rally costs.


How to get there: If coming from the North, travel down to Stratford then onto Eltham on the main highway. Turn right into Bridge Street in the centre of Eltham (you will see a hotel on the corner), carry onto Eltham Road, proceed onto Kaponga, in the centre of Kaponga turn left onto Manaia Road,  then right into Lorne Street at next intersection, you will see the sign pointing to the Swiss Club – turn left into Grace Ave.  If you are coming from the South turn left in Eltham at the hotel   (Bridge Street) then just follow the above. If you are completely lost just ring 027-2428373.

For those with a GPS the co-ordinates are -39.4316 and 174.1475.

ATOCNZ members visit UK

Auto-Trail Owners' Club, New Zealand. Levin Labour Weekend Rally report. CLICK HERE

A small selection of photos are shown below, for additional full size photos (203) CLICK HERE

 Auto-Trail Owners' Club, New Zealand. News, photos and events

In February of 2013, new Auto-Trail owners Linda and Denis McKenzie, thought it would be a great idea to get together with other Auto-Trail owners and maybe form a club.  They sought our help, (Auckland Motorhomes ed)  being the only licensed Auto-Trail importer in NZ.  After emails and meetings a date and location was settled and through our newsletter owners were informed and invited to attend.

On Saturday 30th November sixteen Auto-Trail motorhomes pulled into the Papakura Cosmopolitan Club carpark.  Everyone arrived to participate in the first get together of Auto-Trail Owners NZ.

With over 35 attendees from New Plymouth, Tauranga and Whangarei and in between, everyone introduced themselves and their Auto-Trail motorhomes models including Savannah, Delaware, TK RB,TK FB, Dakota, Scout and Apache. It didn't take long for the men to get their heads under the bonnet of one of the vehicles.

With an informal meet and greet in the club rooms, supported by Dan, who welcomed everyone and had a few Auto-Trail Freebies. After happy hour and an enjoyable dinner followed by games of pool a great night was had by all.

Sunday morning was time for the shared morning tea and talk followed whereby it was agreed to get together once or twice or year, with some informal gatherings if and when the occassion arose.  The main aim of the group was decided "have fun, meet new and like-minded people and to share ideas while on the Auto-Trail Trail"

QUOTE 'People who say, "it can't be done!" should stop interrupting those of us who are doing it!!'


Auto-Trail Club, Hamilton Rally pictures  - Classic Cars - June 2015

Rally pictures here


Looks like they a great fun loving bunch! Fancy dress competition with best dressed 60's costume.

Members Q&A forum with hints and tips. games evening with Sticky 13's or equivalent!

Auto-Trail Club, Ohakune Rally pictures, November/December 2014









2018 Provisional Rally Programme, plus Scotland and Scandinavia 2018

See 2018 Rally Programme



See 2017 Rally Programme


Ideal Plants to keep in your motorhome.

See General Information


Jim (Jimbo) Blythe

Elaine Balsom

See Welfare


Sargent EC155 Recall information


Calor Lite update

See General Information


ATOCNZ May Newsletter

See Overseas Owners


Reverse Polarity - What is it?

See General Information


Fiat Euro 6 Engine oil, important note.Updated 07/05

See General Information


NEW web based site and stopover search engine added. (Very good).

See Overnight Stops


FREE App -  all you need to know about  driving in the EU. Rules, speed limits, DD

Click this link  GoingAbroad 


NEW Cross Border Directive for EU Travellers from May


Travelling in Europe in 2017?

Are you aware of the new LEZ zones now in place in many large cities?


Have you signed the petition to allow safe overnight parking in the UK?

See General information


Safe parking at rallies advice, please take time to read this item.

See Members Information


Need to upgrade or downsize your motorhome weight?

See Re-plating to 3500/3650


Auto-Trail -  Where it all began, a brief history.

See Factory News



See Fiat Recalls


ATOC Members raised in excess of £1000 for charity

See Welfare


Members Name Plates

See Members Information

Just a heads up to those that might not know these sites exist

Auto-Trail Friendly Group

 For lively chat about Auto-Trails

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