ATOCNZ Autumn Newsletter 2018

 The club continues to roll along smoothly with a steady flow of new members coming in each week. And we welcome them all with open arms. If you are getting this newsletter, but have sold or changed your Autotrail, can you please update your listing on the website.


Now, Club News:


  • ATOC NZ bumper stickers. We were unablr to find a friendly printer who could reprint them for free. However thanks to the efforts of our member and previous printer Sue Fifield, we got on to Brendan Best at best Design in Ashburton. Brendan printed 200 for us for $248. If you want one of these they are for sale at $2 each. Thanks to Sue and Brendan.
  • Rally 2018 Tauranga. The Rally 2018 is 5 months away, and is starting to shape up with some really interesting stuff happening.

We have some great new sponsors coming on board this year, as well as a number of those from previous years.

Presenters on various topics of interest to all are being lined up as well.The rally and the dinner will all be on the racecourse premises in Tauranga. 


All in all it should be just another successful and enjoyable ATOC NZ Rally.


On that score, numbers will be limited this year to 150 Vans, so you will need to register early, once the registrations open in early August. We are setting up a prepayment system this year which means that you can pay for the rally and the Saturday night dinner all at once upon registration. We will have a bank account set up primarily for this purpose.


The rally and the dinner will all be on the racecourse premises in Tauranga. 

Thank you letter from Kevin and Kathy who visited UK and attended ATOCUK rallies.


Kathy and I would like to convey our thanks to all ATOC members for their friendship and hospitality during our recent stay in the UK, it was without doubt the highlight of our trip.

The rallies we spent together have left us with many fond memories. There are so many people to thank, but I’m afraid to mention any names as I’m sure to forget someone, but you all know who you are.

It’s hard to believe we’ve been back in New Zealand for a week now, and already we’re talking about the new Autotrail models!

Not to mention still talking about the seven course meal cooked by Craig in their motorhome on our last night! He puts my vegetarian surprise (baked beans on toast) to shame.

So I guess the bad news is you all did such a good job, you look like having to put up with us again next year!

By the way, many people we spoke to during our trip mentioned a desire to visit NZ, so If we can assist anyone visiting NZ please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Looking forward to 2018


Kind Regards

Kevin & Kathy


Hi everyone,

With the Waipu Rally just a couple of months away, I thought it might be timely to wet your appetite for exploring more of Northland while you're up here. Northland is one of our favourite places, and is absolutely chocker with interesting out of the way places to explore.


Click here to see what you could be missing. Be warned, it's a shameless promo for places that we've visited, and think you might also enjoy...


Click here if you'd like to see where all these places are, with more information, pictures, and how to get there. This links through to our RV Explorer Trip Plan for the Northland Safari. It includes 100 destinations, plus the ability to customise your own plan for where you'd like to go. 

And, if you can't make it this time, or prefer to come back to Northland at some other time, we'll leave this newsletter and web pages up for you to use in the future.


As you'll see from David's last newsletter, Denis and the committee have organised a fantastic rally, with a unique opportunity to meet the Managing Director and Sales Director of Auto-trail, UK on Saturday. Then, on Sunday, we have a presentation by Andrew Simms on servicing and warranty issues, followed by a presentation by Far North Fuels on how you can save money using their fuel discount system. 

These are  opportunities that might never be repeated, and are in addition to all our usual socialising and group discussions. There's plenty of room in the Caledonian Park. You can't afford not to be there!

We're looking forward to seeing you all on the 27th October.



Chris and Shuping

July 2017 Newsletter


Hello fellow Auto-Trail owners.

Time for another newsletter to keep you up to date with Club news.

Next rally: 

This will be held in Northland at the end of October, 27, 28 and 29th.  This is the weekend after Labour Weekend.  It will be held in Waipu, 40 km south of Whangarei.

  I hope you can attend as the organizing committee, chaired by Denis Bradley, is promising a very enjoyable and informative weekend.  There’s also the opportunity to extend the time either side of the rally to enjoy travel, bike trails, museums etc that Northland has to offer.

  There will be plenty of parking area, for 70 or more vans if required, a big hall for our indoor activities and cafes and restaurants just a short distance away. Those of you who want to arrive or leave either side of the weekend are welcome to park on-site.

  Some of the highlights already on the programme are:

* Auto-Trail UK’s Managing Director and Sales Manager attending.  Yes, we’ve asked them to our rally and they have  accepted our invitation.

* Scottish theme and wearable arts

* Bus tour including the refinery and port, local beaches and points of interest.

* 'Hints and ideas’ session (always popular)

* Award winning Waipu Museum and Heritage Walk

* Club discussions and next rally decision.

* Lots of time for socialising and getting ideas from other Auto-trail owners.

Questions for our Auto-Trail guests: Following their presentation on the new Auto-trail factory at Grimsly, what new models are in the pipeline, where the motorhome industry is heading both technically and in design and a few other topics we have asked them to cover, there will be limited time for questions.  To get the best out of question time, I suggest you email me a question you would like answered and I will collate these into ‘headline’ questions to save having similar questions around the same topic.  My email is

Tribute owner membership:

  Thank you to those of you who have emailed me with your thoughts on this matter. This will have to be decided by members at the rally.  I will collate your contributions. They so far lean towards allowing Tribute owners to join our Club. Interestingly it was a hotly debated issue with the ATOC UK and they agreed to membership now that the Tribute is badged Auto-trail.

  The rally organizing committee agreed that Tribute owners who are already Club members will be most welcome at the rally.


 There’s a few things I want to mention about our website.

1.    We have a very informative and useful website thanks to the vision and expertise from Chris Gaelic who established it following our rally at Ohakune. He has since continued to modify and improve the site.

2.    My sincere thanks go to Peter Robieson for his assistance with maintaining the website on a day to day basis; especially with regards to membership.  Les Gibson has recently offered to help out too, with particular regard to sorting the Forum topics into more appropriate categories.  Too many posts have been put into ‘General’. 

The forum has been a wonderful source of information, ideas and assistance.  Thank you to those of you who have so willingly contributed to help others.

3.    Many of you have changed your vans, location, phone numbers etc. Please log on and click/touch ‘Update Your Details’ and you’ll see a window that easily allows you to do just this. Some of your information is missing or incorrect such as motor home model, address and post code. As with any club or business, it’s a difficult job to keep a database of members or customers up to date so your help with this is very much appreciated.

4.    If you have a problem with the website, can’t put photos in the forum, forgotten your password etc use the ‘Contact Us’ button and either Chris, Peter, Les or I will help with your problem.

5.    Have a look at our Home Page - our logo is now there; also some interesting statistics on models of vans owned and regional membership numbers.

Membership numbers and Auto-trail models owned:

  The total number registered to use our forum is now 375** and of those 300 are full members***.  Membership growth over the last 3 years has been:

2015               144

2016               123

2017 (to now) 108

  It’s also been interesting to note what models of Auto-trail our members own.  Here some numbers I have pulled out of our membership database:

Model                           Number

Delaware                      88

Tracker                         66

Apache                         28

Dakota                          23

Imala                             22

Commanche                 18

Savannah                     14

Scout                              7

Mohawk                          5

Cherokee                        4

Other or N/A                  25

** Our total membership including overseas registrations and NZ registrations that don’t own an Auto-trail motorhome but still can use the forum.

*** Full members ie those that own an Auto-trail and reside in NZ.

South Island Rally: Our South Island membership is growing and is now over 70. Its a long way to Northland to our next rally so most of you may not attend. We need to have a rally in the South Island. How about a South Island member putting your hand up and forming a committee of nearby owners to organise a South Island rally for next autumn.


Bumper Stickers: 

  We have bumper stickers available generously designed and printed by members Leicester and Sue Fifield.  These were available for free distribution at our last two rallies and will be available at our next rally.

If you wish to have one now, please send a stamped addressed envelope to me at

13 The Pheasant Tail, Brentwood, Taupo 3330.







I'm glad  to see our Facebook group page being used.  Thank you Sandy and Russell for setting this up and maintaining it. It's great to see where members are coming and going (like following Russell and Sandra's journey home from the UK).


Happy, safe motorhoming....

David Buxton

Club Co-ordinator

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!!'


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