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A tour of our wonder wheels

How could we possibly pass up a campervan adorned with knitting?

How could we possibly pass up a campervan adorned with knitting?

We’re currently parked next to our most favourite beach in the world, Piha, just an hour’s drive from Auckland city. We set off just yesterday, after finding the perfect motor caravan for us our second day in Auckland (considering ourselves very lucky to have grabbed it just minutes after it was posted on Trademe!) Good, clean, reasonably-priced caravans go fast apparently, even in “winter” (put in quotes as the girls are off running on the beach barefoot and with short sleeves. But it’s early still in the season….). One thing is certain: we’ve never taken off on a boat five days after purchasing it.

Tonight, we’ll camp over by Kitekite falls just outside of town, but right now we’re in front of the Piha Surf Lifesaving Club and burger & chip shack which has free wifi so I thought I’d give you a little tour of our new teeny, tiny home. Firstly, I don’t miss my writing desk in the woods–here’s what I’m looking at now:

Writing desk

That’s the beach right outside, with a view of Lion rock. And more knitting (not done by me, but maybe I’ll find the time to knit again….). And that’s our cat, Chi, in the window keeping a lookout. Below is a view of our living area. The benches are very long, about 7 feet each. The table drops down to make an “emperor” sized bed–it’s huge! The girls share the double bed above the cab (right now it’s full of the bags of clothes I’m still figuring out where to store).

View forwardHere’s our little fridge. It runs on propane, 12-volts or 240-volts. Pretty neat.

Fridge

Here’s our front door, with what I suspect is a permanent pile of sandy shoes.

Door

The galley is across the aft end of the van. There is even instant hot water! Seriously, this thing is luxury like we’ve never had underway.

Galley

A tiny head (also with perpetual Ikea bag of laundry).

The head

Plenty of storage for the essentials.

View aft

In Piha

The girls sit up front, where there are three seat belts. I sit in the back, and hang onto the knitting with white knuckles.

The girls sit up front, where there are three seat belts. I sit in the back, and hang onto the knitting with white knuckles.

4 Comments

  1. Nita says:

    I love, love, love your essentials! You all have such a beautiful view. Ah…the gypsy life!

  2. Stacey says:

    I’ve been waiting to see what your new home looks like. Exciting times for you all. Will look great as you make it more of your home, and less of the previous owners home.

    Keep blogging…..I love following!

  3. Phil Davis says:

    Good to see that you guys are getting settled back on the Island. Michael, I enjoyed our friendship here at work and wish you all only the best.

    Phil

  4. Natalie says:

    We just got a camper for hurricane season and I’m white-knuckling it in the back, too!