An invasion of motorhomes is set to descend on Mosgiel this
The New Zealand Motor Caravan Association's National Easter
Rally is being held at the Mosgiel A&P Showgrounds from
April 17 to 21.
Rally control team member Brian Wolff, of Sawyers Bay, said
about 600 motorhomes/caravans and 1200 people were expected.
Some had already arrived in the area and it was expected many
would stick around to explore afterwards, Mr Wolff said.
The influx of motorhomes would bring an injection of cash
into the Mosgiel and Dunedin areas.
Mr Wolff projected an economic boost to the Taieri of about
This was an update to a previous estimate of $500,000.
The event was the result of two years of organisation.
An 1800sqm marquee at the showgrounds will serve as the
Workshops around motorhome ownership would be offered, and Mr
Wolff was keen to point out association members were
The rally came amid concern about the behaviour of ''freedom
campers'', but by far most in the association were in
''self-contained'' motorhomes, he said.
''Unfortunately, we all get lumped in the same pot.''
He hoped the rally would help give motorhome owners a better
Part of the rally's organisation involved setting up a number
of places in Dunedin and Mosgiel for members to park before
and after the rally.
The organisers had also liaised closely with the Dunedin City
''We have had regular meetings with the council and they have
been very supportive of the whole thing,'' Mr Wolff said.
One of the workshops at the event would be on how to be a
responsible pet-owner while on the road and some 97 pets were
expected at the rally.
Entertainment, including dancing, would also offered every
evening and buses to Mosgiel and Dunedin would be provided.
Optional side trips being offered included Taieri Gorge
railway excursions, a four-wheel-drive rally and a visit to
Outram's vintage machinery museum.
Most of the members were over the age of 50, due to the cost
of buying a motorhome, but there were also some younger
The attraction of buying a motorhome was largely to do with
the freedom that came with it.
''You can stop where you want to stop.''