Instant love as they caught sight of the Concord

Martin Galley and Robyn Agnew holiday with ''Aunty Lorraine''. Photo by Mark Price.
Martin Galley and Robyn Agnew holiday with ''Aunty Lorraine''. Photo by Mark Price.
When the holidaymakers begin flooding into the Upper Clutha, Martin Galley and Robyn Agnew, of Albert Town, uncover their little retro caravan and head for the hills - about 2km away.

There - in the Lake Outlet Holiday Park - they set up their brightly coloured, 4m-long, 1981 Concord caravan and hand the keys of their house to a family from Australia.

The couple had scoured the country for a small, ''cool'' caravan and eventually tracked down the Concord in Auckland. They towed their $8000 purchase home and had it painted. They've also added a small wood-burning stove, which is used for cooking and heating.

The decor is mostly original wood veneer, formica and coloured glass - just the way the Albert Town couple like it.

The couple say after a lull in production, the Atkins family of Hawkes Bay, who make Concords, are back in business. Many of the modern Concord caravans they produce feature plush interiors, complete with LED televisions.

Ms Agnew calls the caravan ''Aunty Lorraine'' after a favourite aunt, who lived in a house the caravan reminds her of.

Mr Galley says the fibreglass caravan is very light and easy to tow and best of all, it is likely to be appreciating in value.

- mark.price@odt.co.nz