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Glenorchy Airstream Magic

Airstream at Glenorchy New Zealand

We have had the most memorable journey in our Airstream for the past 12 days. Departing from Christchurch, we traveled via the picturesque lake Tekapo route, and took our time stopping by at both freedom camping and paid camp sites along the way.

Airstream in lake Tekapo

Day 1 & 2 – Spent 2 nights here at lake Tekapo. It was -4 degrees on the first night, with morning frost, we were lucky to have the gas furnace running to help keep us warm in the Airstream. Despite from some heavy condensation on the windows, we slept right through the night.

Airstream Club lake Tekapo New Zealand Picnic with a grand view at lake Tekapo

Day 3 – Lake Wardell freedom camping site.

Day 4 & 5 – Wanaka at paid holiday park. We took our 7 year old to the Puzzling World and spent an enjoyable day there.

Airstream at Puzzling World

Day 6 – Cromwell NZMCA member’s site. Quiet and pleasant site.


We checked out the little old town of Cromwell the following day. What a gorgeous romantic rustic town with a grand view!

Airstream at Cromwell New Zealand 089A4082 Airstream by lake Dunstan at the old Cromwell towhship

Day 7 & 8 – Glenorchy, magic everywhere you see. The final destination is set at Glenorchy, a small town with a population of 465 people, and it took us 7 days to get there!

Airstream Club at Glenorchy New Zealand

We set camp by lake Wakatipu, with amazing stars that night that allowed me to capture these stunning shots!

Glenorchy stars over Airstream Airstream electric by lake Wakatipu serenity Airstream Club at Glenorchy

Bad weather sets in on our second night – Gale force wind and heavy rain rage towards us as we spend the night in our trusted Airstream.  I had to make sure the vents are closed. No wind could blow the Airstream away, apart from some rocking inside the Airstream, we have had the most memorable and unique experience camping here!

Airstream Club at Glenorchy

Day 9 – We are on our return journey home, spent the night at Arrowtown Holiday Park.

Day 10 – Lake Benmore Holiday Park, Central Otago.

Day 11 – Waimate NZMCA site, what an immaculate site! Proud to be a NZMCA member!

Airstream Club at Waimate

Bizarre circular rainbow above the Airstream at Waimate

Airstream chembow sunbow

Day 12 – Returned back to Christchurch, filled with inspiration.

Airstream in Spring

Airstream Club New Zealand

We have waited all winter eager to head out for our next adventure, and finally Spring comes and it’s time to ready ship!

Captured this photo in our front yard, after a bizarre weather system hits, along came with heavy downpour for more than a week. Instead of sitting at home feeling frustrated, I grabbed my camera to head outside to burn some creativity.

Whilst having fun playing with the puddle, I snapped this shot off my phone, not bad for a phone grab eh?

Airstream Club New Zealand

Tsunamiball Passion

Cool if not cooler than an Airstream. The handcrafted wooden ark for use in Tsunami emergency.

“Chris Robinson was a former Facebook and PayPal art director with no boat-building (nor sailing) experience. Then the Tsunami hit Japan (a place where he’d lived and met his wife). He happened to be working in a startup incubator at the time with some “very smart people”, including an astronaut, and everyone was sketching ideas for tsunami-proof shelters.

Robinson liked his design (inspired by oil-derrick escape pods and the hanging tree house spheres from Canadian artist Tom Chudleigh) so much, he began to build it behind his house. Two years later, his backyard is dominated by his 22-foot-long, 10-foot-wide and 8.5-foot-high plywood and epoxy tsunami-proof pod (AKA Tsunamiball).”

Chris’ blog (photo/video updates of the build): tsunamiball.com

Original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/

Nice Airstream Cafes in New Zealand

It was nice to see two converted Airstream Cafes sitting by the gates of the Auckland International Airport last night. It appeared to be a Bambi converted to coffee vender, polished aluminium body with power converted to NZ 240v.

Ku Design Airstreams

The Airstream branding is now changed to ‘Retro Espresso’.

Ku Design Airstreams

I saw one available for sale on trademe a while ago, asking price was about $70,000. It’s not cheap but believe it’s well worth it as they hold their value very well. Such an icon and people magnet!

Stabilising jack foot blocks DIY

Caravan Stablising Foot Pads

What I have made today, is a set of ground blocks for the Airstream stabilising jacks. Using old blocks of wood is particularly useful to help prevent direct contact between the metal foot/disk with the wet ground, in an effort to prevent rust. It also makes it a little easier to wind down the jack foot when setting up for camp.

Stablising Jack supporting blocks

Complete with carrying handle, so you can carry all 4 blocks at once with ease.

Airstream stablising foot

This only took 15 minutes to make, and a little effort goes a long way.