The Magic Motorhome Tour wrap-up

By: Murray Lindsay

Murray Lindsay shares his experience on the Magic Motorhome Tour

A few months ago, I arrived at the Magic radio station (me being the new cab off the rank) bustling with enthusiasm and great ideas. One of those was to get in a motorhome and travel the country with the purpose of meeting our listeners up and down the nation.

Normally, these crazy thoughts from a new boy are acknowledged and then shelved in a polite way. Not this time, though! The team loved this idea, and within a month of my arrival, plans were afoot to make the pilgrimage across New Zealand happen. The Magic Motorhome Tour was born.

Having asked our Magic listeners to invite us to their special part of New Zealand, the schedule was sorted, and with our sponsors on-board (TrailLite and Mighway—brave people), we hit the road for two intense but wonderful weeks.

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Our team included me, my wife Jo (our main driver), and Emily Reid, Magic’s promotions manager, who had to make the venture work on the ground.

Just to add a little pressure, our tour had to get me to a radio studio for the start of my daily show by 2 o’clock every day! We visited the Magic studios in Tauranga, Hastings, Whanganui, Masterton, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, and Invercargill.

From our starting event at the historic Puhoi Pub, we traversed the nation, finishing 11 days later at the Invercargill Working Men’s Club.

Our first night in the motorhome was in the Bay of Plenty. We travelled there in heavy rain and hail and got to the camp after dark. So once we had plugged the motorhome in, we just wanted to settle in for the night not really knowing exactly where we were. The next morning we woke to beautiful sunshine and our mobile home was parked looking out at the magnificent Mount Maunganui beach. After the night before, we thought we were in heaven. What a fantastic place for a public motor camp! May it stay that way forever.

We put on Magic events in pubs, RSAs, bowling clubs, and, one night, at a motor camp in Kaiteriteri Beach with a lovely band of grey nomads lead by the amazing Del Ross. This group of 40 spend the winter in party mode at the Bethany Park camp rocking to our Magic music in the shower block.

On a more sobering note, it was nice to have a morning at the Canterbury Indoor Bowling Centre—a facility destroyed by the Christchurch earthquake in 2011 that was rebuilt, and within a day, devastated again by a deliberately lit fire. It was up and running again and we had fun celebrating that fact.

Most nights were spent in motor camps and the odd carpark depending on the arrangements, and during that time, we met some interesting travellers. Like the campervan group from Auckland, who we met in Rotorua on a tour of the thermal camps in the North, and the German tourists from Munich, who were fascinated by our sign-written motorhome seemingly following them around New Zealand.

Something I unfortunately missed, as I had to fly the leg to Christchurch from Nelson (in order to make my show on time) but the girls had the pleasure of experiencing, was falling snow on the Lewis Pass, which added another dimension to the diversity that is New Zealand weather!

It was a great pleasure to meet so many Magic fans and get to see more of the greatest little country in the world. Next time (without the pressure of time), we’d like to stay a little longer in places and get to meet more of the locals who welcomed us with open arms.

Next year maybe… 

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