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Jan

ENJOYING A HEALTHY PICNIC FOR OPTIMAL TOOTH HEALTH

Australia is a country that prides itself on its healthy lifestyle, but it is dismaying to find that by the age of 12, around 48% of children have already experienced decay in their permanent teeth. Adults are hardly faring better, with the country’s first comprehensive Oral Health Tracker report finding that 90% of adults have …

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Dec

EMBRACING SUSTAINABLE LIVING AT YOUR NEXT PICNIC

Australia is officially the 13th top-ranked country when it comes to sustainability, according to National Geographic’s Greendex. The ranking is positive but indicative that we can also do with improvement, and that means raising our kids in a way that makes sustainability part of our everyday lives. American author Richard Louv, who advocates for the importance of …

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14

Nov

THE DO’S & DON’TS OF CAPTURING YOUR FAMILY VACATION ON CAMERA

While on vacation, the typical Australian family will take an average of 77 photos a day. When visiting one of the countless superb Family Parks scattered across Australia and New Zealand, you will undoubtedly want to take a good many photographs and video clips to remember your special family vacation by. While there is no …

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Oct

What’s on in New Zealand – Christchurch and Mid Canterbury

What’s on in New Zealand   Christchurch and Mid Canterbury   Christchurch, and the wider Canterbury region is an area that has taken back control from Mother Nature and is blooming, as it grows into a stunning renewed destination for visitors far and wide. Traditionally a firm favourite location for both kiwis and international visitors …

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Sep

What’s on in New Zealand – Auckland

What’s on in New Zealand   Auckland       Auckland is one of New Zealand’s largest and most exciting cities. It is the main international gateway, a cultural melting pot, and boasts an events calendar so full of thrills, fun, entertainment and family activities, it is hard to narrow it down to five top …

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6

Aug

What’s on in New Zealand – Raglan, Waikato

What’s on in New Zealand   Raglan, Waikato       Raglan is proudly the hometown of New Zealand’s surfing culture – and the longest left-hand surf break in the world – plus an arty bohemian feel to the place that is like none other.   With a growing coffee and foodie scene, art galleries …

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Jul

SUPERFOOD PICNIC IDEAS

Kids spend 2.3 hours daily on screens compared to just 1.2 hours outdoors on average, The West Australian reports. Looking for a way to get the kids away from their screens these holidays? How about a park picnic? Spending time in fresh air and nature boosts happiness and wellbeing in both adults and children. Moreover, …

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2

Jul

PICNIC SWEET TREATS WITHOUT THE SUGAR

With Australians reportedly consuming on average 60g of sugars each day, compared to the World Health Organisation recommendation of 25g per day, sugar consumption is a problem that needs to be addressed. It is also reported that the high sugar consumption is worse in teenagers in Australia, so how can you ensure that your children …

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Jul

What’s on in New Zealand – Masterton, Wairarapa

What’s on in New Zealand   Masterton, Wairarapa     Mawley Holiday Park in Masterton is the perfect place to base yourself when experiencing all the Wairarapa has to offer. Masterton is only 1.5 hours North of Wellington, and in 2017 was named New Zealand’s most beautiful city. If you are coming from the South …

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6

Jun

What’s on in New Zealand – Ruakaka, Northland

What’s on in New Zealand   Ruakaka, Northland     We love Ruakaka! It is a hidden gem of golden sand, glistening ocean views and friendly locals. Of course it is also home to a stunning Family Parks destination, Ruakaka Beach Holiday Park. Situated just two hours north of Auckland Airport and 25 minutes south …

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5

Jun

BE PREPARED TO ENJOY CAMP FOOD WITH A TWIST

Even when you’re cooking on a simple campfire with just the bare essentials, you can still make surprisingly tasty and indulgent food. With preparation and a little imagination, cooking can become a great part of your trip, and taking your time to savour meals outdoors can be the best part of your day. The appeal …

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May

What’s on in New Zealand – North Canterbury

What’s on in New Zealand   North Canterbury     Take a trip north of Christchurch and reward yourself with views of braided rivers, snow-capped mountains, coastal landscapes, and grapevines as far as the eye can see. You are right, North Canterbury really is full of all the beautiful things that New Zealand is known …

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Apr

What’s on in New Zealand – New Plymouth

What’s on in New Zealand   New Plymouth     If you are heading to New Plymouth for a break, Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park is a great place to base yourself as you explore everything the Taranaki region has to offer. With its beach front location you are perfectly placed to catch a wave in …

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21

Mar

Easter Camping ideas

Are you heading away camping with the kids over Easter? Keep the Easter theme alive while you are away from home with our family Easter camping ideas. We are going on an Easter egg hunt Whether you join in on a group Easter egg hunt with your fellow campers or create your own, your little …

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2

Jul

Five reasons to plan a winter holiday in New Zealand

  Not everyone looks forward to the winter months in New Zealand, but it is the time of year where you can truly experience some of the best Aotearoa has to offer. From the mountains transforming with snowy peaks to relaxing in hot pools with snow falling around you, there are amazing experiences to be …

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Apr

Hooked on Tuna Festival

Held over four weekends in April, the Portland Hooked on Tuna Festival has more than $12,000 in prizes on offer for keen anglers. This year’s festival is more than just a fishing competition and the opening weekend will see fish filleting displays, local food stalls, live music, kids activities and plenty more. Stay at Henty …

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Apr

Best hot cross buns in New Zealand

Looking for a delicious hot cross bun to consume on your Easter road trip? Thanks to the Baking Industry Association of New Zealand, who ran their annual Great New Zealand Hot Cross Bun Competition last month, we can now share the top locations to purchase these fruity, spicy buns of goodness on your travels: Hillpark …

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Apr

Choosing the right motorhome for your adventure

Exploring New Zealand doesn’t come any better than in a motorhome. It gives you the chance to explore the natural beauty of this country to its fullest and be mobile and flexible at the same time. But how do you choose the right motorhome? The best way to figure out what you would prefer in …

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29

Mar

Locating a Lost Device

It’s frustrating enough losing your phone or device at home, but when you are on the road it can be more than just an inconvenience if you have an emergency. Before you tear your caravan to shreds looking for it, here are a couple of ways to find your lost device: Android devices can now …

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Mar

Rest Stops

We are often asked about what resources can be used to find rest areas as you travel. There are quite a number of websites and apps (both free and paid) that can give you details of where you can pull up, and ‘stop, revive, survive’. Commercially available books or apps such as WikiCamps Australia or …

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11

Jan

Ceduna Crab Competition

The Ceduna Crab Competition is held annually during the blue swimmer crab season. This year’s competition kicked off on New Year’s Day and finishes up on Easter Monday (17 April). Once you’ve landed your catch, all you need to do is bring your biggest crab to the Ceduna Visitor Information Centre, along with your completed …

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9

Jan

Travel tips: Top 5 FREE things to do with kids on holiday

Travel tips: Travelling with kids     Top 5 FREE things to do with kids on holiday There is no doubt about it, Christmas and holidays can be expensive! Throw six weeks of summer school holidays into the mix and it is easy to see why the vast majority of the parenting population start to …

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3

Jan

Checking Fuel Prices

While on the road, one way of keeping costs down is to find the best fuel price in your area. There are a number of websites (some of which have companion mobile apps) that you can use to search for the best local fuel prices: Motor Mouth – www.motormouth.com.au Petrol Spy – www.petrolspy.com.au NRMA – …

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5

Dec

Travel tips: Our favourite Kiwi camping recipe ideas

Travel tips: Recipes     Our favourite Kiwi camping recipe ideas Ah, summer holidays. Time away from the hustle and bustle of work, the tent or the caravan at the ready, car packed to the brim and the smell of sunscreen is ripe in the breeze. Camping is time to relax, spend time with family …

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5

Dec

Emergencies on the Road

In dealing with an emergency, proper planning and preparation is the key before you leave home. Some of the things to think about are: Make sure you are properly equipped for the areas you are traveling to. Do you need extra water, food or specific equipment such as winches, ropes, a recovery kit etc? Before …

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