One of our lovely Christchurch branch employees, Leah, recently lost her home in the devastating Christchurch Earthquake.  It was an incredibly difficult time for all our Christchurch staff with no running water and intermittent power, not to mention working through the emotional trauma of it all.  To their credit they did a great job and so a big thank you goes out to our Christchurch team!

Prior to the earthquake Leah was able to take a mini break with her partner in a free familiarisation trip in a Hippie Camper van. For more about her Hippie Camper trip read on!

Our view when Rich and I woke up.

Our view when Rich and I woke up.

After I had finished work for the day I picked up the Hippie Camper and me and Rich set off for our night to Lake Coleridge. We chose to go there as Rich could do some kite boarding and it was nice and close.

All was going well until we took a wrong turn, then another, then another, then another. The trip that was meant to be a 1 and a half hour drive but took over four!!  We found a small opening to pull over and stop for tea. While Rich cooked the tea using the barbeque, I got our bed made up. The cooking equipment was easy to access and easy to use, we had everything we needed.

After tea we finally headed off to find the camping ground. At about 10:30pm we arrived and parked the campervan up.  We had been asleep for about an hour when the wind started to pick up. We both decided to move the camper to a more sheltered spot and it felt so nice and cosy.

When we woke up in the morning the sun was shining, and we both agreed it was a nice place to wake up to. We had breakfast on the water front, then I lay and read my book while Rich spent some time on the lake. The camper van had a lot more facilities than i first expected and was very comfortable to sleep in! The camper was spacious and it provided us with everything we needed. It was cleaned and well equipped.

All in all I really enjoyed my trip in the camper and I’m looking forward to our next one!