More than 20,000 people visited the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association's Motorhome Caravan and Leisure Show, the first major event to take place in the Waikato since Covid-19 hit.
This year's show saw the most visitors it has ever had in its 15 years, says event organiser, Jenni Muhlmann-Brown of Classic Events.
It was held at Mystery Creek Events Centre.
"Friday saw the biggest numbers through the gates in one day ever. Traditionally, Saturday is our biggest day so it was a great way to start it off," says Jenni.
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Close to 1400 people also parked up for the weekend at the event's park and stay area.
There were approximately 170 exhibitors showcasing their products or services at the three-day event.
Exhibitors ranged from caravan and motorhome companies, such as Rockwood Caravans and Fifth Wheelers, manufactured in Indiana, to accessories companies such as AA Solar and Bionic Bikes, health services including the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand and tourism businesses such as Destination Rotorua, Off the Beaten Track and Get Out More New Zealand.
A unique part of the show was the 'Walk Down Memory Lane'" area which showcased vintage caravans and cars such as a 1976 Lilliput Gazelle which was accompanied by a matching 1959 Chevrolet Impala.
In the Traillite Theatre, several companies put on informative presentations.
Marty's Panel and Paint discussed what you should know about your motorhome, Get Out More New Zealand talked about travelling locally, GallivantingOZ spoke about motorhome travel in Australia, Get off the Beaten Track talked about their company, Traillite outlined the need to know before buying a caravan and the NZMCA held talks about their new website and tips for staying connected while on the road.
"The show was a great success, all our exhibitors reported great sales and attendance was very high," says Jennie.