My three kids and I had some great adventures in the Kiwifornia van. Our first night in the VW California was spent down by the river at Hora Hora domain. We awoke to a beautiful day, complete with sunrise over the water and the sound of some very happy swans (too loud for my boys who would rather be sleeping longer in the pop-top of the camper).

My first impressions of the California was how easy it was to drive. It’s effortless and very comfortable to travel in – far better than I was expecting from a camper.

We continued our time in the camper by travelling down through the heart of the Waikato and leaving the main road at Tokoroa, heading into the Pureroa Forrest Park. We stayed at the Ngaherenga Campsite which is handy to the main road and is the start of the Timber Trail mountain bike and walking track. During the day we enjoyed several different bush walks, finding all the broken machinery that is around and going up the amazing 5 story forest tower. Climbing to the top puts you right into the canopy of the trees, which are teeming with bird-life. At night we walked the Totara Trail by flashlight so we could see all the glow worms that line the path, it’s a pretty magical piece of New Zealand.

Four of us slept comfortably with the California’s clever sleeping arrangements. When temperatures dropped to below freezing overnight, it was amazing to be able to flick on the heater to warm us all up – you don’t get that in a tent!

We made a slow journey back home venturing back through Te-Kuiti and Otorohanga. It was a great time with the kids and I really appreciate Ebbett VW for the opportunity to try out this amazing and very clever machine.