With its spacious modern interior, long list of extras as standard, and a kids’ bunk room with space for friends, the Retreat Aotea 260B caravan from InsideOut RV is an attractive offering for Kiwi families keen on extended holidays. Claire Smith takes a closer look.

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Famed for its iconic L&P bottle, Paeroa has a rich history that extends far beyond its fizzy drink reputation. Claire Smith investigates this historic town.
With its spacious modern interior, long list of extras as standard, and a kids’ bunk room with space for friends, the Retreat Aotea 260B caravan from InsideOut RV is an attractive offering for Kiwi families keen on extended holidays. Claire Smith takes a closer look.
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Paul Owen goes back to the future as he takes a wander through a new teardrop caravan that takes inspiration from some century-old aerodynamic mastery.
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Most of us are keen to reduce our footprint on the road. Claire Smith finds some handy ways you can care for the environment without impacting on your enjoyment – and you’ll save a few dollars too!
Competition winners Steve and Lyn Jones were over the moon to be drawn as the winners of our recent MCD giveaway, winning themselves a week-long beachfront holiday in the Coromandel in a VW Grand California. Anna King Shahab caught up with the lucky couple to find out how it went.
When we’re out and about, a good trip is a safe trip – and most of the time, that’s how it goes. MCD columnist Liz Dobson tells how to be ready for that one trip that doesn’t go according to plan.
Sometimes nothing feels as good as curling up with a good book. This June we’re featuring reads from some household names, and a few brilliant new authors.

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Make the most of fresh New Zealand limes in this delicious Daiquri-esque cocktail. Thought to be the oldest known cocktail in Cuba, Canchánchara was served as a healing drink (both medicinal and magical). Often served warm, it was used as a cure for colds. Whether it actually has medicinal powers or not, try it – it tastes amazing!
Arguably the most time-honoured of all cocktails, the secret to a classic martini – as with all great recipes – is to use quality ingredients. Good gin and good vermouth are essential here. After that: olives or lemon? Shaken or stirred? Stuffed olives with blue cheese or pimento? That’s up to you.
There are so many ways to serve this classic cocktail it almost needs sub-variant names. Serve as a shot with an oyster, Al Brown-style; go hard on the spicy sauce for a chilli kick… hey, you can even serve it with bacon!
This wonderfully soothing broth is delicious on its own, and it’s also the base for a host of other soups.