Living on the Road – Tales from New Zealand

Sue and Bryan have spent the last few years traveling about New Zeland in their camper truck! Evey now and then we jump and have a look at how they’re doing and in this article from Pete we can see one of the benefits of the life style of being on the road.

Thanks for sharing Bryan

I’ve been busy writing stories and will continue to do so, but need to keep on about life on the road. It would be very easy to lie and say it has all been roses, but that’s not true. But would I go back to the house and job – never.


Things you’ll miss if you live as we do.

Friends. Yes, we have met a lot of nice people as we travel around, but not being able to see good friends on a regular basis is hard.

Routine. There is quite a bit of security in a 9 to 5 job (even if it is keeping you broke). It’s also quite reassuring being able to see the same faces each day. That will change when you hit the road.

Family. I miss my sons and their partners and am looking forward to the day when we can see them on a more regular basis.This is probably the hardest part of life on the road.

As I write this, we are working in a part of New Zealand that most people will never see. It was snowing when we got to work this morning – it looked stunning. Living the way we do has given us time. I am no great shakes as a writer, but because we don’t need to make money from it I can write. Living this way allows you to do things you love.



When we got home today, I got some possum skins ready for tanning, wrote the next part to the Worzel series I have been writing and then we drove into Waiouru to have a pizza. Tomorrow (Friday) I am going to celebrate what would have been my Nana’s 102nd birthday with my family in Napier. We have a degree of freedom that most people will never enjoy.

But you can. It’s entirely up to you. Talk to up to you.

About five weeks ago I got our truck badly stuck up in the Coromandel. Sue slept well that night while I lay in bed worrying. She woke up refreshed; I was grumpy and tired. Eventually, the towie arrived from Thames and pulled us out. It was a bit of a mission, and I was on edge as he winched the truck out. Sue thought it was exciting and took photo’s and enjoyed the experience. It cost $600.00 for the tow and the clutch gave up the ghost. I was gutted and fretted about how stupid I was to get stuck. Sue said it was only money and because of the way we live ‘so what’. I’m 10 years younger than Sue, but everyone thinks we’re the same age. I wonder why that is?

It’s more than three years since Sue and I hit the road in the Tardis, turning our backs on hamster wheel jobs and lives filled with STUFF.

Were we fearful? You bet your boots.

Has it been worth it?

You be the judge.

If you have ever looked through a Kaleidoscope and marveled at the ever changing prisms of light – then you have had a glimpse of our life on the road. The scenery around us is forever changing as are the people we meet.

Each are treasures that are too amazing to keep all to ourselves, so as we travel and marvel at these wonders of creation, we will write, film and photograph so you can enjoy them with us.


Our home three weeks ago.


Our home this morning.
We met two amazing people today, Douglas & Valerie. They encouraged us to start this blog. So here it is in its very first installment.

If the penny drops for you, as it did for us, you too may soon find yourself on the road, time rich and free.


Thanks to Bryan and Sue for sharing their lives and their adventures from their Blog Gone Bush based In New Zealand with us here at Outdoor Revival.

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