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RV lifestyle booming in New Zealand; Record sales at Covi Supershow

5th April 2018

Record sales at last month’s Covi SuperShow, the largest motorhome and caravan expo in New Zealand, is a clear indication the RV lifestyle is booming in New Zealand.


“The motorhoming lifestyle is seeing real growth as more and more kiwis discover the freedom of holidaying in motorhomes and caravans,” Covi SuperShow Managing Director David Culpan said. “Indications look like over 280 motorhomes and caravans were sold over the three days of the show which is just fantastic.”


This year’s Covi SuperShow was the biggest motorhome and caravan show ever held in New Zealand attracting almost 19,000 visitors that flocked to the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland.


“The success of the show and the huge volume of sales made at the show and in the weeks following is also a reflection the effort exhibitors put in,” Culpan said. “It is testament to the great range and choice of vehicles and accessories in the market as more and more Kiwis take up the mobile holiday lifestyle.”


A feature of this year’s Covi Supershow was a $63,000 Bailey Pegasus caravan going under the hammer for no reserve. Warwick Jones and Gerarda Peeters from Hamilton were the lucky winners of auction after some fierce bidding.


“You had to be in to win,” Warwick quipped. “We sold our motorhome before Christmas so were looking for a new one and the best way to do that was to go to the show.”


TrailLite Marketing Manager Ashlee Rose said it was great to see so many visitors coming to the show that were really well researched and enthusiastic about the motorhome lifestyle.


“For us it was all about creating that dream lifestyle and helping people to realize what product is right for them,” she said. “So many turned up to the show knowing what they wanted. It was exciting to see so many great people entering the industry. It was a good showcase for the industry with large numbers of visitors over the three days.”


To meet the increasing demand for space the Covi SuperShow introduced two new Halls and a new marque for 2018 that featured a huge dedicated accessories area. “The new accessories hall was a real mecca for visitors wanting motorhome and caravan accessories,” Culpan said.  “Feedback from the accessory exhibitors has been positive. The huge change in floorplan worked well and we already have plans on how we can improve it further for next year.”


New Covi NZMCA Insurance Manager Matt Spiller was attending his first show, and was more than happy Covi were so invested in the event as its naming rights sponsor.


“It was a great show and we had so many people through our stand who gave us such good feedback about the show as well. The Covi SuperShow is such a great opportunity to research and buy everything and anything in the motorhome industry.”


Show visitors had the opportunity to win back $10,000 on purchases worth over $30,000 and for the third year RV SuperCentre sponsored an outstanding Gate Prize, a four-week motorhome holiday in the UK and Europe that was won by a very happy Lynn Massie of Muriwai.


“Wow it is just amazing, the best news we have had in ages and we are really looking forward to going to Europe,” Massie said. “Thanks so much RV SuperCentre and the Covi SuperShow.”


Helen Bailey from Otahuhu in Auckland was the winner of the Covi SuperShow Survey prize draw, winning a fantastic electric bike valued at $4,000 from Saints Cycles and the Covi SuperShow.


Next year’s Covi Supershow will be held between the 15th and 17th of March at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds.


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