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Campervans descend . . . The New Zealand Motor Caravan Association Timaru committee members Russell Gibson (right) and Jenny Sargent are looking forward to hosting the "Bottom of The South'' rally this weekend. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

by Greta Yeoman

More than 100 campervans are set to descend on Caroline Bay this weekend.

The Timaru branch of the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) will host a weekend-long gathering of members from South Canterbury, Clutha and Southland at the bay.

Committee member Russell Gibson said the “Bottom of The South” rally was the first multiple-region event the Timaru group had hosted.

“[We are expecting] quite a mob from Clutha.”

He said members expected anywhere around 150 campervans and motorhomes to be parked at the bay over the weekend, with plenty of social events to keep the campers entertained.

“Hopefully it’s going to go all right.”

The motorhome owners would begin turning up on Friday evening, and there would be quizzes, a dance and competitions – including gumboot-throwing – in the line-up, Mr Gibson said.

The best part of being part of the organisation was the social side of rallies, he said.

“It’s just getting together [that’s fun].”

The Timaru branch holds monthly rallies for its members.

Mr Gibson said while a few association members lived in their vans, most were weekend travellers.

While the weekend’s events were mainly for NZMCA members, Timaru residents were able to check out the activities, he said.

“If the public want to come and wander round, they’d be welcome.”