Vantastic by Chris Hunter
A pictorial history of caravans in New Zealand
by Chris Hunter
Vantastic takes a lively look at one of New Zealand’s most popular traditional holiday pursuits — caravanning. Packed with never-before-published photographs, interviews and memorabilia, it captures the wonderful feelings of freedom and security unique to the ‘home on wheels’ when Kiwis were in love with their freewheeling slice of home at the beach.
It’ll stir the memories of anyone who’s ever hitched a van to the back of the car or smelt sausages cooking at a beach campsite. And with campsites on expensive coastal real estate rapidly becoming an endangered species, it’s a timely reminder of a way of life that’s disappearing fast.
Documenting the beginnings of New Zealand caravanning in the 20s, its post-war rise in the 40s, the peak years of the 70s, the crash of the 80s and on to today, Vantastic creates a vivid portrait of the iconic Kiwi holiday.
Chris Hunter, 37, is married with three children and lives and works in Auckland. He is the Creative Director of New Zealand’s fastest-growing marketing agency, Draft, and has won several of the world’s top advertising awards. He also runs the literary website LeafSalon (www.leafsalon.co.nz). Vantastic is his first book. Photo courtesy of Leon Rose
Release Date 14
Recommended Retail Price $40.00