A family house bus adventure into the world of sustainability

The Crew

We are the Sturrocks – Campbell, Nikki, Bracken, Breeze and Reef – a Kiwi family embarking on the trip of a lifetime around New Zealand in a house bus. Our adventure is a real life experiment in building a motorhome using sustainability principles – considering people and the planet as well as costs in the choices we make. We’ll also be putting these principles into action in our everyday lives on the road. We want to ‘do good’ and shine some light on other people and organisations ‘doing good’ for nature and communities as we travel. We call this leaving it better than you find it.

The Bus

The Loop is an 11 metre 1978 Mercedes 0305 bus with Campbell as the main driver. An ex-ARA Yellow Bus (fleet #1531) that also served as a tour and charter bus from Taupo and Rotorua, it has it’s original 11 litre engine and 3 speed auto gear box. Originally just needing a bathroom and slight rearrangement of the beds The Loop underwent a full scale transformation at Motorhome Repairs Auckland. The Loop is being followed by a 100% electric Nissan Leaf “Little Miss Sunshine” driven primarily by Nikki. These two vehicles make quite a striking team as we travel from town to town.

Our Partners

We have the privilege to be partnering with the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association and their 65,000+ members as they set out on their own sustainability journey in 2016 their 60th year. We are also working with a number of other key partners and sponsors who are committed to doing good in the world. They have been generous with their time, knowledge, products and services in helping us make good choices in The Loop construction and our day to day activities on the road.

 

Places we’ve stayed

 

Our Facebook feed

15 hours ago

The Loop Crew

We live in a beautiful world. Mother nature has gifted us everything we need to survive and landscapes that take your breath away. Let's look after her looking after us.
#onepreciousplanet #mothernature #oneplanet #lovenature #buslife #roadlife #rvlife #skoolielife #majestical #southisland #newzealand #maruiasprings @ Maruia, New Zealand
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We live in a beautiful world. Mother nature has gifted us everything we need to survive and landscapes that take your breath away. Lets look after her looking after us.#onepreciousplanet #mothernature #oneplanet #lovenature #buslife #roadlife #rvlife #skoolielife #majestical #southisland #newzealand #maruiasprings  @ Maruia, New ZealandImage attachmentImage attachment

 

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beautiful!

Beautiful words..thanks 😊

4 days ago

The Loop Crew

Here's a set of photos representing one day of #homeschooling with our beautiful children on the road. It's days like this that reconfirm to us why this life we've chosen is the right one and that the kids aren't missing out on anything not being in school.
Photo 1 - swimming lessons and learning about the hazards present in a swollen river after rain. Photo 2 - #wildfood harvesting following up with baking the blackberries in a pie. Photo 3 - international relations and geography during a shared lunch with visitors from Hong Kong. Photo 4 - strategic thinking and healthy competition during a game of chess with Mum. Photo 5 - teamwork and more swimming lessons off the rope swing. Photo 6 - happy Mumma reflecting on a great day in paradise.

#buslife #roadlife #roadschooling #freeschool #freerangekids #familylife #skoolielife #naturesclassroom #lifeslessons @ Murchison, New Zealand
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Love this!! You guys are giving your kids such an amazing and enriched upbringing, evident in what beautiful people they are. Inspirational!!!!

Very cool guys, reminds me of our days traveling in the little truck with Nik Jensen and Zach Candlish and Levity Beet.

I really enjoy your stories. Your connection to nature and drive for sustainable living. Very inspiring. We don't have to live in a rat race environment. It is our personal choice. For many people it is scary to change your life so drastically. You have done it. Many people are wishing to take this step, but they continue to live in a rat race mode. Fear of uncertainty is too strong to overcome....

Bronwyn Maginnity

5 days ago

The Loop Crew

Last week in Nelson we had the privilege of meeting Hannah from The Rubbish Trip to talk about their zero-waste lifestyle and their current road trip around the country running free community workshops. It was a really inspiring conversation we managed to capture on video. Here's the very condensed version where Hannah shares her key actions to consider if you want to reduce the amount of waste in your life.
You can see the full conversation here - youtu.be/LxyWYODzcmw
#zerowaste #consciousconsumption
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News & Land should meet The Loop Crew while on their NZ tour! You are both awesome 😃

Thanks for this video ~ more please

I am trying to do this. It is challenging. Need to get more bags for bin items so the plastic becomes a zero or close to thing.

We met Liam and Hannah at one of our T3 nights last year. Very inspirational and motivational.

Love this family story from Justsix Backpacks. They've gone about it a different way to us but their intention and outcomes are similar. Quality family time and adventures meeting new people and visiting new places bringing us closer, gathering memories not possessions. We wish them all the best as they adjust back to life not-on-the-road.
#familylife

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A second mortgage on the house freed up $100,000 for this Tauranga family of six to travel 27 countries in one year.
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2 weeks ago

The Loop Crew

Back on the road again after a few months parked up and we got a #flattyre. We don't carry a spare or a jack due to space restrictions. It's not always #plainsailing but at least we made it to a decent park up spot with great views.
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#ontheroadagain #partoftheadventure #theloopcrew #buslife #housebus #roadlife #motorhome #skoolielife #rvlife #vanlife #tinyhouse #simplelife #homeiswhereyouparkit #sustainabletravel @ Motupiko, New Zealand
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Back on the road again after a few months parked up and we got a #flattyre. We dont carry a spare or a jack due to space restrictions. Its not always #plainsailing but at least we made it to a decent park up spot with great views.--#ontheroadagain #partoftheadventure #theloopcrew #buslife #housebus #roadlife #motorhome #skoolielife #rvlife #vanlife #tinyhouse #simplelife #homeiswhereyouparkit #sustainabletravel  @ Motupiko, New ZealandImage attachmentImage attachment

 

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Bummer!

Oh dear! Oh well, could be a lot worse I suppose! Enjoy the river it looks amazing xxx

Bronwyn Maginnity

My dad's car doesn't have a spare either, it came with a device that is designed to re-inflate the tyre and have it last long enough to get to a tyre dealer and have it replaced.

Great to hear you guys are on the road again. Are you planning on heading south?

At least the sun’s still shining on you 😉

Wow, hope you fixed it OK. Nice place to have a flatty.

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