A family house bus adventure into the world of sustainability
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 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.
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
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11 hours ago
Awesome achievement from one of the great NGOs on board our adventure. Well done to the Sustainable Coastlines and Love your Coast teams and all the thousands of volunteers. Making a difference in the world of ocean plastic pollution.
#loveyourcoast #leaveitbetterthanyoufindit #plasticfreeseasThis is huge. This week we rolled over 500 clean-ups since we started!!! Through our #loveyourcoast programme, we've now removed over 1.3 million litres of litter from our coast. Massive thanks to each of the 59,441 volunteers who lent a hand! ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago
Day 19 of our #fromthebeginning series. The #headdesigner an #artist happy in her work transforming the bus into a unique colourful artwork. Nikki never tired of expressing her creative talents throughout the #conversion. Her ability to visualize the finished article and generate it out of the ether never ceases to amaze me. She loves creating her own colours and using #secondhand and whimsical items to make things look way funkier than I can ever imagine. We used #resenepaints throughout that are #waterbased, #lowvoc and #environmentalchoice certified.
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Ha. Even got the hi-vis going. Did you have OH&S on site ?
You clever chicklet 🙂
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6 days ago
Day 18 of our #fromthebeginning series. More floor preparation shots. We took the bus home to the farm for Christmas 2015. Had some help from our youngest - Reef. Some #repairs to engine hatches were required. The one in our bedroom would be needed a few times in our first few months #ontheroad. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago
Day 17 of our #fromthebeginning series. We had some #fun and a #technicalchallenge removing the original bus heater to make room for the space heating radiator we planned to install. This required some on the fly changes to the cooling system. Beneath the dashboard we discovered the original ARA fleet # 1531 which allowed us to track down a bit of its history. At the same time we did some repair to the front floor starting to get it ready for laying our awesome Net-Works carpet tiles from #inzidenz. ... See MoreSee Less