A family house bus adventure into the world of sustainability
We are the Sturrocks – Campbell, Nikki, Bracken, Breeze and Reef – a Kiwi family living permanently in a house bus traveling New Zealand. 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 also put 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 had the privilege of partnering with the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association and their 65,000+ members for two years as they set out on their own sustainability journey back in 2016 their 60th year. We also worked 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.