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

2 weeks ago

The Loop Crew

Picking up plastic and rubbish whenever you're in the #outdoors makes a difference. Picking it up before it reaches the beach, lake or river is even better.
#take3forthesea #plasticfreeforthesea #leaveitbetterthanyoufoundit #loveyourcoast #loveyourwater #lovenature
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Picking up plastic and rubbish whenever youre in the #outdoors makes a difference. Picking it up before it reaches the beach, lake or river is even better.#take3forthesea #plasticfreeforthesea #leaveitbetterthanyoufoundit #loveyourcoast #loveyourwater #lovenature

2 weeks ago

The Loop Crew

Happy new year everyone. Another year kicks off with abundant opportunities to make a positive difference in the world. What will be your #peacefulprotest in 2018? Here are some past success stories for some inspiration.

Greenpeace New Zealand
Ever been told 'there's no point to protest'?

People Power has and does change the world.

This 2018, let's keep making our voices heard on the issues that matter. #Resist
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Greenpeace New Zealand

3 weeks ago

The Loop Crew

Merry Christmas everyone. Peace and love to you all. Have a great day with family and friends and don't forget to recycle your wrapping paper 😀🎁♻️ . ... See MoreSee Less

Merry Christmas everyone. Peace and love to you all. Have a great day with family and friends and dont forget to recycle your wrapping paper 😀🎁♻️ .

 

Comment on Facebook

Hmm... Recycling wrapping paper seems such a futile thing to do in the face of the mountains of plastic stuff that is most likely inside the majority of said wrapping paper. I think the whole gift giving commercialisation of Christmas just has to stop. But it seems people are buying more each year, not less 😕

I love your Christmas tree!

Love to all Grandies busy opening Santa gifts a a bit lata this year

Merry Christmas from Natalie Bridgette Becker Aakervik and Mikkel Becker Aakervik

Merry happys to you loopies!

Merry Christmas to you all xxxxx. Safe travels and best wishes for an AWESOME New Year 😎😜🍾💜💜🥂🎉

Merry X-mas you guys. Hope you have a joyous New Year and best wishes for 2018.

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4 weeks ago

The Loop Crew

Back at our favourite #beach for the first time in about 9 months. Sun is shining 🌝 and it's a great chance to plug the #electriccar into the bus and top it up on #sunshine.
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#theloopcrew #drivingonsunshine #solarpowered #beachlife #buslife #roadlife #offgridliving #skoolielife #homeiswhereyouparkit #newzealand #southisland
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Back at our favourite #beach for the first time in about 9 months. Sun is shining 🌝 and its a great chance to plug the #electriccar into the bus and top it up on #sunshine. ..#theloopcrew #drivingonsunshine #solarpowered #beachlife #buslife #roadlife #offgridliving #skoolielife #homeiswhereyouparkit #newzealand #southisland

 

Comment on Facebook

What beach is that Campbell Sturrock. Can't really tell by the picture but doesn't look like a surf beach even though it looks a bit choppy👍

May be there wed or mckee

Oh wow this is such a special place! You guys must be loving it. Is it busy there over Christmas?

Have a great Xmas you guys!!

1 month ago

The Loop Crew

Day 31 of our #fromthebeginning series is all about #holes. A hole, on the third attempt (kept hitting structural steel), for the water tank filling pipe and breather. Another larger hole cutout, including a piece of structural steel, for an external hatch into our electrical cabinet which houses our 240v plug-in and our inverter. And a hole in the floor under our bed to give us access to the engine fuel pump if needed. We actually used this hatch multiple times in our first few months on the road as we had some running in issues with our #biodiesel.
#measuretwicecutonce
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Day 31 of our #fromthebeginning series is all about #holes. A hole, on the third attempt (kept hitting structural steel), for the water tank filling pipe and breather. Another larger hole cutout, including a piece of structural steel, for an external  hatch into our electrical cabinet which houses our 240v plug-in and our inverter. And a hole in the floor under our bed to give us access to the engine fuel pump if needed. We actually used this hatch multiple times in our first few months on the road as we had some running in issues with our #biodiesel.#measuretwicecutonceImage attachmentImage attachment
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