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’re also 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

An impassioned speech from the great Han Solo who knows a bit about seeing planets destroyed. Simple wisdom "Nature doesn't need people but people need nature."
Get out there and plant some trees, grow some food, reduce your unnecessary consumption and contribute to your community. We can all #lovenature and #loveyourneighbour and #leaveitbetterthanyoufindit every day.

NowThis Politics
'Stop giving power to people who don't believe in science.' — Actor Harrison Ford is warning us to address climate change before it's too late
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4 weeks ago

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Jester House in Tasman has been one of our favourite places to visit, eat good nutritious food, feed the eels, explore the lush gardens and admire the creativity that has been expressed. This video from Living Big In A Tiny House captures everything good about this place and its creators. We love their philosophy "If it's worth doing it's worth doing humorously".
#funism #buildnaturallyThere was an old woman who lived in a shoe. That's how the story goes, but this tiny house is no fairytale. Constructed from ferrocement, this spectacular ho...
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4 weeks ago

The Loop Crew

Sharing this memory from 2 years ago because planting trees, hands in the soil and working with great organisations like Sustainable Coastlines helping communities to improve water quality and boost biodiversity has been a pretty damn fine way to spend our time.
Love your Water #leaveitbetterthanyoufinditSo very proud of our family today helping plant 300 native trees with Sustainable Coastlines, Tasman School and the District Council.
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1 month ago

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So glad to read last week the government wants to address soil loss as well as planting 1 billion trees 2/3 native they say. Not a moment too soon just look at this river! We filmed it on our way round the East Coast in September 2016 not far North of where Tolaga Bay got devastated by forestry land slides coming down the river 2 months ago. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

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There's a human in my forest.....
#saynotopalmoil #palmoilfree

Greenpeace UK
In less than 2 minutes this animation tells the story of an orangutan forced from her home. Turn the sound on to hear Emma Thompson narrate the story of dirty palm oil.

Add your name, and tell companies to end forest destruction for dirty palm oil: bit.ly/2MHd0rC

#SaveRangTan #DropDirtyPalmOil
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