Little Doozy is a Vintage 1963 caravan bar, the perfect addition to any event.

I had always wanted to run my own little business. My husband and I had kept an eye out for a project I could take on but hadn’t found anything that felt right. Then, fate seemed to understand what we needed, and we saw a listing for a caravan bar for sale. The idea of a travelling bar sounded amazing. I love to help people and be a part of their special day. This job could give me both! 

Unfortunately, there were quite a few red flags when we went to view the caravan. I had already attached to the idea of a travelling bar, so my husband and I decided to find a different caravan that we really connected with and then convert it ourselves. Little Doozy came to us in November of 2019, and it was just meant to be. This might sound a little funny, but I fell in love with her instantly. She encapsulated the feeling of Kiwi holidays, of that magical period where you were able to escape from normal life. 

She was built in New Zealand and has spent most of her life traveling around, visiting all the little kiwi towns. I wish I knew more about her, but a lot of her history still remains a secret. Just after we bought her, my husband and I spent four months beach-hopping around the Coromandel with Little Doozy.

When we began renovating her, we found two different WOF’s. One from Dunedin (where she was built) and another from Waiuku. Clearly, she had travelled the length of New Zealand at least once before! 

I really struggled with changing Doozy. She already had so much personality and I didn’t want to do anything that could damage that. I put enormous thought and effort into the details, making sure that every decision was just accentuating her personal style. We wanted her to stay ‘beachy’ and classic, but she also desperately needed an upgrade. Little Doozy got her name from my husband. It’s an old family saying – when we need to get something done, it’s ‘That’s how we doozy it!’. We added the ‘Little’ in, as her small size just adds to her charm.

I decided to convert her into a bar because I had always loved the events industry. I’m a real people person, and love being able to celebrate with others. I also knew how expensive events could be, and I wanted to be able to provide a more affordable option. As we don’t supply the alcohol, you only need to pay for Doozy and the labour. This normally works out to be much cheaper than other bar options, even with the price of the alcohol factored in. 

Another thing I love about Little Doozy is how she has allowed me to make connections with other businesses. I have already partnered up with the lovely team at Soul Flowers Karaka for our flower packages, and I really look forward to being able to work with other small businesses. Now more than ever, people are beginning to understand what small businesses do for our communities. I love that I can support a family business, instead of a corporation. By using little Doozy, you are also feeding this positive cycle. 

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